This does have a point...I promise...I know it's long... We went to the Detroit Zoo yesterday. I guess we should have planned better (spur of the moment trip). We left at 8:30 thinking we'd get there around opening time (11am). Mapquest estimated 2 hrs 11 min trip. However, we encountered over 100 miles of construction which slowed us down a lot. We stopped at BK for breakfast. DS3 made a mess of his shirt. I had dressed the boys in matching shirts. Now I was mad at myself for not waiting until we got to the zoo to put their shirts on. I insisted DH stop at the outlet mall so I could run it to buy new shirts (yes, I'm type A and yes he had a spare shirt in the bag...it just wouldn't match DS1). So I ran into Oskosh and got a great deal on matching shirts ($3each on clearance). So we made it to the zoo an hour later than we planned. Noon. Guess what happens at noon everyday at our house? Lunch followed by a nap. I though maybe DS3 would be okay for an hour or so, but he was tired and cranky right from the get-go. I think he cried the whole first hour. He didn't want to ride in the stroller. He fell and scrapped his knee. We quickly found a place to eat. After feeding him he was slightly better, but still continuted to cry and scream through the zoo. We had promised him elephants and there were NONE! I'm still wondering how you have a zoo without elephants but oh well. We rode the train around the zoo and then let him buy a prize (because after fighting about the stroller we promised him if he sat in the stroller like a big boy until we left he could buy a toy so he did ride for the second 1/2 of our day). We left at 4pm and he fell asleep before we could leave the parking lot. He was practically asleep in the stroller by the time we walked from the gift shop to the car! so my point is...is this how everyday at Disney is going to be. DH and I were frustrated and left there feeling like we had just been through a battle we never want to relive. I had already thought about spending our mornings at the hotel pool etc, having lunch and taking naps before we hit the parks. That means we wouldn't be in the park until about 3pm each day. Neither one of my boys is really famous for waking up happy. Their afternoons are much better (if they've had naps). I'm just afraid we'll spend all our time on the bus if we leave for the parks after breakfast, eat lunch, return for naps then return again in the afternoon. How do others handle the parks with small kids?