The Daily Afternoon Break
I can't emphasize the importance of this issue too much. I really hope you get
the message, though, since this is one of my strongest opinions about planning a
day in a Disney theme park. Take a break EVERY afternoon for a couple or more
house. Every day. Without Fail. Even if you're only going to be at Disneyland
for a few days. No excuses.
The break does a lot of things. First, it gives everyone a much-needed change
of pace from the hectic frenzy of the park. Second, it allows you party to have
a chance to literally cool off from the heat of the day. Third, the various
people in your group can take the time to just get away from each other for
awhile. The break from each other can be as important as the physical break from
the crowds and heat.
Here's just a few of the things you can do during your daily break:
go to your room for a nap
take a swim in your hotel's pool
go visit the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel and just soak up the atmosphere...and the
typically uncrowded vistas
read a book
use the hot tub...and try to talk your spouse into a foot massage (good
luck on that one)
You might think that taking a break every day is a waste of precious time,
but trust me...you will enjoy your days much more if you have such a siesta.
Everyone in your party be more refreshed and able to do late night
You'll be able to get up early in the morning and beat the worst of the
crowds at the park.
You'll be less footsore.
Everyone will be less tired, less likely to become irritable, and be more
fun to be with (especially on hot days).
Children, especially, will have a chance to get back to familiar
surroundings and reduce the "input overload" problem (the hotel
room is more familiar than the many new vistas they will see in the park
If you take any of my advice, do this. If you don't, you'll wish you had.
Besides, the other members of your group will probably wish you did. Don't play
Disney-commando. It simply isn't worth it. Besides, vacations are supposed to be