Nap Time at the Parks

Napping in the rose gardenDo you have a toddler that fights napping?

My daughter, Victoria, like many other 2 year olds, is energetic, curious and fun-loving.  She needs to know what’s going on at all times and usually it’s because she wants to make sure that she’s still running the show.  This passionate personality holds true while on vacation at Walt Disney World.  Sleeping in the park doesn’t come easy for her. People, music, and constant excitement is everywhere.  I can’t possibly be upset that she fights it with all her little being, but unfortunately for the rest of our family, this creates a cranky Victoria.  Because of this, we often leave the park after lunch and have nap time at our resort.  But sometimes, this isn’t really a good option and we have to stay in the park during her typical nap-time.  In the past year we’ve vacationed at WDW three times and during that time, there were many times that I had to “figure” out how to get her to sleep.  Today I’ll share with you Victoria’s perfect nap locations in each of Disney’s four theme parks.

Magic Kingdom

The Rose Garden

Rose GardenWhen walking down Main Street USA towards Cinderella’s Castle, nestled down by the water near Tomorrowland, you’ll find the Rose Garden.  It’s a path that’s not often travelled, but in the heart of the park.  When we were in the Magic Kingdom, I’d send my husband and our six-year-old son, Gavin to a fun “big” kid attraction and Victoria and I would head to the garden.  If she’d fallen asleep on the walk to the garden, it was a great spot for me to park the stroller with a snack and people watch from a far.  We’d often have the path and seating area to ourselves.  If she didn’t fall asleep during the walk there, the path, being less travelled had no elevated voices to keep her awake.  I’d simply walk up and down the path and it would put her to sleep.  The day that I took this photo was a busy day at the park.  As you can see, it’s just about empty in the garden.

If your looking for the quietest area of the park, try the path from Fantasyland’s train station to Tomorrowland by Space Mountain.  I will warn you that the Walt Disney World Railroad runs by there, so once your little one falls asleep, head to another area.  The picture below was taken on the same busy day as the picture I took of the Rose Garden.  It was the last day of the Dream Lights on Cinderella’s Castle this year and incredibly busy.

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Epcot

World Showcase

Although World Showcase opens each day at 11am, it isn’t busy until at the very earliest lunch time.  Again, my husband and our son can enjoy an attraction or two and I have a wonderful stroll through the many countries of World Showcase.  Walking around the World Showcase Lagoon couldn’t be more relaxing at this time and the music is a definite plus!

Outside of the park at the exit by England.

If it’s later in the day and World Showcase is already busy, consider exiting the park to walk around the Boardwalk and Beach Club area.  I promise you’ll enjoy the walk!  Once your little one wakes, enter back into the park using the same entrance you exited from earlier.

Disney Hollywood Studios

Echo Lake

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Since Echo Lake has very little attractions near it, it’s relatively quiet.  The main attraction in this area is Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show and there are only a few shows throughout the day.  When a show has cleared out, this area is empty.  On the day that I took this photo the Studios was packed!  I couldn’t get Victoria to sleep because I had to stop the stroller every few seconds simply because there were so many people in the streets!  This photo is of the exit area to the left of Indiana Jones Show and to the right side of the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost.  Walking here and by Echo Lake, which is directly in front of the Show’s entrance, were the quietest area of the park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The walkway between Finding Nemo- The Musical and Everest is very quiet, unless a Nemo show is letting out.  So before you decide to park the stroller, check out the show times.  If you time it right, this is a perfect location!

I hope my little suggestions, tested and approved by Victoria, are helpful for your next trip!  If you have any suggestions or tips that you’d like to share, please do! 

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Thanks for stopping by!  I’m Amy, from the blog, Mouse Ears Mom and now The Disney Moms!  At Mouse Ears Mom I share my Disney Vacation tips for families, Disney-Inspired treat ideas, in addition to Disney-Inspired crafts, party planning and more.  Next month, I’ll be back at The Disney Moms Blog again to share a Disney-Inspired Life.  In the meantime,  if you’d like to check out some of my Disney-Inspired treats or crafts, I’d love for you to visit my blog at www.mouseearsmom.com .

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