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Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by lucifie, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. canopynut66

    canopynut66 DIS Veteran

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    your right is huge waste of time running back to resort. we rented a stroller for my cousins 7 yeara old and she had not been in a stroller since she 2 but she did at WDW she would take a nap as well. we would go where it was shady area and we rested as well. can rent them off site so you have 24/7 while there is what we did. and got a double so would be big enough but was more than big enough for her
     
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  3. Schmeck

    Schmeck <font color=blue>Funny thing is now my 17 year old

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    Is this for real?
     
  4. brockash

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    For us, going back to take naps is totally not worth it, unless you can just hop on a monorail back to your resort or walk...and even then we only do it when there's real long park hours or it's really hot or pouring out. We tried doing the going back for nap thing a few years ago when we were staying at Pop, and the hassle of the bus and the time it took back and forth was just not worth it at all. Really, I think it just made us all more tired and cranky. Having to get the kid out of the stroller and everything else out, folding it up etc. was just a pain to do 4 times a day as oppose to just twice (morning and night). My dd just sleeps in her stroller whenever she's tired and the rest of us can do stuff while 1 person, usually me:) sits and relaxes with a snack while she sleeps. I was only corralling two kids around going back and forth, I assume it'd be even worse with 4. I'd just stay at the parks the whole day, especially in Jan. It's not hot, shorter hours, you'll be fine. Just plan to have rest times (like sitting to watch a parade or riding the train around or the ppl. mover a few times or watching shows etc. when the kids get tired.
     
  5. brockash

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    I don't get it??? I don't find anything unrealistic about the pp post. ??? Is what real?
     
  6. Gracie09

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    Last time we went the only melt down DD (then 17 months) had was the one day we tried to leave the park for a nap. We plan and napping in the stroller for both DD's.
     
  7. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    I think it was the comment about getting a stroller for a seven year old just to be able to commando the parks.
     
  8. DisneyMom0115

    DisneyMom0115 Earning My Ears

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    I also worry about wasting time going back to the resort just for a nap. We are going in December and are staying at Pop and I think (from what I've seen and read) that it takes some time to get from MK to Pop - and as much as I'd love to get some rest along w/ my DD (2 yrs old) and DH - we would be missing so much valuable time esp since it would be in December (shorter hours)! So here's a link I found on places that you can rest or take a break w/o having to go all the way back to your resort:

    go to tips from the disney diva dot com and she has a post on places you can rest/take a break - sorry i can't post links b/c im too new on the post count! :(

    Also, can someone explain what "commando" is? (not the 'naked' meaning, of course! Unless that's what the PP meant :rotfl2:
     
  9. ghtx

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    Commando means going straight through all day at the parks, open to close, cramming in as many rides as possible.
     
  10. Ava

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    It definitely depends on how close your resort is to the park you're in, if going back to the hotel for nap/break is a good choice. We were at POP last trip, and it was a long trek on the bus to get back there from almost everywhere. Usually once we left the park in the afternoons, we were just done for the day because we didn't want to make that trek again. The one time we took DD back to the park after her nap was the night we planned to see Wishes; we let her take a later nap and then headed back to MK after dinner.
     
  11. kshbrower

    kshbrower Earning My Ears

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    This thread has been really helpful to help me think things through! It definitely seems like it depends on when you're going (and what the park hours are at that time of year) and where you're staying.

    I am planning a trip in April for a 16 month and almost 3 year old. We opted not to do the park-hopper, as this would force us not to drag the kids from park to park and wear ourselves out. We also decided to pass on most EMH evenings, as the parks are more crowded on these days. We decided we'd rather have less crowds and get the kids in bed at a decent hour than to go back for an afternoon nap and keep them out until midnight. As they get older, I expect this strategy will change as I absolutely LOVE evening magic hours, at MK especially!

    The last time we went to Disney (with my son, at 10 months) we did quite a bit of park-hopping and didn't go back to POP for naps. But he slept so easily in his stroller or in the BabyBjorn (even while I rode Pirates). I know I cannot expect it to be so easy with a 16 month old and a 3 year old.

    If we were staying at one of the resorts on the lake, I wouldn't hesitate to go back for a nap. To me, the monorail and boats are pretty relaxing in and of themselves and would be a good wind-down for nap-time.

    But a bus ride to a value resort?? I am trying to imaging how much time it will actually take to go back for a nap.

    Let's look at a day in MK as an example:
    The standard park hours are 9am-10pm in April.
    No matter which land you are in when you decide it's time for a break, it's likely to be a decent trek back to the front gates (10min), then it's another trek to the value resort bus stops (5min). Then you have to wait. Last time we waited close to 20 minutes quite often for a bus to take us back to POP (let's call it 15min). Then you have to take all your bags out of the strollers, fold them up and load (grr...). Then there's the bus ride (18min). The trek to your room (5min). Wind down (15-30min). Nap (2 hrs). Get up and ready to leave (5min). Then go back (1 hr). That's 5 hours that I'm not having much fun, and only 2 of which I'm really relaxing. Then there's the added risk that at least one of the kids will fall asleep on the trek, and not be sleepy enough to nap once we get there. Or maybe they'll just be so wound up they won't nap when we get there. Or they may throw a fit because we're leaving the park early. It seems like a big gamble to me.

