Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 28, 2009
    Melissa from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Diane please help, I have DS7 and DD 2 ( like you). How do you handle late nights for parades? Is the next day an early day? I am worried if we do late night but don't get up early next day we will have long crowds. ( coming in Aug for 7n 8 d)

    Hi Melissa,

    Evening parades and fireworks are so magical at Disney World!  Unfortunately, the magic is not worth it if you are dealing with exhausted children.  This doesn't mean we avoid the fireworks altogether, but we mix in early evenings with late nights.  Also, if there are two showings of a parade, we opt to see the earlier show - even though it may be more crowded, it works best for my little ones.

    As far as the next day is concerned, my children are like little alarm clocks.  No matter how late they go to bed, they WILL NOT sleep in.  On Saturday mornings at home this is a little annoying, but at Walt Disney World it works to our advantage.  We do get up early the next day and head to the parks before the crowds.  Then we head back to our resort after an early lunch for some rest time.  Even my seven year old will lay down and quietly read or watch the Disney Channel -- and if all else fails, one of us will take the older kids down for a swim while the baby (and parent) sleeps.

    After a rest, we'll head back to a park for dinner and a couple of attractions.  Then we come back to the resort as soon as we see that the kids have had enough.  The day after watching fireworks is usually fairly low key.  You're staying for a nice, long visit, so this schedule should work well for you.

    I think you'll find that your 2 year old will just fall asleep in the stroller when she's "had enough".  Your son is the one that will really need the time to rest and recharge during the day.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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