Mom With Kids After RunDisney; Mickey Fantasia Hat; Donald Duck Hat; Goofy Hat
  • On Jun 12, 2008
    Allison from NJ 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 love this forum! We are going 6/18-6/26 w/ a 6 yr girl & a 2 1/2 yr boy. Our biggest problem is going to be having to go back & take naps. I would love to do the 10:30 Fantasmic, but that is just asking for trouble? What Is the best day to go?

    Only you can tell how your children might react to a deviation from their regular sleep schedule. My kids happened to be very sensitive to sleep disruptions. Until they were all age seven, we never even tried to skip the afternoon rest or to keep them up for a late-night event. For us, messing with sleep patterns was "asking for trouble." But Moms Panelist Heather R has written about her kids being quite adaptable to napping in the stroller in the late afternoon and staying up for late fireworks and shows. Everyone's kids are different. If you want to really see how yours might react to a late night, you could keep them up until midnight tonight and see what happens. (I'm not joking.) This would give you a baseline of knowledge about how this might work at WDW.

    As far as the problem of having to go back to the hotel for naps goes, I actually thought of that "problem" as a little gift for me. When I'm home and the kids have downtime (when they were younger for naps, now it's when they're doing their reading homework), that's when I feel obligated to do chores. The kids are occupied and quiet, so and I'm folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, prepping dinner, or writing PTA emails. But when we're at WDW and the kids are occupied and quiet, the chores aren't there and I'm forced to actually rest and relax. I read a novel or do a crossword puzzle or (gasp) take a nap myself. This vacation-within-a-vacation is one of the best parts of being away from home.

    If you do want to keep your kids up late, but gut reaction would be to do it on the 25th, so that your kids sleep on the way home. But again, only you can judge how they will react.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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