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A Perfect Afternoon at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

This post is one in a series about personal favorites.


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Teal. Enjoy the ride as we share the ways we would spend a perfect afternoon in Walt Disney World.

The itineraries on this site are designed for first-time family visitors who are unsure if they will ever return and want to see all the best of Walt Disney World.

Moreover, they are placed into a Saturday-Sunday typical “week off of work.”

This results in a pretty intense vacation, one that could us a couple of more days away from the theme parks to recover from itself.

Even so, the key itineraries mostly have some mornings off, and all have some afternoons and evenings off.

What’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon? 

For some it’ll be time in the parks; for others, a little solitary time; for others a nap. Some would add reading a trashy novel, and others playing with the kids in the pool.  Margaritas may be involved at one or more points. So may be shopping or exploring other hotels.


For me, it’s all of the above after “time in the parks” through “margaritas” (on the rocks, with salt)!

A perfect afternoon at Walt Disney World is not spent in the theme parks, as fun as they are; it’s spent relaxing, recovering, and playing with the kids.

Your kids want to go to the pool. 

Walk by a Disney resort pool on the rainiest and coolest of dark winter evenings, and you’ll see kids playing in the pools.

Some surveys even suggest that kids enjoy their time in the pools playing with their parents even more than they do the theme parks.

So here’s my personal favorite afternoon: nap and have some private time first, then off to the pool to play with the kids. A margarita and some quiet reading cap it off. 

As a result I’m relaxed, refreshed, and ready for what the World has to offer!


Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney FAITHful.

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1 The World of Deej { 10.25.11 at 8:14 am }

“Margaritas may be involved at one or more points.” Yes….thats my kind of Disney afternoon!

2 @MaryD73 { 10.25.11 at 8:18 am }

Love the nap part. I also enjoy the pool!

3 Dave { 10.25.11 at 8:48 am }


4 Dave { 10.25.11 at 8:48 am }

And the best is napping at the pool!

5 Kathy Kelly { 10.25.11 at 11:37 am }

It took me about three family trips before I got it into my thick head that an afternoon “off” at the resort pool is good thing! It’s tempting to try to get every last minute out of the parks but ultimately, the entire vacation benefits from that much-needed time-out!

6 Tricia at Return to Disney { 10.25.11 at 11:38 am }

That sounds great – I’m just wondering where you’re hiding out during the Margarita phase!

7 Melissa @ Disney on Wheels { 10.25.11 at 12:05 pm }

Margaritas and a nap, sounds good to me! 🙂

8 Heidi { 10.25.11 at 2:31 pm }

I’d probably skip the drink (unless it’s a pina colada) but the pool and relaxing sound good to me!

9 Dave { 10.25.11 at 3:31 pm }

Drink of your choice is what I should have said!

10 Beth D. { 10.25.11 at 11:57 pm }

We always take time away from the parks to enjoy the pool. I have three kids and if you asked them what they liked best about Walt Disney World, they will mention some rides, but all three would definitely say the pool. Here in NH, our pool season is short. It is a great way for the kids to relax and play before gearing up for another day in the parks.

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