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Prevent Adult Meltdowns in Disney With These Tips

We all know that little ones have meltdowns in Walt Disney World, but if we are being honest we have had them as well.  There is a lot going on in Walt Disney World and all sorts of things can cause a meltdown even for adults.  The excitement, the crowds, the heat, the stress – it can be a lot even for the calmest of adults.

We have some ways to avoid those adult meltdowns in Walt Disney World.  These are tips to set yourself up for success by taking care of yourself in the Theme Park.

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First and foremost, take a moment to breathe.  When you feel that stress coming on, allow yourself a moment to just breathe.

Being overwhelmed is going to happen and it is okay.  Allow yourself the moment, take a breath and then evaluate what needs to be done next.  If you don’t take a moment to allow yourself to breathe it might be a bigger meltdown than you anticipated.

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Stick to Your Norm

We suggest this with little ones, but we think it is important for adults as well.  When visiting Walt Disney World, try to stick as much to your normal routine as possible.

Think about what your typical sleep cycle is at home and try to be close to that in Disney.  If you are an 8 hours a night person normally, don’t try to all of a sudden think you are going to survive for 5 hours.

Do you eat breakfast each morning at home?  Then make sure you have a plan for breakfast during your Disney vacation.

Thinking about your typically sleeping and eating schedule and trying to stay close to it during vacation will help your mind and body stay happy as they know what to expect.

Be Realistic

Meltdowns often happen when things don’t go as planned.  Go into the trip with a good plan, but know that the plan might fall apart and that’s okay.

Rides will break down, the rain will happen, and you might oversleep and miss the first bus.  All of this is okay.  Go into the trip knowing that it isn’t going to be perfect but it will still be magical.

Just because your plan doesn’t work out perfectly doesn’t mean that the day is lost.  You just might find your new favorite thing or experiences something even more magical than you weren’t expecting.

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Drink Water

One major reason for meltdowns in Walt Disney World is because Guests get dehydrated.  None of us are used the all of the walking or the heat and humidity on a daily basis.  Because of this, our bodies quickly get dehydrated.

Make an effort to keep up on your water.  You can bring your own water to the Disney Parks which is a great way to stay hydrated.  We also suggest looking into hydration packets.  These are great for restoring the electrolytes that you lose throughout the day.

Making sure you are drinking lots of water can help prevent a meltdown.

Less Sugar

Mickey Bars, Mickey cupcakes, funnel cakes, ice cream the list can go on and on with all the sugary goodness in Walt Disney World.  Lots of sugar however can cause a major meltdown.

If you aren’t used to all that sugar intake, your body isn’t going to be happy with you.  Try to regulate how much sugar and snacks you are eating throughout the day.  Having too much of a good thing can cause stomach issues and fatigue.

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Don’t Get Hangry

For us, a major meltdown comes when I get hangry.  There is nothing worse than being in a Disney Park and needing food ASAP but not knowing how or where to get it.

We highly recommend being proactive when it comes to meal times.  This goes back up to our point about sticking with your routine.  If you know when you typically eat, then get those mobile orders placed early on in the day.

Having your mobile order placed ahead of time will not only force you to slow down and have something to eat, but it will also make sure you have a time slot for getting food.

If you wait until you are hungry, you might find yourself having to wait thirty to sixty minutes for food.  That is a big trigger for a meltdown.

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Take Breaks

Even big kids need breaks from the magic sometimes.  Schedule breaks into your days in the Parks so you can have a refresh and reset.

We love heading back to our Walt Disney World Resort for an afternoon swim, nap, and shower.  It is amazing how great a nap in a nice, cool hotel room can feel.

If you don’t want to leave the Parks, look at catching a ride on a slow-moving attraction.  Check out the Carousel of Progress, Na’vi River Journey, or the Tomorrowland Transit PeopleMover.  We have a whole post HERE about napping in the Disney Parks.

We also love checking out nearby Resorts.  Hanging out at a bar or lounge or even the lobby of another Walt Disney World Resort is a great break idea.

No matter how you want to take your break, we highly recommend taking one.  Allowing your mind and body to rest is extremely important to avoid a meltdown later.

Meltdowns unfortunately are part of a Walt Disney World vacation for both big and little kids.  Walt Disney World is absolutely magical, but if you push yourself too much a meltdown is bound to happen.  Use these tips to help set yourself up for a meltdown-free trip.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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