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Don’t Want To Go Home Exhausted From Your Disney Vacation? Here Are A Few Tips!

Everyone deserves a vacation to rest, relax and return to regular life feeling rejuvenated. Unfortunately, there are those of us who prefer to use our precious vacation tie at Disney World, and while a Disney vacation is fun, it is anything but relaxing. Still there are ways to do Disney during your vacation days without completely wearing your body out.  If you do it right, you might even be able to return home feeling rested rather than exhausted beyond belief. Here are our top tips for doing just that.

 

1. Prepare Your Body

You’ll want to begin taking steps (literally and figuratively) toward a less exhausting vacation before you ever leave home- and possibly before you ever book.  You see, a body that is acclimated to lots of waling is less likely to revolt when you walk for miles and miles at Disney World.  therefore we highly recommend preparing your body by going on daily walks, slowly increasing the length of your walks until walking a couple miles at a time is no biggie.

2. Stay On-site

When planning your trip, you will want to stay onsite if at all possible. Not only does staying in a Disney hotel keep you on that magical Disney bubble, it also gives you more time to rest.  This is because getting to and from the parks won’t take as long, meaning:

  1. You can return to the hotel for a nap in the middle of the day
  2. You won’t have to wake as early to get to the parks in the mornings, and
  3. You’ll get back to your room earlier in the evening so you can get into bed at a reasonable time

3. Pick and Choose

Doing everything at Disney World in one trip is pretty much impossible.  If anything, we think it’s best to skip that whole idea and be much more selective about what you do there. Deciding on a few key must-do attractions and knowing in advan e that you won’t see it all will help you pace yourself, making the experience less stressful and less tiring.

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4. Plan Routes Wisely

In addition to choosing only the most important attractions to you, you’ll also want to play your routes to those attractions wisely. someone who goes in without a plan can easily do a lot of backtracking throughout a day that becomes extremely exhausting. By planning your route going in, you can make sure you sere everything on your list with as little wasted walking as possible.

5. Add In a Rest Day (or Two)

If you plan on being at Disney for more than three days or so, we recommend building a rest day into the middle of your trip. No, we’re not talking about sitting around doing nothing on your rest day. It’s just a day where you can avoid the parks and try to do more relaxing, less-stimulating things—swimming, watching movies, mini golf, eating out, etc.

Senses Spa
Photo credit Disney

6. Use the Spas

Another great thing to do on that rest day is visit one of the onsite spas. There are a few different spas on Disney property. All are located in Deluxe Resorts and all offer absolutely fabulous treatments. Booking a massage or any other type of relaxation session is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated.

7. Take Afternoon Breaks

You can also sneak in some relaxation by planning in afternoon breaks. The parks are the most crowded in the afternoons, and the weather can get pretty hot during those afternoon hours besides. By hitting the parks at opening, leaving to take a midday nap back at the hotel, and heading back to the parks around dinner time, you’ll miss the biggest crowds and hottest weather and get in some extra rest. Seriously, don’t underestimate this tip, folks.

Nemo Show

8. See Shows

Get off your feet some of the time by planning to see as many shows as possible. Most Disney shows have seating of one kind or another, and they can be anywhere from 10–40 minutes long. These are a great opportunity to rest your feet while still being immersed in the magic of Disney.

9. Stay Hydrated

Of course, hydration is just as important as diet (if not more so). Make sure you stay hydrated in order to keep your body in tip-top shape and thus avoid issues such as headaches and fatigue. Cups of water are free at all counter-service restaurants, so there’s no excuse for becoming dehydrated.

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Photo Credit: Disney

Bonus Tip!

BONUS TIP: Consider planning and booking your next Disney trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can trust like Mickey Travels. They’ll help you get the best Disney travel deal, share expert advice and their services are totally FREE! It’s genius! Discover More >



10. Sleep Well

Finally, you will of course want to make sure you sleep well throughout your vacation. For some, this means bringing a pillow or blanket from home. Others require white noise. Whatever it is that helps you sleep, make sure you pack it. Additionally, as tempting as it is to stay up all night long, you will want to make sure you get to bed at a decent time each night.

Which resort activities are your family’s favorites?  We’d love to hear what your downtime must-do’s are!  

About Chris G

Chris Gonzales is a writer and freelance editor who hails from Oklahoma City but full-time RVs with his wife and son. As a family of WDW Passholders, they spend much of their time in Orlando and have become quite knowledgable about the parks. Though their travels take them away from time to time, they always find their way back.