    Of course, it's a big gamble to stay in the park too. They may not nap. They may get cranky. But I think this is the gamble I'm more willing to take. At least I didn't wear myself out lugging everything back to the hotel, just to have it backfire. We can find a quiet place to sit and rest for a while. I think my mood will affect the kids' as well and I know I'd never be able to nap if we did go back and I'd get a lot more rest by just taking a break at the park. Worst case scenario, I bet a loop or two in the stroller on the monorail would put them to sleep and it's still more relaxing than going all the way back on the bus.

    I'm also thinking about practicing naps with the kids in the stroller at home. Maybe putting my kids in the strollers in the house, lowering the sunshades and then adding some distracting sounds in a distant room. Maybe we can come up with a stroller nap routine to help them settle down. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  12. jackie101

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    We went back once to nap/rest and I found it more exhausting. That was our 1st trip, when at the time our twins were 5, and we had a 7 and 9yr old. Our August trip we came back to shower/rest/watch tv, but no swimming before we headed out for dinner. Then we normally ate and came back to swim. We only had a few late nights in the park. I found it was to exhausting for my kids to swim in the afternoon
     
  13. MommytoaSweetie

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    For us, it depends on the park, how many days we'll be in it, and above all else, the moods and behaviors of our family. :). We rent a car for WDW (may drive this time), do its not as much of a hassle to leave or come back, but it still is work. If we can make it, stroller naps are best for us. Our last trip (DDs almost 4 and almost 2), we did stroller nap long days followed by shorter days at parks where we already had a full day or that close early (AK) or we're done earlier (DHS). We have gone back for a nap and then out to dinner later in those circumstances. I definitely think flexibility is key to keep everyone having fun in a place that's supposed to be happy fun. :)
     
  14. lucifie

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    That's what I'm thinking too. just getting back to the hotel sounds like a hassle and 3 of my kids rarely, if ever nap. Of course that could be different at WDW, but I also don't sleep well during the day and I think it's more likely that on the off chance we managed to get all four kids to nap at the same time, b the time I got a nap they would be awake. Since we'll have shorter park hours in January, I'm leaning more toward getting to bed at (or near) their regular time. I'm sure we'll be able to find a way to get them to rest - monorail, boat, train... We're also going to play most of it by ear. We'll pick a few things each day we want to do and then go from there. I'm most excited about getting DD2's first haircut at the Harmon Barbershop. We have reservations for the first day so we'll be able to check that off the list early.
     
  15. Deb & Bill

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    As for riding the monorail with the kids in the stroller - this morning as we boarded the resort monorail at the Contemporary, the CM loading guests told everyone the monorail was rather full and all children had to be removed from the stroller and the stroller folded up.
     
  16. kohlby

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    We've tried naps/break at hotel and it doesn't work for us. My kids are done naps completely by 3 (Two were done by 2)- and they didn't magically nap at Disney at 3 years old - either back at the room or in the stroller. (I've been with two different 3 year olds different times and a different child at 2.5 years old and it doesn't work for any of them). What works for us is getting there at rope drop and we go-go-go. Then we take it easier in the afternoon - in the park. Then get a surge of energy. And get everyone out when one person acts like it's time. This is sometime between 5-7pm usually. (Though we had an 8 and 9pm on the last trip the day before an off-day). I can't get my kids to nap nor rest. But I can get them enough sleep at night - so we focus on that.

    However, time of year makes a difference. We go when it's cooler in the off-season. If we went in August, then we would have to find a way to make a swim break work for us. That's not needed for us in Nov/Dec/Jan.
     
  17. BuzznBelle'smom

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    Age of the kids, time of year, and touring "style" all figure into whether mid-day breaks are worthwhile. We normally go in July--even my teens appreciate an afternoon break from the heat and crowds! And with everything open late, we can go bck in for several more hours afterwards.

    Thie next trip, we're going in Jan. The crowds will be lighter, it will be cooler, and the park hours will be short. I'm just taking my little two (DD9, DS6), but we won't be planning daily breaks. There may be afternoons when they want to just hang out at pool, but we'll decide that on the fly.

    P.S. I never, ever had kids that slept in a stroller. Ever. I'm envious of people who pull this off.
     
  18. mommy2jack

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    Yep all depends on the family! For my family midday naps would be MORE of a hassle! My kids are use to being on the go and thankfully sleep well in the strollers when tired. If I were to tell my (almost) 4 year old son it was time to LEAVE the park and go take a nap the whining and crying that would follow would be quite epic! :rotfl2: Therefore we just put them in the stroller and take a leisurely walk around the park. Last May when we went my son passed out during both the MK afternoon street parade and the HS parade which worked out well because he really doesn't care for parades... but the rides on the other hand he did NOT want to miss! You know your kids best though if they need a quite soft bed for naptime then it may benefit you to leave the parks but if they fall asleep in the stroller than I would just keep going!
     

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