If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World you know it’s super easy to feel like you need a vacation after your Disney vacation. If you haven’t made it to there yet, let me tell you why….Walt Disney World is HUGE!!! It’s not unusual to walk 10-12 miles in one day while checking out all the fun attractions, cool shops, and tasty treats. Couple this amount of activity with our typically sedentary lives and you’ve got the perfect recipe for after vacation blues and body aches. No worries though! We’re here to help with our top 6 ways to not be exhausted after your Disney vacation:
1. Lengthen Your Trip
Trust me, I know first hand how expensive a trip to Walt Disney World can be (remember, I make ZERO dollars). But hear me out on this one. The reason most people feel like they have to spend every waking moment pounding the pavement in the parks is because, again, Walt Disney World is HUGE!!! The shorter your trip the more you feel like you have to cram in each day.
This often leads to Rope Drop to Fireworks syndrome. You wake up at the crack of dawn for park opening and stay in the parks until they put you out. By adding a day or two to your trip you give yourself more time to see all that Walt Disney World has to offer and still fit in a little down time.
2. Take a Nap
One of the best tips we can give you to ensure that you’re rested after you Disney vacation is to take a nap! A go back to your resort room, pull the shades, grab your blankey, no tv on in the background type of nap. Our general touring strategy is rope drop, midday nap, and back to the parks (generally a different one from the morning with our Park Hopper).
Even if you’re like me and not much of a napper, just rest. You’ll be surprised how tired you are; you just may become a temporary napper during your stay. Walt Disney World is the only place my kids have ever asked to take a nap, HA!
3. Schedule Table Service Meals for Lunch
Table services meals are restaurants where you sit down and have a server, courses, and the whole shebang. While these sit down meals are a big part of what we love about our Walt Disney World vacation, they can be long. Throw in some characters and they can be horrendously long with sleepy kiddos in tow! A few trips ago we started scheduling the majority of our table services for lunch.
On most days we eat a very light breakfast in the room. So after a long morning in the park we are super hungry. A nice sit down for lunch is the perfect segue to our midday break. And if we decide to call it an early night at the parks or choose to not go back at all, we can do so without worrying about being charged for canceling our Advance Dining Reservations.
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4. Don’t Go to the Parks
I know, I know! You paid a lot of money for this trip and want to see and do everything Walt Disney World has to offer. Just try taking one day towards the middle of your trip to take a break from the parks. Leave the park bag in the room, skip the metal detectors and attraction lines and find some low key fun. Walt Disney World has sooooo much more to offer in addition to the parks!
Spend the day relaxing by the pool. Check out the local Premium Outlets or Disney Springs. Do some resort hopping and choose a different resort to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at! Even if you can’t spare an entire day, have some fun at the parks in the morning, leave around lunch time and relax for the rest of the day. When you wake up and hit the parks the next day your body will thank you.
5. Go to Bed Early and Sleep In
In our opinion there is nothing more magical than seeing Main Street all lit up at night. We always say the parks literally transform into a whole other park at night. While we do recommend you go see the parks at night, we don’t recommend you go and shut down the park every night. Go ahead and do it a few nights but you’ll definitely be exhausted if you do it every night of your trip. Pick a night to go to bed early and then sleep in. If not at the same time, then pick a few nights to go to bed early and hit the parks first thing and also pick some nights to stay up late but then sleep in. This strategy will definitely give you more energy as you get closer to heading home.
6. Make Your Last Day a Lazy Day
All too soon you’ll look up and it will be the last day of your awesome Walt Disney World vacation. Unless you’re a local that means you’ve got some travel ahead of you. Whether you drive like us or catch a flight home, traveling is so much easier when you’re rested. We used to not go to the parks at all on our last day, but these last few trips the pull to go back has been too hard to resist. Instead of avoiding the parks all together, we’ve made a pack to keep it light on our last day.
Don’t try to fit in too much; get on a few rides, catch a show, get a good meal and then get some rest. A good tip is to not to forget to take into account the time it will take to get to the park of your choice on your last day. This is why we never go to the Magic Kingdom on our last day. It can take 45 minutes just to make it through the gates! Absolutely have fun your last day, but don’t push to hard. Make your last day an amazing but lazy day.
So there you have it! Our top 6 tips for how to not be exhausted after your Disney vacation. Do you have any tips for relaxing while at Disney? We’d love to hear them below in the comments!
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