Anyone else skip afternoon rest?


#1

If we go back in the afternoon, our day would be over in the parks. Anyone else RD and push through to an early dinner and call it a day? With a little, we can't really make nighttime happen.


#2

I never take planned breaks; I'm RD to closing every day. But I have no kids, and I only go in the cooler months...


#3

That's exactly what we do. We get there at rope drop and head back to the hotel after dinner. We always have a stroller for a quick little nap for our daughter if needed. It's worked for us for 3 trips in a row (ages almost 3, 4, and almost 5).


#4

Depends on the time of year. In winter the parks close pretty early anyway so breaks are not really necessary unless you have very little kids.
In the heat/humidity, a break is almost required (for thick blooded northerners!). And the parks are open later so going back is usually fine.


#5

We do this every August but we know we can't do consecutive park days. Need the rest/pool days in between.


#6

Before DS came along, DH and I usually went RD-close. We've taken DS at 15mo & 2. We try to stick to his schedule, which allows for RD. He naps pretty well in the stroller, and then sleeping by 9. We were usually back to the resort between 7-8. The mid-day break wouldn't work for us. We have taken more leisurely mornings, though. DS is always up between 5:30-7, but we don't rush off to a park. We lounge around the room, go swimming, enjoy the resort, etc.


#7

That will really depend on your little one... if they are the type who will sleep in the stroller while you have a meal or watch a show then I can see it working. If not then it may be more of an issue. It may also be a question of the adults and/or older kids' stamina... keep in mind that RD day is also a pretty early day, given that you'll likely be leaving the hotel room by 7:15am at the very latest (and that's if you're staying onsite) so even just pushing through to a 5:00pm dinner is going to be a 10 hour day, and while most people can do one or two days of that and some can do that every day, lots will start to poop out after a couple of long days and crabbiness/burnout can be a major thing. Physical exhaustion can be an issue, as well... in addition to the energy-sapping heat (which isn't such an issue for some people, but for others it's really a problem) there's just the sheer size of the place. In a typical WDW park day, even with a 3-hour midday break and 2 table service meals I still usually will take 20,000+ steps.

In the end you just have to gauge your family's temperaments and habits, and maybe plan to be flexible in case your estimation turns out to be a little off.