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Old 10-13-2018, 09:41 AM   #1
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Ideas for relaxing WDW afternoons

What do you do to relax from the excitement of touring?

DH His Drewness usually watches tv or naps, sensible man that he is.

Me, I’m as excited to be at Disney as a little kid. I can’t stand to waste a moment of Disney time and often go out solo to do something. Browsing the GF shops is a favorite as is wandering about the grounds looking at flowers or people-watching. Occasionally, I’ve hopped a bus to DSpgs or the GF-Poly boat to the MK since DH’s powerchair can’t board that boat. I really enjoy riding the small boat.

If I know I truly need some rest, I’ll sort out new pins and put them into the case or load a different themed lanyard. My fave lanyard themes are Lilo and Stitch or Mickey and Walt. These are dangerous activities because they often lead to my running out to look for some pin(s) I lack and must have.

Disney, no rest really for me! (And yes, I often get home feeling like I could use another vacation to rest up.)
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We usually take an afternoon break back in the room or we wander around our resort or sometimes just sit in a park and people watch.
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I tend to go at a very relaxed pace and follow my whims. The result is that I never feel like I need to relax. I've found a spot to sit and read while in the park, gone back to my resort in the afternoon because I'm just done with being in a park for the day and headed to Disney Springs because I've realized that I'm "done" so to speak. I'm sure the fact that I go solo helps me do this as I have no-one else's wants or needs to consider.
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we go back and nap or wander down to the pool for a FAB and an afternoon of reading by the pool.
I've also wandered around the resort taking photos while Dave napped. It's not easy for me to settle down enough to nap....except if I'm lying by the pool reading. Go figure.
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We usually go to the pool or sit out on the room balcony in the afternoons.
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I walk a lot outside the parks, so I'm just go-go-go all the time when I'm there.

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I love to relax with my kindle, sometimes by the pool, other times in my room. A nap is not unheard of either.
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It depends on the season.
Cooler temps--not cold mind you, but cooler--give us more energy to stay longer.
If it's cold, then touring resorts is a great way to relax.
If it's hot, then a nap in a cool room or a stint by the pool are our "go-to's."
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We love to go to the pool and relax.
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What about seeing a movie at Disney Springs or eating icecream in a shady people watching spot?
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I have to have downtime. I can't stand running around constantly. I get one vacation a year and I want to be able to relax and enjoy myself. Sometimes I think I could totally go to WDW and not even go to the parks. So we head back to the room and enjoy a couple adult beverages, watch some tv, and use the pool. My anxiety kinda ruins browsing and shopping for me. I just can't do it anymore. Just as well anyway cause the budget doesn't stretch that far anymore either.
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Most of the time we go to the pool, but if it's summer and it's too hot, we may stay inside. When staying in a DVC room, we'll get a puzzle and work on that at the room's table while we watch TV.
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When it is super hot I will go back to the room and take a nap. I have also gone to another resort after leaving the park and hung out in the lobby; writing in my journal and then doing a little browsing in the gift shop.
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Relaxing afternoon ideas-

- The outside tiki bar at the Poly. They usually have a singer and it's wonderful to just sit and listen.
- Naps of course!
- Drinks/lunch at the Boathouse dockside bar. This is one of my favorite places to watch the anphibicars and enjoy the view of Disney Springs and Saratoga Springs.
-Tiffins Nomad bar - if you need a break from the summer heat at AK, this is a must. Super quiet, comfy couches/seating, cool and dark. I saw a few people napping here.
- While I've not done it, I think that renting a pontoon boat for a few hours and cruising bay lake would be wonderful.
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