Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jun 25, 2012
    Farrah from Cornwall 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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    Hi Moms panel, Im after tips on how to keep my 8 year old daughter up when we arrive in Florida, 2:30pm Florida time,7:30pm UK time (bedtime) Sleeping on the plane would be the best idea but cant see it happening due to way to much excitement!!! Thank y

    I have the opposite problem with my kids, Farrah; we jump three hours ahead when we visit Walt Disney World and come midnight nobody is ever tired!  That said, I would think much of the hustle and bustle of landing in the airport and heading to your resort is going to keep her up.  From there, you'll have the excitement of checking in to your resort and settling there.  And then, of course, you have dinner time.  Once you make it through your evening meal, I would actually suggest maybe letting your daughter sleep.  I know it seems counter intuitive if the end goal is to get your bodies used to local time.  Here's the thing, though: vacationing with a rundown kid does not a magical vacation make.  If it were me, I would allow (encourage even!) a few extra hours of sleep wherever I could fit them in.  What is bound to happen otherwise is that she'll be cranky and--if she's anything like my kids--she'll get sick once her body wears down and that really puts a damper on any trip.  I know there will be a lot to see and to do, but keep in mind that vacation should be relaxing.  Go ahead and snooze for an extra couple of hours.  Something tells me you'll be happy you did!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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