If You Snooze You May Miss Out At Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World isn’t necessarily a vacation in the sense many people think about—to make the most of your time you are not going to be able to sleep in and lounge around. You can do Walt Disney World that way, but if you do you won’t be able to experience as much of what the resort has to offer. You can sleep when you get home, Disney is for fun! Make a park plan that gives you some earlier evenings to make up for the early mornings. Try plan in a break day to enjoy your resort and to refresh and refuel. Here are some things you may miss if you choose to snooze!!
Peace & Quiet
This is a great reason to get up early. Early mornings at any resort are so peaceful. Before all of the hustle and bustle, before everyone else wakes up to start their day, grab the refillable mug and head out on a walk. You may see lots of animals, bunnies, ducks, birds. At Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts, you may hear the sounds of the boats coming in and the park waking up (especially at Magic Kingdom with the train whistle & steam). Its a great time to see the beauty of your resort, so walk around and enjoy the sights. Or, if you are at a deluxe resort, early morning is a nice time to go sit on your balcony, have coffee and breakfast, take in the sights, and prepare for your day.
Being at the park before it opens allows you time to take a mid-day break. My family and I have done this many times and it works well for us. We get up early and get to the park before it opens, tour until just after lunch, come back to our resort to swim, nap, or just sit in air conditioning and relax. That much needed break is helps everyone to refuel, cool off (if visiting in summer), and rest up. If visiting the parks during summer months, your group is leaving just as the park gets the hottest, most crowded, and has the greatest chance of those afternoon thunderstorms. We usually return to the park either before dinner or we have have dinner at the resort, enjoy the nighttime entertainment and fireworks and usually go on a few more attractions.
Early Morning Activities
Waking up early is a requirement for some of the “extra” activities you may want to add on to your Walt Disney World vacation. Disney offers fishing excursions from select resorts, and those depart pretty early in the morning when the fish are biting (and temps are cooler). You might want to do a behind the scenes specialty tour that requires you to be at a park at 8:00 am. You may even have an early morning opportunity to experience attractions if you reserve something like Early Morning Magic or Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom. And if you are a Walt Disney World resort guest you have the advantage of the Extra Magic Hours at select parks on select days. If you choose to go to these during holiday weeks when those Extra Magic Hours start at 7 am you can beat the crowds, but you definitely can’t sleep in. All of these extra activities are great reasons to get up early!
I have been to Disney World many times, so my family & I usually take a one day break or we sleep in at least one day depending on the length of our vacation.
(Partially taken from DisDining.com)