The holidays are over and guests across the country (and really around the world) are planning their 2016 vacations. It’s really the perfect time to talk about spring! This guide is specifically for guests traveling in March, April, May, and early June. There is a guide for early 2016 travelers which covers January, February, and March (there is some overlap in March in “early” and “spring!)
There is plenty of time to plan for ANY of these travel dates, whether it’s grabbing a dining reservation, planning FastPasses, or having the perfect warm weather getaway in the Orlando sun!
The spring months are really a great time to travel for several reasons. Outside of the peak spring break weeks in March through Easter, crowds are very manageable. We were happily surprised to have a very “dead” day in Magic Kingdom at the end of April 2015. Most spring breaks are clustered before Easter, although you may see some after March 27th into the first week or two of April,but I wouldn’t expect to overcrowd the parks!
As March and April hit, Disney begins to extend park hours into the 10 and 11 pm hours. This is a great way to maximize your money and your park time and also leans well to having a nice mid-day break from the action, whether it’s to get in a bit of swim time, check out Disney Springs, or just rest your feet!
A few busier times to note for this time of year:
- Most of March (beyond March 8th for spring break season through April 2nd)
- Star Wars Half Marathon: Dark Side – April 14-17
- After June 5th as kids start to end school (Florida schools typically end about a week later, so if you have an early release, take advantage!)
While all months of the year see rain in the Orlando area, these months are not considered peak rainy season. That being said, you’re likely to see a touch of rain here or there (sorry, I can’t control the weather) but hopefully it will be minimal!
Below are projections of crowds for early 2016. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!
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February 28, 2016
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February 22, 2016 through June 11, 2016
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This time of year is not often considered “peak” for refurbishment as Disney tries to provide the least amount of guest inconvenience. While you’ll still see some closures before the summer season, it’s typically reasonable! We’ve seen things closed like Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and a few days of update on its a small world, but it’s not too bad!
- Boardwalk & Boardwalk Villas exterior repainting (through May 5)
- Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 1 – May 20)
- Art of Animation Sprayground (kids splash play area) (Jan 3 – March 11)
- Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)
- Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
- Planet Hollywood (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
- Typhoon Lagoon annual refurbishment (Jan 3 – March 12)
- Beach Club Villas Soft Goods Rehab (Jan 22 – August 17)
- Flights of Wonder (Jan 25 – March 17)
- Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
- Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)
- Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower (Feb 1 – March 18)
Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!
Limited Time Experiences!
So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.
Symphony in the Stars This popular limited time fireworks experience in Hollywood Studios is returning on a nightly basis. As of January 5, you’ll also be able to book a Fireworks Dessert party! (currently scheduled to end in early March but may get extended based on popularity)
Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In winter, you can “dine with the stars”! Plenty of good reservations are still available. As of March 21, the experience will change over to a “spring” themed experience (booking is not available for this time-frame yet, so there’s still a chance to get a great character dining experience during peak travel time!)
Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. This annual experience continues to grow (excuse the pun). This year the Flower & Garden Festival is extended to 90 magical days and begins on March 2nd and ends much later in May than in past years! You can see your favorite Disney characters made into gorgeous topiaries and nosh on some tasty food in the “fresh kitchens” around World showcase. This is a huge change in experience from several years ago as the kitchen experience continues to grow! I can’t wait to see what’s new this year.
Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!