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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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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 activities.

  • 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 every day).

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 relaxing, right?

 

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