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Old 11-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #16
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I am trying to look back to when the kids were younger, and I don't recall us enforcing any specific bedtime. We sleep when we get back to the room for the evening. It depends on which park we were in and if we stayed for fireworks, etc.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #17
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My kids are early risers so to make RD we don't usually have to get up much earlier than normal. We do stay up a little later than their usual bedtime, but not by a lot. At home lights out is 8:15ish for #2 and by 9PM for #1, and in Disney we're back in the room by 9 with lights out between 9:30 and 10 depending on how long it takes me to get them ready for bed (basically, it depends on whether or not we fit in a bath before dinner or have to do that right before bedtime).
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #18
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We don't have a set bedtime at home, much less on vacation.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #19
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My boys go to bed at 7 so I don't think we'll be keeping to that too closely. That said, I'd like them in bed by 8:30 most nights. There are 2 nights out of 7 that will be late nights (Candlelight Processional night and MVMCP). We are coming from the west coast so we have a 3 hour time change, so we'll be dealing with that more than anything.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #20
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Our kids go to bed at 8 normally at home, maybe 8:30-9 on a weekend or holiday that we have guests. In the past all bets are off when we're on vacation but we have a toddler now versus a school aged kid so we shall see how he holds up. We are purposely doing only MVMCP one day do we can ensure a nap before the late night. Other than that we have to play it by ear & see how he reacts to either no nap or later bedtimes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:16 PM   #21
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We don't enforce bedtimes while on vacation. If it seems like we need to make it an early night, we do.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #22
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Last year we went to the beach & my kids were up at normal time, in the pool right after breakfast (it was literally outside our door) & then we went to the beach part of the day & back to the pool.

We went out at night & they were probably in bed between 9 & 10. They normally go to bed around 8 but don't fall asleep at that time unless super tired.

Disney vacations are a complete wash. The last time we went was 4 long years ago. The kids were 2, almost 5 & 7. I was up at 6 which is pretty much normal, showered & then dh would get up & slowly the kids would be up by 7 & eating breakfast & we'd be out the door no later then 7:30.

Come back for a nap/break & they all napped, even dh & then out until 10 or 11 & repeat.

I can say my kids were great. My oldest even napped. My middle not so much but he rested & my youngest was out. No screaming kids from me at 10pm at night.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #23
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I think it would be difficult too....
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:30 PM   #24
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We do not adhere to bedtimes while on vacation because we are always out later than normal. In Disney we are usually in the parks until close with our little ones.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:29 PM   #25
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This is a timely thread as I was just worried about this. My kids start bedtime routine at 7:00. My son is 2 and has been kept up past 7:30 maybe 5-6 times and only past 8:00 once over a year ago for a wedding and yes, this includes two Disneyland trips. I should add, kept up past bedtime on purpose, we had a handful of bedtime strikes a few months back. My daughter is 9 months and has never stayed up past 8:00 and only past 7:30 1-2 times since about 3 months old.

My dilemma is, 7:00 in AZ is 6:00 in CA this time of year. Our other trips have been in the summer when our time is the same. I can't put them to bed at 6:00!! They wake up at 5:00 as it is (and this week has been 4:30, but a later bedtime never did a thing for my son's waking time). So, I think I am going to have to keep them up a little and pray for the best. My son won't nap in a stroller and had a hard time napping at the hotel last time. I am hopeful my daughter will take a short stroller nap once a day and we will return to the hotel for a nap for both of them. I am considering seeing how they are the last day and staying for fireworks if we can. But, I also figure DL will be there and we can see the shows when they are a bit older.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:22 AM   #26
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we go to bed when we're tired.

not keen on grumpy kids or adults anywhere, but especially not on vacation.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:01 AM   #27
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It really depends on the vacation. When we are visiting family then we stick to bed time as much as possible, it's 8:30 and sometimes we will push until 9. But its more laid back, day trips places, when we do that so I want things to be more normal.

Disney is a whole other story! The first trip DS was 3 and for the most part we had a normal bed time, but it was also in the 30's most days and I was not about to be out too late in the cold. Plus, the parks closed early. This past trip at 5, we didn't get back to the room before 12 most nights. We are not rope drop people, so we would rather sleep in and head out around lunchtime. DS was fine until the last few days, the last day we were in bed at bedtime. Basically, we don't enforce it but if he is tired we come back and let him sleep.

My DS also has no problem going back to his normal schedule, I am sure it would be different if he was the type to be thrown off. Actually, when we came back we ended up having to be away for 2 more weeks cause of the hurricane and THAT threw him off more than Disney.

DH normally goes to bed between 2-3am every day, so for him he normally went to bed earlier out of sheer exhaustion.

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #28
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We do not adhere to the normal bedtimes. It is vacation and as much theirs and ours. We do take breaks in the afternoon and if we are out late, we allow them to sleep in the following morning to make sure they are rested.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:16 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by AZMermaid View Post
My dilemma is, 7:00 in AZ is 6:00 in CA this time of year. Our other trips have been in the summer when our time is the same. I can't put them to bed at 6:00!!
I never adjust for time changes. I put them to bed (and wake them) at the same time in whatever time zone we are in. So 7pm bedtime CST translates into a 7pm bedtime EST or PST as well. (I am the same as you, my kids almost never are up past bedtime and it has to be a really good reason for me to do it).
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