Six Benefits To Sleeping In On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

It's vacation time; you've said good-bye to the daily grind, and hello to some rest and relaxation! Relax at Disney? Is that even possible? Most families I know come home telling me that they need a vacation from their vacation. Walt Disney World is packed with more great adventures than should ever be crammed into one trip. None the less, people try. I like to say that I'm an advocate for a kinder, gentler, Disney vacation. One where magical dreams are aided in part by snuggling into plush beds for a good night's sleep. Here are six benefits to sleeping in on your Walt Disney World vacation.


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A breakfast table can be much easier to find when you sleep in. Whether it's not fighting for that open spot in the food court, or booking a reservation for a tough to get breakfast table. When the morning crowds have left for the Parks, a quiet, leisurely breakfast becomes a thing of joy.

Speaking of breakfast - why not indulge with breakfast in bed? There's a deep pleasure to lingering a little longer in the crisp white sheets and piles of pillows of a Deluxe Disney hotel bed. My husband and I often order breakfast from private dining; allowing us to spend more one on one time talking about plans for the day, instead of bustling to and from the restaurant.


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Heading to the Park a little bit later in the day means you'll find shorter lines at the resort bus stations, bag checks, and Park entry gates. So hit the snooze button and fall back in love with Disney transportation.

Did you know that getting enough sleep improves your productivity? Being in a perpetual rush actually undermines the body's ability to perform at peak levels. If you plan on tackling every mountain, Park hopping to all four in one day, or closing down the clubs at Disney Springs, you need to get enough rest. Without enough sleep vacation goals can become stressful, people get cranky, and the magic disappears.


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Sleep improves your memory, and what's a Disney vacation about if not making memories? While your body is resting your brain is busy organizing and storing memories. Getting quality sleep will help you remember all the magic of your Disney vacation for years to come.

Plus - after the sun goes down the Disney Parks take on a whole new feeling of enchantment. Twilight brings a special magic, the dark sky allows us to suspend reality and become even more immersed in far away lands. If you want to stay later to experience and explore the wonders of nighttime lights and sounds, start your day a little later so that you have enough gas in your tank to truly enjoy the nights.


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A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress. Guess what - so does a good night's sleep! I know that it can be hard to think about missing out on Park hours, but you are on vacation, kick your daily grind to the curb and indulge in a little more sleep to find a little more magic.

Are you and early bird on vacation? Leave a comment below and let me know how you spend your Disney mornings!

Psst... One more thing. If you're all about soft, plush beds for your vacation snoozing, be sure to try a room at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

wdwizbest wrote on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 19:18:

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Back in the day (80s & 90s) we'd get up at the crack of dawn and be at the parks at rope drop. Now our approach is much slower and relaxed. We sleep until we wake up, 6:30 or 7:00, which is later than I usually rise. It is less crowded for breakfast and the ride over, this is far more enjoyable. We still get to the parks between 9:30-10:00, so we have all day. Vacations are supposed to be more relaxing and not like a triathlon.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 22:12:

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I can remember when I was a teenager and we would do rope drop until goodnight kiss. I had boundless energy back then, these days I'm all about the pampering and luxury when I travel.

Grumpy49 wrote on Sat, 02/23/2019 - 20:37:

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My wife of nearly 50 years loves to sleep in while I love the early mornings. I get up early, make a pot of coffee, sit on the veranda, and read my Nook until she wakes up. Then we do like you mentioned go to a late breakfast in a quiet cafe.

JeffC wrote on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 00:40:

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wdwizbest, I could take your comment word for word and make it mine.

Now we rarely get to the parks before 9:30-10 and its kinda blissful!!

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 00:03:

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I'm all about the 9:30 - 10 am breakfast reservation. It makes mornings so much nicer.

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