Early to bed in Disney?

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by littlebittyhouse, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. WantToGoNow

    WantToGoNow DIS Veteran

    Sep 27, 2005
    When my kids were younger we never took breaks or went back for early bed - vacation was the exception to the rules. We went in the fall when hours are already short. We would do rope drop, they would nap in the stroller and stay for evening activities. I only remember 3 meltdowns- one was ds when he dropped his character crayons and the heads broke off several - quickly fixed by a cm, 2nd was dis again over a toy flip phone he wanted - ended up leaving LeCellier with my dinner still on the table, and the other was me - I don't remember the why.
  2. littlebittyhouse

    littlebittyhouse Earning My Ears

    Jun 17, 2013
    it happens lol
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  4. Figmentmommy

    Figmentmommy DIS Veteran

    Oct 16, 2013
    We were the same way with our kids when they were young -4 & 2 at the time. We never took midday breaks or went back to the resort for regular bedtime. It was our vacation as much as the kids' vacation and they just went along with what we had planned. Late nights at the parks, evening shows, MVMCP until the very end. The 4 year old would go the whole day no matter how late and then fall asleep in the stroller on the walk out to our car. The 2 year old would nap as needed in the stroller with no effort on our part. In fact a few nights they were both asleep in the double umbrella stroller while DH & I enjoyed late night beignets at our resort food court. I will say that our kids are definitely go with the flow types and always have been. I'm thankful for that! But of course each family has to do what's best for them.
  5. mernin

    mernin Mouseketeer

    Apr 11, 2011
    We did this when our girls were younger. I think my youngest has only seen fireworks once at WDW!
  6. Gracie09

    Gracie09 DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2012
    We have done this for past trips. My girls get up early especially at wdw. It's never a problem to hit rope drop. We go all day with maybe a stroller nap when they were younger. Then an early dinner (4:30-5:00) and back to the hotel for a swim shower and bed.
    Dh and like getting one bedroom villas because we can then hang on the balcony, watch some tv etc
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  7. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    We have a 13, 10 and 2.5 yr old. Our 2.5 yr old typically goes to bed between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. However, we have been "testing" him lately to see how he does staying up later, so we can enjoy the night events as a family instead of splitting up like we did the past two trips. He does great!! He does still nap though, so the mid day break is definitely going to happen, especially since that's the hottest part of the day. If he gets cranky at night, we will just bring him back to the resort. No biggie, but we are going to try to get him to stay out late this time around.
  8. deedubb

    deedubb Always Grumpy, except when at Disney!

    Feb 12, 2017
    In all the years we have gone to Disney, we have never gone back to the hotel mid-day. Just seemed like such a waste of time. My kids have never been early sleepers, so 10-11 pm is not unusual for them, even when they were very young. This worked well obviously for us for our Disney trips, as we have always been able to stay all day AND stay for the fireworks. When they were younger, they would take a mid-day nap in the stroller to re-energize for the evening. Personally, I couldn't imagine going to Disney and skipping all the night-time events. That was the best part of the day (especially when they still had the evening parade).
  9. nat8199

    nat8199 DIS Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    We have done exactly your plan the last two trips and will do it again. We rope drop, go all day, have an ADR for a 5:15 dinner, and then straight to bed.

    A good nights sleep is key to our kids (and us parents) being able to enjoy our vacation.

    The last trip I fell asleep at 8pm wit the kids most nights!
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  10. Thing 1

