The Afternoon Break
Developing a Daily Game Plan
| Morning Chunk | Afternoon Break | Evening
After lunch, I strongly suggest that you plan to take a
respite. I cannot emphasize this issue strongly enough. I really hope
you get the message, though, since this is one of my strongest opinions
about planning a day at Walt Disney World:
Take a break every afternoon for a couple
or more hours,
even if you are only going to be at WDW
for a few days.
No exceptions allowed!
The break does a lot of things:
- It gives everyone a much-needed change of pace from the hectic frenzy
of the parks.
- It allows your group to have a chance to cool off from the heat of
- The individuals in your party can break away from each other for awhile.
The break from each other can be as important as the physical break
from the crowds and heat.
- It provides a golden opportunity to do and see some of the lesser-known
things at WDW.
Here are just a few of the things you can do during your
Return to your room and take a nap (my personal favorite)
Swim in your hotel pool
Visit another resort and just soak up the atmosphere...and
the typically uncrowded vistas
Putt a round of miniature golf at Fantasia Gardens
Rent and watch a video tape
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 everyday 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 participate in
late night activities.
- You can get up early in the morning and beat the worst of the crowds
at the parks.
- You will be less footsore (a common malady at WDW).
- Everyone in the group will be less tired, less likely to become irritable,
and be more fun to be with (especially on hot days).
- Any children in the group can 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 parks every day).
If you decide to take just one piece of 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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