Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jun 1, 2008
    Renee from OH Asked

    Hi Heather! We are coming to WDW in September with two kids, 3&1.5. Everyone recommends a trip back to our Movies Resort for nap time. Will the traveling back and forth from the parks to the resort be a hassle and time-consuming, or will it be ok?

    Well...it can be both!  It really depends on your children's comfort level in new places, and how scheduled they need to be.  If your kids are flexible like mine then you may be able to skip it and do naps in a stroller at the park.  If they need structure, then the time spent traveling back to the resort will be a very small price to pay for a peaceful vacation!

    If you're heading back for nap time then you'll need to get an early start at the parks.  Morning Extra Magic Hours will be great for you, so you can get in early and get the headliner attractions knocked out before the crowds hit.  When the parks start to fill up, head out for a nap and miss the hottest part of the day as well.  What's key for this plan to work is to leave the park well before nap time actually arrives.  If your kids are already tired when you leave, they'll likely crash on the bus which is not fun.  Strollers have to be folded, which means you'll be holding those sleeping kiddos.  And when you get to the resort and try to transfer them back to the stroller, they may wake.  So definitely plan ahead if you want to keep to a nap schedule like the one you have at home.

    Because of that, we don't go back to the resort for naps.  We're an on-the-go family anyway so my girls have always been used to napping in their strollers, and we're not schedulers so we're flexible.  Also it's much easier for my kids to stay up later at night than it is to rise early in the morning.  We skip the morning extra hours and sleep later, and once we head to a park we are out for the entire day.  The kids nap in a stroller when they're tired, and we relax in a shady area as a nice break.  I find this to be an advantage for us because the kids generally nap later in the day than they would at home, so they are able to stay up later as well.  And we can see the night shows and fireworks that are past their 'normal' bedtime at home.
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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