When I was new to Disney World, I was so overwhelmed by the immense number of things to do! The restaurants! The rides! The characters! I would cram pack our trip's itinerary. We got every last minute of fun during those vacations, but we frequently returned home thinking we need a second vacation just to relax! And I hear this from a lot of Disney-goers. They are exhausted at the end of their trip because they try to do as much as they can. For a short trip or if you only go once in a blue moon, that makes sense. But for those of us who wish to actually relax on vacation, I've compiled a few tips to have a relaxing day at Walt Disney World or at least help squeeze in a few relaxing moments.
1. Book a Service at a Disney Spa
2. Plan Non-Park Days
This may be hard for some of you to do, but take a day away from the Parks. Thats where the crowds and the lines can really add some stress and exhaustion to your trip. Instead, make a late breakfast reservation at one of the more picturesque resorts. I recommend any of the Boardwalk area resorts, then after you've had a leisurely meal you can stroll along the Boardwalk and people watch. Another great option for this is the Polynesian with 'Ohana and the beach right there. You can then head to Disney Springs and stroll through the shops at your own pace.
3. Return to Your Villa/Resort of the Afternoon
This is a tip we have followed for a long time! If you just can't stay away from the Parks for an entire day, retreat for the afternoon at least. Just when the parks are really getting crowded and sun is at its hottest, we take a siesta/pool break. Its a great time to let the kids play in the water and you can relax nearby with a drink/book or take a dip yourself. This is a great way to recharge for the evening if you are headed back to the parks or perhaps to Disney Springs.
4. Find the Quiet Spots Inside the Parks
5. Make a Date (Night!)
I am a huge advocate for enjoying some adult only time at Disney World. Either an entire trip without kids or just a Magical Date Night, you can't go wrong by having some time to yourselves. If you are staying off property (Hopefully at Adventureland Villa!) you can reserve a babysitter through Kids Night Out. We have used them numerous times and always been happy. If you are staying on property, a few of the Disney resorts have kids' "playhouses" where they can watch your kids for a fee. We are trying this out in October, and will let you know how it goes!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!