Spring Break is a busy time around Disney World. Many parents don’t want to take their kids out of school, so it seems like the most logical time to enjoy the warmer Orlando weather. Well, great minds think alike moms and dads of the world! Crowd levels are often 7-9 out of 10 during that time. So how do you make the most out of your time in Disney (especially since you are often paying a premium as Disney considers this “peak time”).
Stay on Disney property. You will save tons of time by staying on Disney property including travel to and from your hotel and the ability to schedule your FastPasses (more on that in a bit). You can also take advantage of extra magic hours!
Arrive at parks before rope drop. I know it’s vacation and may want to sleep in, but this is probably the most important piece of advice I can give. Plan to get to the parks 20-30 minutes before park open. This will allow you to get to 1-2 (if not more) major attractions early in the day. You can always go back to your resort and take a break (and a nap) in the middle of the day.
Know before you go! Know which parks have early morning magic hours and AVOID THEM. By 11 am, these parks are packed and wait times are typically longer than a regular day. Also know which parks have evening magic hours. If you have park hopper passes, plan to go there late in the day. Lines are often shorter, especially if extra magic hours are 2+ hours in length. The second hour even the most popular attractions can be less than a 15 minute standby time.
Schedule your FastPass+. This allows you to book 3 attractions (rides, character meet and greets, or live shows) and skip the line. That’s a huge help when you’re traveling with kids. Anytime you can bypass an hour of wait time is a good thing to me!
Eat at off peak times. If you can eat before 10 am or after 1:30 pm for lunch, you will beat some of the crowds.
Enjoy attractions during parades. Check the daily schedule and know when and where the parades are. These draw big crowds, so if you don’t mind missing them, take the opportunity to hop in a line and ride standby.
Don’t stress! It is vacation after all.
And most important of all, ENJOY YOUR FAMILY!
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