Here are a few tips for helping make a Walt Disney World vacation somewhat relaxing.
- Consider staying off property. I know, this goes against everything I've always said about a Disney vacation! I LOVE staying on property, but staying a few miles from Disney may allow you to get a cheaper room, a full sized house with a pool or more amenities. It also allows you to get away from the characters and fanfare- which for some people is needed (not me though!). There are several relaxing hotels in the Orlando/ Disney area that offer spa treatments, lazy river rides, nature hikes and more.
- Split your vacation between Walt Disney World and the beach. It's only a 2 hour drive to Tampa/ St Pete on the Gulf or just over an hour to the Atlantic coast where you can visit Cocoa or Daytona Beach.
- Choose only 2 of the 4 parks to visit (based on your families interests and kids ages) and get there at park opening to get the most out of your stay. Spend the other days on the golf course, at the spa, at the resort pool or walking the grounds.
- Make dining reservations at restaurants that aren't so busy and noisy. The Crystal Palace, Garden Grill or Tusker House would be good eats with characters and less crowds.
- If your schedule allows it, consider visiting in late summer or fall when rates and crowds are lowest. It won't be as congested and busy, which makes me feel more relaxed! :)