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The Afternoon Break

Developing a Daily Game Plan | Morning Chunk | Afternoon Break | Evening Chunk

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,

every day,

without fail,

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 day.
  • 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 daily break:

  • 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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