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Here at TouringPlans.com and the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World we are constantly touting the benefits of taking a midday break form the parks. Most of our Touring Plans have breaks built into them, encouraging guests to get a respite from the hustle and bustle of the parks. A day of hitting attractions can be an exhausting undertaking so anything you can do to ease your pain is worthwhile!
You may be saying to yourself but why waste all that valuable park time when you’ve paid for your admission. A couple hours out of the heat will do wonders for your groups’ morale. Would you rather have a child who’s had a nap staying up past their normal bedtime to catch the fireworks, or one who’s had to tough it out all day? I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I know how cranky my nieces and nephew get when they are wiped out. That’s not to say we adults don’t need a rest from time to time as well! It is amazing how rejuvenating a little rest and relaxation provides when I escape the parks (especially during the hot and busy mid-day hours). A quick nap and my whole body feels better and I’m ready for the evening’s festivities!
A nap isn’t the only option, though. How about a swim at your resort pool? A few weeks ago I wrote about
some of my favorites, and I’m sure you would find them to be a great getaway from the typical pace of a day at Disney World. If you aren’t inclined to getting wet, how about lounging poolside for a while? Maybe with a good book or your kindle and a cocktail. Spending some time back at your resort no matter what your activity is a great way to take a breather.
To make taking a break back at your resort less time consuming, I recommend using your own car or a rental car to get around Walt Disney World. This way, you won’t have to wait in like for a bus multiple times or stop at other resorts which can really eat away at your relaxation time. If you have your own wheels you can create your own schedule and not have to rely on anyone else to get you from one point to another in a timely fashion. You will also have more time to actually relax during your break too. Of course, you can still use Disney transportation to move around WDW without a problem, you will just spend a bit more time doing so.
If you don’t want to haul all the way back to your resort there are plenty of restful options. If you are at the Magic Kingdom or Epcot why not take a few laps on the monorail? If they are not too crowded you should be able to sit comfortably in air conditioning for a while until you are ready to journey back into the parks. The boat transportation offered at both of these parks as well as Disney’s Hollywood Studios would also provide a great place to sit down for a while. I am partial to boats and being on the water puts me at ease, so this sounds like a great plan to me!
Perhaps you’d like to visit a nearby resort. Guests can explore the lobbies and scenery at various resorts to escape the parks for a while. May you’ve never been to the Polynesian before, well there’s no time like the present to check it out! There is plenty of indoor air conditioned seating as well as chairs along the beach where you can watch the world go by. The Boardwalk Inn’s lobby is another favorite of mine with its seaside theme I find very relaxing. All of the resorts also have their own stores for guests to browse. Some of these retail outlets offer unique items you won’t find elsewhere. When all else fails you can head to the resort bar to hang out for a while. My friends and I will often hop on the monorail from the Magic Kingdom to grab a drink from one of the surrounding hotels in the late afternoon. It has been a great way to create our own little happy hour, especially since alcohol is not served in the Magic Kingdom.
Heading to a resort for a leisurely lunch break is also a great idea. Your party can wander around the resort of a few minutes before sitting down for a nice, quiet meal. The restaurants in the resorts are often less crowded, making it easier for the cast members to accommodate your group. Advanced dining reservations are more readily available at these eateries and sometimes you can even walk up without prior arrangements and be seated. You will also not feel as rushed to clear the table and get back to the park if you’ve made the journey to a hotel restaurant. If you would rather stay in the park, there are obviously a ton of lunch choices. I really recommend taking the time to have a table service meal midday if your plan is to stay in the park all day. You will still get an hour or so of rest before heading back out into the heat and crowds.
These are just a few examples of ways to escape the often frantic pace of touring one of the WDW theme parks. After a break you and your family will feel refreshed and ready to take on more attractions! You could be the family who is genuinely smiling for photos late in the day, or you could be the family who is too exhausted to enjoy themselves. It is amazing what a few hours out of that busy and often overwhelming can do! What about you? What are your favorite things to do during a mid-day break from the parks? Let me hear your suggestions in the comments!