The act of relaxing at Disney World should come naturally, merely by breathing in the funnel-cake scented air and being in the company of your loved ones. Shaking hands with Mickey Mouse while your children scream and tug your legs in two different directions should max out your happy-meter to the point of enlightenment, where after you drift through your week on a cloud, blissed out and completely relaxed.
Relaxing Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds
If only. Unfortunately, despite being the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort is not an easy place to relax. Like any vacation, there are a million things to be juggling at any given time, there are thousands of people all around you in a large and unfamiliar space, and you’re walking everywhere with a blister on your toe. Maybe you can handle all that, but if the stress doesn’t get you, the glee will. In fact, it is much more likely that your excitement and happiness at being on vacation at Walt Disney World Resort will keep you from relaxing more than your stress.
If you make up your mind, you can relax at Disney World.
The reason for this is that Disney is a very easy place to get over-excited. There is sensory stimulation coming at you faster than your brain can process, plus you’re likely to be there with a group of people whom you enjoy the company of more than just about anything in the world. Over the course of the time you spend at Walt Disney World you will be trying new things, getting up early, walking miles through sporadic weather, and pretty much whatever else it takes to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Disney vacation.
Balancing Everyone’s Needs
It is likely that you have wants, needs, and expectations regarding your vacation at Disney, and that you are balancing those with the wants, needs, and expectations of everyone in your vacation party. Your trip is over-hyped; you’re over-stimulated, over-tired, and completely exhausted. So why is it that it is hard to relax at Walt Disney World? Because people assume that vacations are inherently relaxing, they don’t set time aside to actually relax. They “go commando” to do and see as much as possible.
In order to keep your Disney World vacation from overwhelming you, it is incredibly important that you not only set aside time to relax, but plan relaxing activities for your Disney vacation.
Relax, Let the Magic Do the Work
For one, you cannot be the person on your vacation who is stressing out and pushing everyone trying to make sure that everyone is having fun. You will run yourself ragged, and probably get on everyone’s nerves more than you will actually help people enjoy the trip. Relax your pace, take a deep breath, and let everyone enjoy the experience as they will. You are at Walt Disney World resort, for crying out loud, there is more than enough fun and magic to go around.
Take A Break
Also, don’t be afraid to take spontaneous rests throughout the day. Walt Disney World Resort has some mighty fine benches for a reason. Benches are there for you and your vacation party to sit on and chat. You can regroup, take photos, grab an ice cream cone, take in the atmosphere and Disney details, and generally do whatever you are feeling for a few minutes. Inevitably, you will need to stick to a general game plan to see and experience everything in Walt Disney World that you want to, but it is important to leave enough wiggle room in the schedule to have a few minutes to breathe here or there.
This wiggle room includes some time to wind down at the end of the day, whether it is just putting your feet up in your resort hotel room and flipping through channels while you pass the time until your dining reservation or just squeezing in a shower. A better relaxation option than chilling out in your resort hotel room, however, would be a visit to one of Walt Disney World Resort’s Spas, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa or the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.
The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
The Grand Floridian Spa is a 10,000 square foot, Victorian-themed luxury facility, designed to offer the ultimate in relaxation for parents, children, couples, old folks, young folks, and everyone in between. There is no better way to ditch the stress of the day than with one of their varieties of massage: aromatherapy, shiatsu, reflexology, and more. If you and your significant other want to spend some one-on-one time, there are special spa packages just for you, some including private candle-lit rooms. Manicures, pedicures, and leg massages are available to work out the day’s park-wear and tear. There are also children’s mani’s, pedi’s, facials, and light massages if you want to relax alongside your kids. The Grand Floridian will pamper you the way you deserve, in style!
The Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
For an even more exclusive pampering, check out the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. So peaceful and removed, you will forget you are on Disney premises; the Saratoga Springs Spa is the perfect place to enjoy the ultimate relaxation experience. Also Victorian-themed, this slightly smaller spa caters to an all-adult audience, no kiddies allowed, and delves even deeper into special techniques of massage – including Adirondack Stone Therapy, which uses hot stones and warmed oils to work out pressure in the body using pressure points. They also offer a to-die-for pedicure treatment called the Peppermint Pedicure, named after a candy treat from Saratoga called the Peppermint Pig.
However you choose to fit in some relaxation at Disney – but really the spas are a great way to do so – the important thing is that you do so. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t automatically mean that you will relax, in fact, many people don’t, and you deserve to! Part of the reason that people go on vacation is to relax. Let Walt Disney World Resort’s Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa help you make the most of your vacation!Herb Leibacher