If You Don’t Take One of These At Walt Disney World, You May Regret It Later

Bay Lake Tower bed, Bay Lake Tower 1 bedroom, bay Lake Tower DVCI’ve spent a lot of time walking through the Disney World  parks, and I’ve come to one big conclusion. I don’t care how much fun I am having riding roller coasters and seeing shows, I need a nap to get me through the day.  This may go against the touring plans of some, but I’m going to suggest that you do too.

To see everything and ride every ride in every park besides Animal Kingdom, it will almost certainly take more than a day. Animal Kingdom has a smaller feel, but during busy times of the year, the waits can prevent you from seeing everything even there. If you probably can’t see an entire park all in one day anyway, give yourself time for a nap.

I’m a numbers gal, and I wear a pedometer on vacations. I walk 10 to 12 miles each day at Disney,. One crazy day two years ago, between checking out of a hotel, checking into a resort, and staying up late at the M.K., my entire family each walked 21 miles that one day.  It was brutal. I seriously doubt anyone can walk the parks in under six or seven miles a day. I think the average has to be ten miles at a minimum.

You will be tired by lunch. Your kids, especially in the hot Florida summers, will be tired by lunch. The younger they are, the more exhausted they will be. Go back to your hotel, take a swim if it’s pleasant out, and take a nap. Make your kids take a nap too. You might even want to have Dad rest for a little while.  He’s not Superman, after all.

Kids aren’t big nappers? Turn off the room lights and have them lay quietly. Maybe they’ll fall asleep simply from sheer exhaustion. If your child hasn’t taken a nap since they were 18 months old, like my middle child, turn on the TV softly and close your eyes. The best that can happen is you’ll all fall asleep and wake up ready to take on the parks that afternoon. If the worst that happens is you get some rest, well, that’s not such a bad deal either.

A Disney vacation can create memories that last a life time, but I have found the absolute most important part of my Disney day to be a nap.

Now, I know you won’t all agree. I know some of you hit the parks at rope drop and go until the Cast Members gently escort you out of the gates when you are the last remaining soul standing in front of Cinderella Castle.  I did that during Spring Break this year. I was one of three people remaining at the entrance to Main Street U.S.A.,  snapping unobstructed photos at 1 a.m., and my teen daughter, slumping on the sidewalk, was begging me to shoulder my camera and hop a monorail.

I know some of you will say that you can rest when you get home. How many days can you keep up that pace?

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So, despite the money this vacation will cost me and the rides I may miss from noon until four or five p.m., I plan to head back to my room for a nap. Maybe I’ll see you walking out of the turnstile.

Stop by our Facebook page (Mouze Kateerz) and tell us if you are a Disney-’til-You-Drop kinda vacationer, or if you sneak in that nap back at the resort.

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride. Happy napping!

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Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    We just let the day go as it may. When it’s hot and crowded, we’re more likely to go back to the resort and relax. When it’s cool and less crowded, we might play the day away, even if it means going home a little early. With a 6 year old, some days just depend on his mood!

    • Yup, I totally agree. I have been known to skip the nap in the winter, but that also depends on how late I stayed up the night before. I’ve taken a few naps in 3D movies when necessary. I am so glad you go with the flow with your son. He will appreciate that when he is 35! Thanks for stopping by!
      Amanda

  2. My son refuses to nap. And then of course he crashes at sunset and is up at the crack of dawn. (Like last night – crashed at 7:15 and was up at 4:45.) We didn’t get to see any fireworks last year. He’ll be 6 this trip.
    I think I’ve convinced DH to rent a stroller this year, both to save his shoulders, and hoping that maybe this will conserve some of little man’s energy. At the very least, we could let him keep sleeping in the stroller so we can catch the fireworks. Good idea? Bad idea? Any other ideas?

    • Yikes! My son never napped, but he never crashed early either. I vote yes on the stroller. I vote yes to let him sleep in the stroller so you can stay up later. I am a BIG proponent of staying up late. If you woke him up at 8, could he wake up enough to ride some stuff and go back to bed? Bribe him with ice cream so you can sleep past 6!! Best wishes, and thanks for stopping by.
      Amanda

      • We can only try, right? 🙂 My plan is to still go back in the afternoon to relax, pool-time, whatever.

  3. Amanda,

    Great blog!

    Brenda and I don’t nap. But we usually wrap up by 4 PM. Then back to the room, I like to take a hot soak, we write our daily vacation blog, then bed!

    However, we have considered trying to take a nap, so we can enjoy more late night events. So great advice!

    Brenda & Roger

  4. Unfortunately, I only get to Disney once every 7 years or so. So, when I finally do get to have a Disney vacation, it’s full steam ahead! No rest for the weary. Nap isn’t even in my vocabulary. I either take a stroller or rent one for the little ones and they can sleep as I explore the park. It’s too expensive to miss a minute of the magic, so I go, go, go!!

    • 7 years- I say you better drink a couple Red Bulls and wear sunglasses to cover up the circlas under your eyes. Yes, in your case, sleep when you get home! Thanks for stopping by…Amanda

  5. Christa says:

    We nap sometimes (we’ve taken 7 trips with kids and the oldest of our kids was 4 on the last trip), but honestly, with the bus ride back to the hotel and then catching the bus back to the resort, it’s not worth the trouble, most days. We just let the kids nap in the sling or the stroller. How long can we keep up our crazy pace? Well, we’ve survived until vacation is over, but the longest has been 10 days. I am going to invest in a pedometer next trip though, you have me intrigued!!! I’m hoping to do two weeks next time, and have *some* downtime! In theory, the nap is great. I would LOVE to swim in the afternoon. But generally, if we need some downtime we just start late or turn in early. But by all means, the rest of you go nap in the afternoon. Less people in the parks for us!

    • I agree, those bus rides can be LONG. Seriously, get back to me on your mileage. A 12 mile day is nothing new to me, and I have a tendency to wander the resorts late at night when all is quiet except the cleaning crew. I’m headed out for a 3 mile training walk right now. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  6. 4loveswdw says:

    I have been hitting up Amanda for help on our first long summer trip in 19 days!! A nap is now scheduled on our days. We are not used to the late nights because we are usually in the off season when we go and the parks close early. I also do the pedometer and I am impressed with the 21 miles. We are usually around the 9-11 miles each day!!

    • Uh, 21 miles was a disaster!! I hope to never repeat that again. 10 I can live with. My plan is water parks/Quest in the morning, nap, then park after 4. Some days anyway. Woohoo on 19 days!!!!!
      You better start packing!

      • 4loveswdw says:

        I know but I have to do my Haiti packing first then my Disney packing will be left in another suitcase!! Crazy but I am getting so excited!

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