Six Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep at Walt Disney World

Disney vacations are exhausting. Between the long lines, nonstop excitement, and busy schedule, you and your travel party can easily get worn out.

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In order to get the most out of your trip, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep. But we get it — sleeping in a hotel can be a lot different than snoozing at home.

Here we’re giving you some of our best tips for a relaxing (and restful!) night in a Disney resort.

Wear Yourself Out!

Our simplest tip is to have a tiring schedule. If you’re busy having fun all day, you’ll be exhausted by the time you get back to the hotel at night. We’ve fallen asleep the second our head hits the pillow too many times to count.

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Of course, you want to find a balance! If you overdo it, you could get overtired…and that leads to crankiness (especially for the kiddos!). If you’d rather take a different approach to your sleep strategy, we’ve got a few other tricks for you!

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Turn on the TV

Some background light and noise may help you get to sleep quicker. Keep the volume low, and the glow of the TV may put you right to sleep!

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Our favorite channel is Walt Disney World Today — that Disney music is super soothing. And way back in the day, Must Do Disney was another nighttime essential!

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Bring Your Own Pillow

It never hurts to have a piece of home when you’re sleeping in an unfamiliar place. Little ones can enjoy the comfort of home with their own pillow or blanket. And of course, you can bring yours, too, so you can be extra comfy.

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After all, cranking the AC plus cozying up in an extra blanket is the formula for a perfect night’s sleep.

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Bring a Way to Cancel the Noise

The hotels can get noisy — even at night! Some of the walls are surprisingly thin, and if your neighbors are loud, they might keep you awake. Bring a way to block out sound if you’re a light sleeper!

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We recommend earplugs or even a sound machine. And if your kiddos are used to that sound machine at home, it’ll bring a familiar noise to an unfamiliar place!

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Use Sleep Spray

If you typically use a sleep spray at home, pack it with you for your trip! Not only is it super relaxing, but you’ll associate the scent with bedtime. It might trick your brain into falling asleep faster!

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Spraying it on your pillow is a great sign for your brain that it needs to let go of the craziness from the day and start winding down. 

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Have a Plan for the Next Day

It goes without saying that you’ll sleep better if you’re less stressed about the day ahead. Have your clothes picked and your itinerary ready to go for the next day. If you have little ones, make sure everything they’ll need is all set, too.

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 Put everything you need in a designated spot in your room so you can grab it and go! The last thing you want is to oversleep and then scramble around the next morning trying to get everything together.

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If anyone in your travel group has trouble getting to sleep, try one of these tips! And stay tuned to AllEars for more help planning your vacation.

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6 Replies to “Six Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep at Walt Disney World”

  1. I always take my shower at night when on property(I’m usually a morning shower person). It washes away the yuck of the sweating all day and helps me unwind. It also saves a step in the morning so I can sleep a little longer and be less stressed.

  2. Download a sleep app. There are several of them out there with every noise you can think of. Rain, forest sounds, water running (think twice about this noise), fans, etc. I use my app all the time and it helps to drown out neighbor noises as well as bus noises.

  3. You missed the all important, number one tip:
    Put your thermostat in “vip” mode, this will bypass the motion sensor so it doesn’t turn the AC off at night with no movement.

    Depending on the model, you may have to reenter this mode every so many days. If you can’t figure out how to do it on Google, ask for maintenance to come and show you how.

    1. I never heard of this! Thank you so much for sharing! As someone that loves a COLD room to sleep in I will have to check this out!

  4. We have a Plan for my 4yr old. Give him a Sippy cup before bed and just have him relax with his IPad. He loves watching Parent trap before bed. Counting down to Pop century September 2021