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  • On Jun 27, 2009
    Lauren 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'm planning a WDW trip with my young family and would love some recommedations on "down time" activities for my little ones when they get a bit worn out.

    Hi Lauren,

    I have to commend you on planning some down time for your family.  Many guests work so hard at trying to see and do everything, that they end up exhausted half way through their trip.  (I can't say I've never been guilty of this, but I've improved over time!)

    We love to allow time for magical, "non-Space Mountain moments" during each trip.  Sometimes, this can be as simple as allowing our kids a chance to sit on a bench at Epcot, watch the dancing water fountains and eat a melting Mickey ice cream bar.  We also love spending time lounging at our resort pool and exploring the resort.  Each property has beautiful landscaping, great shops and restaurants that are great to check out.  Many properties also have a man-made beach, and we love to let the kids simply spend some time playing in the sand.  Downtown Disney is a good spot for window shopping and a great meal.  The Lego Store is a great spot to let kids play, and even has a small playground right next door for some "low key" fun.

    When my kids were young, I made an effort to preserve their schedules (nap time and bedtime) as best as possible.  Sometimes, this meant allowing the kids to nap in their strollers under a shady tree or next to our table while my husband and I enjoyed a quiet meal.  I found that this really helped curb not so little melt downs from exhaustion!

    I hope some of my ideas help.  Have a magical trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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