Mom And Son On Run
  • On Sep 19, 2009
    Kelley from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I want to hear about experiences leaving park midday to rest @ hotel. Want to try it, but am afraid kids (age 2 & 5) will fall asleep on the bus trip back to the resort & wake up when we arrive back @ hotel. Don't want that to become wasted time!

    Hi Kelley,

    Isn't that the way it always works?  Even at home.  I'll put my youngest down for a nap, and she won't sleep.  Then she'll fall asleep as I'm backing out of the driveway to run to the grocery store that's a two minute drive from my house.

    Anyway, it works best for our family to think about heading back to the resort about thirty minutes before their scheduled nap time.  We're early risers, so we usually take advantage of the morning extra magic hours in a park, or we eat an early breakfast and make it to a park for the rope drop.  We spend the next few hours enjoying attractions -- you'd be surprised how much you can get done in the first couple hours of the park opening.

    At about 11:30 we start thinking about lunch and heading back.  We usually make it back to our resort by about 12:30/1:00, ready for nap time and a quick swim.  By 3:30 or so, we're ready to head back to the parks and enjoy the rest of our evening.

    The only downside to this plan is that we often miss the 3:00 parades.  I know my children would love them, but keeping a normal schedule is the best plan for our family.

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

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. 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. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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