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Princess_Michelle
06-14-2007, 01:11 PM
Last year I realized that my son really needs a nap everyday at DisneyWorld. (He just turned 3) BUT, I hate going back to the hotel b/c it takes so much stinkin' time. So, I have an idea, and you guys tell me if you think it will be OK. We have one of those small sun-tents that you take to the beach for toddlers. It folds up like those hampers and has a handle (it fits in the stroller storage). I was thinking of carrying it along and whenever we feel like he needs a nap, or just a break, we find somewhere out of the way and pop it open to let him rest. Do you think I would be told I couldn't do that?? I was thinking of quiet places like Tom Sawyer's island, the little "boardwalk" area around the Liberty Square, the walkway area b/t Toontown Fair & Space Mountain, the baby center area in EPCOT, or just anywhere that we could find a spot in the shade or out of traffic. In animal kingdom I could use the rooms that they have in the Baby center, so I wouldn't even need the tent there. Anyways, it would just be a lot easier than going back to the hotel.............what do you guys think????

pepe of ohio
06-14-2007, 01:39 PM
Our children are grown and gone but we still go to WDW and look forward to the mid day break. Getting away from the heat and crowds is heaven for us. Its not that hard to return to your resort and relax in some ACed room.

I guess you could find some secluded spot but the heat penetrates right through you.

alloyd1170
06-14-2007, 02:04 PM
I dont know where you would find a shady spot on grass in the parks to use a tent. When our kids napped, they did it in the stroller. We would either take turns watching the napping child and riding rides with the other, go shopping, or go eat. Many restaurants will let you bring in a smaller stroller if a child is napping in it. Lets us eat in peace, and in the ac!

We stay at CR so getting back there isnt always a pain. Weve only done it twice though (once due to rain, another just for a break).

Princess_Michelle
06-14-2007, 02:52 PM
Yeah, after thinking about it some more and talking with my aunt (fellow Disney nut) I have decided to can the tent idea. Instead we are going to use different areas of the parks to rest. In MK, we can go to Baby Center, Tom Sawyer Island, or use the People Mover. In EPCOT, we can do Energy ride plus Baby center. {Too bad spaceship earth will be down } At Animal Kingdom, the baby center. And I don't know about MGM, but, this is my least favorite park, and we always get through it pretty quickly, so I can see going back to the hotel on this day.....

OKW Lover
06-14-2007, 04:31 PM
You won't find a quiet place to pitch the tent.

The ability to take afternoon breaks (for either a nap or the pool) are one of the great advantages of staying at a WDW hotel.

safetymom
06-14-2007, 05:32 PM
I would also watch out for fire ants if you are going to use the tent outside. I like your idea of riding some of the quiet rides.

lady9
06-17-2007, 07:56 PM
We also like Hall of Presidents and American Adventure for napping toddlers. It is something we enjoy and our DD was able to fall asleep. At MGM. the Commissary usually quiets down about 2 which would be a good napping spot although we haven't tried this one.

Mr. Pig
06-17-2007, 08:06 PM
When my niece and nephew were young my mother rode the DW Railroad at MK around and around while my DS and BIL went on Splash Mt. They both fell asleep on the ride.

GBShorts
06-17-2007, 08:43 PM
I know you don't want to miss one possible moment with the park, but a method I've tried works quite well. Hit the park first thing in the morning when it opens. Have lunch in the park around 1 or depending on where you're staying (we were at All Star Music), go back to the food court and eat there. Then stay in your hotel room for an hour or two to rest up. One day we even stayed back at the hotel for 3 1/2 hours! Another thought is you could hit the pool at your hotel and avoid the biggest crowds at the parks. Eating at our hotel's food court saved us a ton of money. By doing this you get rested up to enjoy the evening and avoid the hottest times of day. Then you can go back just before what most people consider dinner time and get in a few rides before finding dinner yourself around 7pm or so..and then enjoy the fireworks! :D

Allowing a longer nap in a quiet and cooled place means your child could last a bit longer into the evening and see things like the fireworks :)

This is just a thought, I'm not trying to say you should leave the park, it's just something we've tried that I know worked well for us. I admire anybody who is able to take younger children to Disney. I don't think I would have the patience with the diaper changes, naps, feedings and such. I hope you have a blast!

TBGOES2DISNEY
06-18-2007, 10:18 PM
For those of you who take afternoon breaks, do have some mornings where you go to park openings? Some days where you make sure you see the parades? Some days where you make sure you see the night show? How do you schedule your days to see these things? I love the idea of an afternoon break b/c I think we should have done that our last trip (it was very hot), but I'm not sure how to work it all out.

drogerstn
06-19-2007, 10:17 AM
For those of you who take afternoon breaks, do have some mornings where you go to park openings? Some days where you make sure you see the parades? Some days where you make sure you see the night show? How do you schedule your days to see these things? I love the idea of an afternoon break b/c I think we should have done that our last trip (it was very hot), but I'm not sure how to work it all out.


