Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taking a Break - Good for Kids and Adults Alike

Touring Plans had a great post today - "The Magic of Taking a Break." I'll be the first to admit that I don't always bear this in mind, and it is my wife that keeps our family in check when it comes to taking necessary breaks.

Taking an afternoon break for naps allows younger kids (like our 2.5 year old son) to stay up later than they normally do to see the fireworks. Our son had never been awake as late as he was when we watched the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes, but he did amazing because we had taken a break for a long nap earlier in the day (in fact he only cried because he didn’t want to leave the park after the fireworks!).

If your kid(s) are able to stay-up later, you get great memories like this - totally worth giving up a few hours during the day!
Watching the Main Street Electrical Parade - exactly as I remember it from when I was a kid!

Watching the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Plus, you can avoid the hottest time of the day at the parks if you break midday. And, even if you don't go in for a nap, you can relax by the pool, go swimming, etc. to cool down and just take a break from the fast pace of touring the parks. Or, use your break to grab some lunch and/or some drinks.

Another routine we found to work well for us on our last trip was to hit Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon first thing in the morning before crowds got too long, and then head back to our hotel for naps after lunch before visiting a park in the late afternoon/evening.

Want more advice on touring the parks and inside information on how do so efficiently? Be sure to check out Touring Plans!


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