The Affordable Mouse is on vacation this week, at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort. While I’m gone, I am featuring some of my favorite Disney bloggers, for your reading pleasure. We’ll be back next week with the usual schedule….along with a trip report, pictures, and a few surprises. Until then, enjoy today’s Guest Blog!
Today’s Guest is Lisa Battista, author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers, and writer for Chip and Co. Lisa shares the perspective of visiting Disney World with little ones, and offers some excellent suggestions for things to keep in mind when touring the Disney theme parks with preschoolers. In today’s post, Shhh…Naptime in the Disney World Parks, Lisa provides some ideas for that most unique challenge: trying to get naptime in while at the Disney parks:
The best laid plans… We took a family trip to Walt Disney World this spring and brought our then fifteen-month old son. He still naps (thankfully) and he’s not the type of kid who can skip some shut-eye during the day unless we want to deal with some cranky meltdowns. And we don’t. Before our trip, I tried to prepare him for sleeping in the Pack N Play and although it worked at night, he would have none of it during the day. So, with a hope and a prayer, sleeping in the stroller while we toured became our Plan B. He was so comfortable in our stroller from Orlando Stroller Rentals that many days it worked – but not all. Sometimes the heat, sunshine (even with a great canopy), and sensory stimulation was a bit too much for him to drift off. I needed to improvise and find some attractions that would lull him to sleep. I could then put him in his stroller and he would continue to nap while we toured. It wasn’t my ideal plan but I needed to find a way to get my son the sleep he needed and help the rest of the family enjoy the theme parks.….
You can read the rest here: Shhh…Naptime in the Disney World Parks