In Defense of Taking a Nap During Your Disney World Park Day

Planning a trip to Disney World takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, and (let’s be honest) a lot of money. So it makes total sense that you’d want to maximize every waking moment while you’re vacationing in the Most Magical Place on Earth! 

Cinderella Castle

The only problem with that mindset is that you may very well wind up feeling utterly drained and overwhelmed, which is why it’s important to pace yourself and take breaks.

That’s why taking time to nap during your Disney World park day isn’t as wasteful as it may sound! 


First of all, let’s erase the stereotype that naps are lazy or a waste of time. They’re a fantastic way to recharge and maintain stamina and energy. And Disney World is one place that really requires both.

This is a lot

A midday siesta is exactly what you need to power through a full day of rides, snacking, and Park Hopping. Without it, you might be running on empty, crashing in your resort well before the fireworks even begin (or worse: reaching your wits’ end before you’ve made it back to your cozy bed). 

Time for bed

More so than most places, Disney World can be draining and overwhelming. Granted, this is mostly in a good way, but the crowds, the heat, the random downpours, and the intense sun can really take it out of you. Don’t beat yourself up for needing a break and getting tired.


Escape the Sun… and Rain… and People.

Rather than holing up in dark indoor restaurants or repeatedly riding indoor rides to escape the wrath of the Florida sun, a little R&R in your resort room will work wonders. Plus it’s a good opportunity to spend a little more time in your Disney resort if you’re staying in one! They’re beautiful, meticulously detailed places that are just as enchanting as the parks. 

Swan hotel fountain

Of course, if you really don’t have the time or desire to bounce back to your hotel, there are alternatives! We love a good nap at one of Disney World’s quieter indoor attractions, like Hall of Presidents, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Spaceship Earth (seriously, the soothing narration of Dame Judi Dench is like a lullaby). 

Great place to snooze

So instead of hustling at 100% all day long, give yourself a break, be it in your hotel room or in Country Bear Jamboree. You’ll feel better for it, and your experience in the parks will be far more enjoyable. Sweet dreams!

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6 Replies to “In Defense of Taking a Nap During Your Disney World Park Day”

  1. We always take Breaks Mid day!!! Whether to swim, nap or just watch TV. Especially now that I have a Little one. My hubby needs break cause of his Asthma. We go to room to Restock on Bag supplies/Medicine etc.

  2. We always go back to resort mid day escaping crowds and weather. Rest and recharge a few hours go back before early dinner stay out until late works for us especially since we are up and out early in morning.

  3. Nap time! Yes please! Last time we were there, it was so horribly hot! My hubby and kids went to the pool and I took an afternoon nap. It was lovely!

  4. Still go back to the room to take a cooling dip in the pool then a nap during the hottest part of the day.
    We are ready to go back to the parks and finish off strong.
    Such a big difference to cool down and nap.

  5. We just went to MK and Epcot a few weeks ago. Did a split stay so we could be at Contemporary for the MK day and Beach Club for the Epcot day. Both days we rope dropped, then went back to the room early afternoon for a nap or pool relaxing, then back early evening and closed the parks. It was so easy being close to both parks at those resorts. We loved this method so much, we may plan the afternoon resort break for all future trips!

  6. Pro-nap…especially with younger school age kids that have outgrown a regular nap but need a break if staying for fireworks or extra magic hours. Lots of walking plus heat and humidity cause the best of us to need a break. A must after a water park day!