We vary our schedule. We won't do an EMH morning if we stay out late at a park the night before. We have taken breaks and made sure to return in time for a parade but it is usually easier to plan that day for staying in the park longer.

If we don't take an afternoon break, we'll plan that day for a sit-down meal in the park to get a decent break in an air-conditioned restaurant. We keep a cooler in our resort room and occasionally make sandwiches for lunch in our room (saves money and is more relaxing than ordering at counter service or going to food court).

If its hot and crowded and parks open early and close late, then we are more likely to take the afternoon breaks. The hours during the middle of the day at the parks are not very "productive" when the parks are extremely crowded.

Before the Magic-Your-Way Tickets, it cost more for each "extra day" in the park, so we tried to make the best use of our 4-day or 5-day hoppers and not plan on 6-8 days in the parks. We would have a day or two in which we did not visit a park and these would be good rest days. Now, it only cost a few dollars to add additional days beyond the 4-day ticket (which is high to start with), so we aren't so pressed to spend all of our time in the parks on the days we visit.

merrywether
07-02-2007, 06:23 PM
For those of you who take afternoon breaks, do have some mornings where you go to park openings? Some days where you make sure you see the parades? Some days where you make sure you see the night show? How do you schedule your days to see these things? I love the idea of an afternoon break b/c I think we should have done that our last trip (it was very hot), but I'm not sure how to work it all out.
We occasionally make it for park opening, but that's a rarity. After being to Disney several times by ourselves, we've found that now that we have a child, we're ok with not seeing every single ride on every single trip. We still make sure we see our favorites, but we acknowledge that our son has a different agenda than we do, and that commando touring isn't part of that agenda. At age 3, my son doesn't know the breadth of what there is to do in Disney, so his expectations are lower than ours! In fact, we took him for the first time last summer, and we didn't see one parade. I guarantee he didn't miss it. He saw fireworks, he shot Zurg in Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and he swam in the pool. It is a much different trip with kids, and I think the key to our happiness with taking our son was in NOT knocking ourselves out trying to do everything. We knew we'd be taking him back (and we are this August!). So we were perfectly fine with leaving the park each day to go back and nap (and we rented a house in Kissimmee, so it was probably a half hour from door to door - trams and walking included). It gave our son a chance to nap and us a chance to rest in some quiet AC or take a swim in our pool. Of course this plan isn't for everyone - I can understand the appeal to stay in the park from open to close so you don't miss a thing and get your money's worth. My sister and her family subscribe to this, and they're very happy with it. We just like to take it easy and enjoy the moment. Just my 2 cents! Have a great time!

writersblock42
07-03-2007, 10:00 AM
What we do is go when the park first opens and then go out of the park and eat lunch, head to the hotel and swim or nap depending on who prefers to do what-this takes about 2-3 hours total. Works out well because 12-3 is the busiest time at Disney.

webshark3
07-03-2007, 11:55 AM
If you have a good reclining stroller with Canopy, you child may just sleep in the stroller. That's what my son did. A good canopy gives them an almost "isolated" environment.

Princess_Michelle
07-04-2007, 09:43 PM
If you have a good reclining stroller with Canopy, you child may just sleep in the stroller. That's what my son did. A good canopy gives them an almost "isolated" environment.

This is a good point b/c actually, I am planning to buy that canopy extender from the One Step Ahead catalog, just b/c of the sun. I think it will definitely help him be able to fall asleep in the stoller. Ultimately, we have decided to do it on a day to day basis. If he falls asleep in the stroller, great. Falls asleep on People Mover, great. Has a complete meltdown....we'll just go back to the room :) We have noticed that lately he has been doing very well while on all day outings. We were in DC today for the 4th of July and he did very well, ended up falling asleep on the walk back to the car. :thumbsup2

WildGrits
07-05-2007, 01:41 AM
What Resort are you staying at?

If you don't want to go way back to lets say one of the mods or values, what about taking the monorail to the Poly. You could set up tent on the beach and sit and listen to the music they pump in.

That way you could also sit, have a drink, and get out of the crowds.

merrywether
07-05-2007, 09:28 AM
That way you could also sit, have a drink, and get out of the crowds.

Fabulous idea!

kimis
07-05-2007, 11:39 AM
Yeah, after thinking about it some more and talking with my aunt (fellow Disney nut) I have decided to can the tent idea. Instead we are going to use different areas of the parks to rest. In MK, we can go to Baby Center, Tom Sawyer Island, or use the People Mover. In EPCOT, we can do Energy ride plus Baby center. {Too bad spaceship earth will be down } At Animal Kingdom, the baby center. And I don't know about MGM, but, this is my least favorite park, and we always get through it pretty quickly, so I can see going back to the hotel on this day.....
I believe it used to be if you booked through AAA they had a building you could go and relax in. It was nice with couches, airl conditioner and quiet. Check it out.

