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