    Thing 1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 4, 2015
    We did the no break, early night our first trip with the first kid. He needed that 7:30 bedtime and would fall asleep where ever we were. Second kid, 15 years later was so adjustable and we could keep him out all night so we did our routine of a mid day break and back to the parks at night. It's our favorite way to do WDW but simply didn't work that first trip with. Do you think they will be ok till midnight for the party? Again, first kid...no way, second...no problem for us.
  11. kboo

    kboo DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2014
    Our ODD would NOT nap in the stroller and so EVERY trip we would go back to the hotel for a midday break. Since our first trip with her was offsite at a condo near Sea World (!!), everything since then has seemed easy! Our schedule usually has been "as close to RD as possible or PPO ADR" to noon-ish, then back to hotel for lunch + nap, then back to parks for dinner (5pm ADR) and maybe a ride or fireworks. Even as ODD has stopped napping at home, she LOVES fireworks, so lately she's not had a problem napping at WDW in the afternoon with the incentive of getting to stay up late to watch fireworks. (Sometimes the fireworks were from our room)

    Last 2 trips, YDD was a baby and napped in the carrier or stroller. Next week we will try the midday break as well, and see how that goes now that YDD is almost 2. It could be a total fail. But she seems able to sleep almost anywhere when she's tired, so I'm not as worried as long as we have a stroller.

    The midday break works well for us, but that's largely because we stay in resorts that are v. close to the parks, and because our kids would be horrifically cranky without a break. Also, I hate the heat, so it's a nice calming break. And this way we can stay out later than no break, and still have our kids somewhat well-behaved. Also, our kids are super early risers no matter when they went to bed, so while they are still young, we'll front load our park time to the mornings and have calmer evenings. When they're older we may use the midday break as a pool break or still a nap (I remember napping with my parents even when I was older), and then stay out much later at night.
  12. BLAZEY

    BLAZEY DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2006
    By age 2 my DD didn't nap most days but slept 12 hour an night and had since about 6 months old. she gave up her regular naps just before her 2nd birthday but would nap in a stroller or carseat just fine. We did DL when she was 3 & 4 and WDW when she was 6 & 8. Leaving the park to have a nap mid day would have caused a meltdown, however have a ride/ sleep in the stroller was never an issue. (we had one up to when she was 6 at WDW as we knew it was a lot more walking than DL but it sat empty much of the time).
  13. shairpdrh

    shairpdrh Mouseketeer

    Aug 7, 2014
    I agree that it is completely doable. We did it with our 13 month old and she took stroller naps in the park when needed. We did push it on our last night (stayed until 9 or a bit after) and she was a trooper. She melted down a bit at the bus stop on the way back, but after 1-2 minutes of being cranky she fell asleep and slept the whole way back and through being transferred to the crib. I think afternoon breaks would have made us all miserable but I know they are 100% necessary for others.
  14. Jerzetta

    Jerzetta Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2013
    We do midday breaks. I find that we all need it. At the very least just to take off sneakers and just unwind. Most times all of us nap and then we feel refreshed for evening touring.
  15. brockash

    brockash DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2008
    It really just depends on what you personally prefer. We've always done open-close, except for AK day, as we can't imagine not ending our days with the fireworks/shows. We tried mid-day naps a few times and decided they just weren't worth it to us and they were more trouble than anything else, so we stopped that years ago. We take a good stroller for kids through age 5 and let them rest, sleep, slow down when they need to. We've been taking our kids as young as 7 weeks, through now age 15 for over a decade now. It really is whatever you'd prefer.
  16. newestkg06

    newestkg06 Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2014
    To be honest, the midday break people are often people who go in the summer, when the heat and crowds pretty much force you to. In Nov, with likely fewer park hours and less heat, skipping the midday break and just going until you're done (likely 3-4pm) makes sense, if you are okay with not doing nighttime entertainment. When mine were 4 & 7, we only did a midday break on our MK day for fireworks. As it was midway through our trip and we had gotten into a groove, it worked out okay. However, we didn't nap, we just went back to the pool (which was a good incentive for them, a chance to cool off, and get away from crowds and lines for awhile). All the rest, we went until we were tired, etc. One day that was 6pm, one day in AK it was 2pm. I just front loaded the days with fastpasses and highest priorities so that the afternoons were freer and there would be fewer upset kids if we did need to leave early. Be flexible and listen to your kids. I am trying to remind myself that this is a vacation, not a checklist, so it should be fun, not a forced march!
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