Planning Your Disney Itinerary: Take a Break

One of the mistakes I sometimes make with my own itineraries is trying to pack too much into our trip – Walt Disney World has so much to do, and I want to do as much as possible! On our last trip I was reminded that trying to do too much quickly leads to me needing a nap. Don’t forget to plan some down time into your trip!

One of the most recommended break times is in the afternoon, which is a great time to head back to your resort – the lines are at their longest and it’s the hottest part of the day. Take a nap or spend some time at the pool, and then you can head back into the parks later for the evening entertainment. Remember to take into account transportation time to and from your resort, so you don’t short yourself on your break time.

On some days, you may also want to take the evening off. Spend the day in the parks, and then in the evening visit the pool or have a leisurely dinner at one of Disney’s resorts. You could also pick some evening activities that give you a break from the bustle of the parks. Jump on the monorail to tour some of the deluxe resorts near the Magic Kingdom, or stroll along Disney’s BoardWalk near Epcot.

Another way to take a break is to pick a day to sleep in. I usually don’t like to sleep in on my trips because that first hour of the morning is a perfect time to visit several popular attractions with little to no wait, but everyone’s different and your family may need a day to sleep in. FastPass+ makes this easier, since you can have your FastPasses set ahead of time.

Of course, you can always do all of the above and take a day off from the parks during your trip. If your vacation is going to be 5 days or longer, definitely considering taking a day off for sleeping in, pool time, a visit to the water parks, or some leisurely shopping and dining. The parks are a ton of fun, but can be overwhelming and exhausting for kids and adults – give yourselves some time to unwind, and everyone will be happier when they do go back to the parks.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful parents and sister. She enjoys long walks, happy thoughts, and Disney magic! Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong. After planning a second trip to Walt Disney World, Elizabeth is now her family’s go-to resource for Disney. She even has her own blog,, with advice on how to plan your next Disney trip. Someday, she even hopes to be an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Elizabeth’s Disney wish list is a mile long, so she’s always ready to plan her next Disney adventure.

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