WildGrits
07-06-2007, 12:31 AM
Actually I think each park has a Baby Care Center by Carnation. I remember they had rooms for feeding and rocking, rooms for changing younguns and if I remember right there was a dark room for resting.

It seems like only yesterday:sad1:

Here is the locations(as per Debs great web site):

MK Baby Changing/Nursing - The Baby Care Center is located next to the Crystal Palace Restaurant just off Main Street.

AK Baby Services/Lost Children/First Aid - Located behind Creature Comforts in Discovery Island.

The baby station is great! Private nursing rooms, with glider rockers and footstools and a big table for diaper changes. I didn't thoroughly check out the rest of the baby station, but it was large and colorful. (Donna S.)

EPCOT Baby Changing/Nursing - Located in the Odyssey Center in Future World.

MGM Baby Services/Lost Children/First Aid - Located just inside the park on the left, with Guest Relations.

dizzi
07-06-2007, 07:06 PM
I would also watch out for fire ants if you are going to use the tent outside. I like your idea of riding some of the quiet rides.

Carousel of Progress great place to sleep!!!!

Universe of Energy

Presidents show

apirateslife4us!
07-06-2007, 10:53 PM
We loved our afternoon breaks with our 2 and 5 year old. When we got back in the late afternoon we felt refreshed and ready for a fun evening. It was our first trip, so maybe we had lower expectations, but I thought we saw tons of stuff. I didn't mind missing whatever parade or rides I was missing from one to five pm, all I wanted was for my kids to have a good time.

The monorail to the Poly idea sounds like a nice way to work it out for commando families who don't want to leave. Napping in a ride wouldn't have worked out for my 2 year old because taking him out of the stroller, riding the ride, then putting him back in the stroller he'd wake up and be crankier than before, but maybe some of you have little ones who sleep deeper than mine, or who need shorter naps? Truthfully though, nothing except going back to the hotel would have worked for our family because DH and I wanted to rest and have showers, so if that isn't the case for your family then just go with the flow and do what you like!

I just wanted to add that the amount of time spent taking breaks was totally great for us, we never begrudged the parks the minutes lost to them. My 5 year old liked them because she always wanted to go to the pool. We all took a nap some days, some days we took turns watching DD in the pool while the other shopped for souveniers or did laundry or whatever else needed doing, and the second-to-last day we used his naptime to pack, freeing up our last day. I can see how it would drive a commando family nuts to spend so much time back to the hotel, but I wanted to go back home feeling like I'd been on vacation :goodvibes Whichever way your family has the most fun is the way to go, I'm sure you'll all have a blast!

Goofy's Sis
07-08-2007, 11:36 AM
We have adhered to the "get there early-- leave by 11:00ish--lunch in the room & take the nap--return for the evening" philosphy since our first trip with little boys in 1990. Now, with teens& 20s, I find they are all still willing to "take the nap"! The college crowd is adept at staying up all night and napping suring the day! That's what I love about teh long hot summer days at WDW--there's time to do it however you want. I agree with whoever mentioned not doing both the early entry and late night hours. For us, we can do one or the other, or both in one day [with a nap], but not on back-to-back days. It's all about being felxible, and wathcing both your kids and your selves, to be sure everyone is having fun.

Princess_Michelle
07-08-2007, 10:19 PM
Still working on this! :) I have scrapped the tent idea. I remember from last year that I LOVED the Baby Care Center in the Animal Kingdom. It was great b/c it had the individual rooms with rocking chairs in them. So we will do that after lunch on AK days. I didn't like the BCC in Magic Kingdom...it was small and there was nowhere dark and quiet where the kids could nap, so on those days, if he doesn't sleep on the stoller we'll just head back to the hotel. So, now I have this question. Can anyone tell me about the Baby Care Centers in MGM and EPCOT? We nenver used those and would like to know how they are...Anyone have pictures???? I going to try to remember to take pictures of all of them when I go, to post on here :)

Smartykat
07-09-2007, 04:47 PM
Don't forget that you can ride round and round on the monorail. The resort one is the best for this because its quieter and you get an excellent view of the resorts, the landscape, and free a/c. The monorail's good for kids who always fall asleep in the car. Also, I love to get off at the Contemporary. It has lots of dark quiet corners for adults and kids to rest in and plus I love its gift shop.

MousekaMaddi
07-09-2007, 09:26 PM
if your angel does fall asleep in the rental stroller we purchased a beach towel right then and used it as a sun blocking screen -hanging down over stroller roof...and then sat on it for parades, used it as a towel in fountain soakings, pool towel and as a souvenier too, warm blanket at night in stroller....etc, it got lots of use!:thumbsup2