5 Fantastic Afternoon Breaks At Walt Disney World

Most Disney families dream of spending their holidays at the Disney Parks, but longer Park hours and high crowd levels can make touring more hectic fun. It's important to schedule in some relaxation time where you can get away from the fray and take care of yourself before going back out into thrills. For my family that means a mid-afternoon break is a must, read on for five great ideas how to relax and refresh while at Walt Disney World.

Relax, Refresh, and Beat The CrowdsRelax, Refresh, and Beat The Crowds

Head Back to Your Room for a Nap - This option is popular when traveling with small children, but many grown-ups forget that a nap can do them a world of good too! Are you hoping to start your day at rope drop and then close down the Park at night? Heading back for a mid-day break might be the best option for you too. This will also give you a chance to change clothes for the cooler winter evenings.

Take A NapTake A Nap

Take a Splash At Your Resort Pool Or a Dip In The Spa - If you're not quite ready for a nap, how about a relaxing soak in your Resort Hotel Spa? When the Parks are crowded the pools are often a fantastic place to chill out, refresh those muscles and enjoy some vacation tranquility. While you're at it, why not grab a cocktail at the pool bar?

Relax in the Spa at Your Resort HotelRelax in the Spa at Your Resort Hotel

Book An Early Table Service Dinner - Not everyone will want to leave the Parks, but a rest break is still a good idea to keep your body functioning well. Scheduling a late lunch or early dinner at a Disney Table Service Restaurant in your Park of choice will give your group the chance to sit down for a leisurely meal while at the same time fuel up to keep on touring. Advance Dining Reservations recommended.

Book An Early Table Service DinnerBook An Early Table Service Dinner

Ride the Monorail For A Gingerbread Tour - While the Magic Kingdom is super crowded in the mid-afternoon, the resorts are experiencing a lull. Take this opportunity to hop on the monorail and take a holiday Gingerbread Tour. Disney's Contemporary and Grand Floridian Resorts are famous for the elaborate Gingerbread displays and cookie shops that pop up in their lobbies during the Winter Holiday season. The shopping alone is worth the monorail crawl, because these shops will put you into bakery bliss.

Ride The Monorail And Take A Gingerbread TourRide The Monorail And Take A Gingerbread Tour

Take Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian - I've been told many a time that tea fixes everything, and The Garden View Tea Room is Walt Disney World's perfect place for a traditional English tea. Guests can choose between many a la carte options of food and teas, or pick from several full pre-fixe tea services. The charming atmosphere and soothing music makes this break fit for a Princess. Advance Dining Reservations Recommended.

Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea RoomAfternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room

Do you have a favorite afternoon break at Walt Disney World? Leave us your suggestions in the comments!

Paul Cyopick wrote on Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:46:

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Miniature golf, Fort Wilderness Tour, Disney Quest, far too many to mention.

JL wrote on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:37:

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As a "mature" guest at WDW, I can vouch for the mid-day break!! We love to go back to our Disney Resort for a little R&R - usually a nap or a quick dip in the pool. The GF Tea is a wonderful way to take a break from the crowds with a relaxing, light, mid-afternoon meal. And the Gingerbread Houses...wow...love to look at all those - the Holiday displays at Boardwalk, Yacht Club and Beach Club are also spectacular. Can't wait for our visit this year!!

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