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The Best Disney World Attractions for Naps

by on August 11, 2015

Carousel of Progress is a famous nap location, but is it the top choice?

Carousel of Progress is a popular nap location, but is it the top choice? Photo by Maddi Higgins

Naps are absolutely essential to a successful day at Walt Disney World. Human bodies are not designed to survive the high temperatures and treacherous treks through a Disney park. Unfortunately, whether it’s the timing of a reservation or the location of your hotel, it may not be possible to leave the park for your break. Lucky for you, I’ve done the strenuous research to discover the single best attraction in each park for a nap. My recommendations are based on the following criteria:

  • Comfort of Seating: It’s impossible to fall asleep if you can’t get in a comfortable position.
  • Length of Show: A 2-minute nap will not cut it when you need rest.
  • Temperature of Location: The point is to get out of the Florida sun. Naps are time to cool off.
  • Level of Noise and Light: If you fall asleep, you don’t want to be jerked awake by noise and bright lights.

Magic Kingdom Winner: Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents is famous for its napping accommodations. Unofficial Guide readers report it as their go-to spot for cranky kids—and adults—to relax. The location scores high in all napping qualifications.

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The Art of the Walt Disney World Nap

by on July 3, 2013

With over forty square miles of non-stop fun, Disney vacations can get overwhelming and exhausting for even the most intrepid traveler. But never fear – the cure for the tired tourist is the tried and true Walt Disney World nap. Let’s get right to it … so I can go lie down.

Going back to the room for a nap is usually well worth the travel time.

Going back to the room for a nap is usually well worth the travel time.

I’ve paid a zillion dollars for my Disney vacation. Why would I want to waste my time napping?

More power to you if you can make it through a week of 16 hour days racing from Space Mountain to Pluto, but most folks find that the Florida sun saps their strength after about 4 to 6 consecutive hours of park touring. After that, most children, and many adults, find that they need a break to recharge their batteries. Without some sort of rest or change of focus, energy flags, tempers flare, and interpersonal skills completely disintegrate.

When you walk through the parks and see the crying kids, the bickering spouses, and that guy yelling at a cast member, you’re looking at people who are not enjoying their expensive vacation because they didn’t want to waste their money by taking a nap. Hmmmmmm, what’s wrong with that picture?

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