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Here’s Why You Should Sleep In During Your Next Disney Vacation

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, you might not have to sleep in on your list of things to do. We encourage you to take some time to sleep in during your vacation. This will allow everyone to refresh, rest, and be ready for more magic.

We will share the top reasons you want to sleep in during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Mickey Mouse with Kids
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It Is a Vacation

First, you will want to sleep in during your Walt Disney World trip because it is a vacation. You have spent a lot of time-saving and planning for your trip. Now it is time to enjoy it. If you are constantly tired throughout the vacation, you won’t be enjoying all the magic.

We recommend getting to the Parks early during your trip, but that doesn’t mean you must do that daily. Instead, give yourself the ability to sleep in and enjoy a slower and probably less stressful start to your day.

Crowds at Disney

Avoid the Morning Rush

Mornings heading to Disney Parks are full of people and crowds. Everyone is trying to rush to get to the Parks first, meaning that groups form. You will see many people at the bus stops, at the food courts, and when you arrive at the Parks, waiting to get through security and into the Park for the day.

By sleeping in, you can avoid this big morning rush. Instead of waiting in line at the bus stop, you can enjoy some more sleep and typically walk onto a bus and similarly right into the Park. You can wait for the Park to officially be open before heading to the Parks. Sleeping in is an excellent alternative to the morning rush if you aren’t a crowd person.

Are there advantages to being at the Park bright and early in the morning- absolutely. If that will cause stress and frustration to start your day, then take a day or two to sleep in instead.

Family on Sunset Blvd at Disney's After Hours
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You Stayed Out Late

Another reason you will want to sleep in during your Walt Disney World vacation is if you are staying up late the night before. If you decide that you are going to enjoy the Parks in the evenings, you should avoid setting the alarm the following day.

The nighttime spectaculars, such as the soon-to-return Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, are beautiful shows that shouldn’t be missed. The downside is that if you stay to watch, it will result in a late evening.

Crowd levels start to lower as the evening continues, making it a great time to be in the Parks. You will be up extremely late if you can enjoy extended evening hours at Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts or purchase a ticket to the After Hours party. These events are fantastic, but you will be up late evening. Sleeping in the next morning will allow everyone to be ready for a good day.

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Your Kids Will Appreciate It

If you are traveling with teens or tweens who don’t like to get up and move early in the mornings, you will want to plan for sleeping in during your Walt Disney World vacation. Older kids in the tweens and teens ages appreciate being able to sleep in. Because of this, it might be challenging to get them up and out of the door in the morning.

Know this before you arrive at Walt Disney World, and plan your days accordingly. If you know you won’t be able to get your kids out of the door each morning bright and early, plan some sleep-in days. This will keep everyone happy and cause less fighting, stress, and rushing during your trip.

There is something nice about enjoying a lazy morning together as a family instead of starting it off in a rush.

Topolinos Terrace
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Enjoy a Slow Breakfast

Some of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World offer some fantastic breakfasts. If you rush off to the Parks each morning, you won’t have the opportunity to enjoy them. By sleeping in and having a later start to the day, you can take advantage of some of these fantastic breakfast locations.

One of the top dining locations in Walt Disney World is the breakfast offered at Topolino’s Terrace, found at Disney’s Riviera. Here Guests enjoy a fantastic assortment of breakfast dishes while enjoying visits from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy. This is all while enjoying some fantastic views of Walt Disney World Resorts.

You can enjoy a late breakfast before heading into the Parks for the day by sleeping in. This is an excellent way to see different Disney Resorts during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney Vacation Club Resorts
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Enjoy Your Resort

Finally, sleeping can allow you to enjoy your Walt Disney World Resort. Instead of rushing to and from your Resort, sleep in and enjoy. Have breakfast, walk around, and even hit up the pool when it opens. The Walt Disney World Resorts have so much to offer, and the mornings when many people are at the Parks are a great time to enjoy them.

You can also use this time to enjoy other Walt Disney World Resorts. Even if you don’t have a meal at them, walk around and visit other Resorts instead of rushing to a Park. This can be a fun way to find your next Resort stay.

We don’t recommend sleeping in every day of your Walt Disney World vacation; however, sometimes sleeping in is worth it. Allow your body to rest and recover to enjoy the Parks more.





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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