Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Mar 19, 2010
    Amy from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Read about going back to hotel for rest during day when visiting parks. What time do you recommend leaving hotel to return back to MK or HS in the evening. Staying at POFQ. What time should we make ADR at the park after our return that evening?

    Hi, Amy! You're on your way to perfect planning with these kinds of questions. Going back to the hotel for a midday break is an excellent idea. It's a time of day when attractions experience their longest wait times, and it gives parents and kids a chance to recharge and prepare for a more relaxed evening. Essentially, a win-win.

    A good rule of thumb is to allow one hour for travel time between the resort and a park. It usually doesn't take that long, but it's a lot easier to stomach time gained than time lost.

    Here's an example for how we bring it all together:

    We make our dinner ADRs to be around 5:30 p.m. Doing so allows us to have lunch in the park in the 11:00 a.m. hour before returning to our resort. That puts us back in our room between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. In a perfect world, that's a three to four hour nap, and it's surprising how easy the kids will crash and snooze during that time. In the event that the long nap doesn't manifest, take a dip in the pool and then head out for the park around 4:30 p.m.

    Have a good trip!
thumbnail image for Joel

Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.