Disney World is a hot spot for families, couples and tour groups. There are always masses of people at the Disney World parks, but spring break is one of the most crowded times of the year. Even with all those people waiting in line for the attractions, staying on the sidelines to view the parades and eagerly looking at the menus of the many restaurants, you can appreciate your time there. These tips will help out.
- Make dining reservations as early as possible. You can call 407-WDW-DINE or visit – https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/ Another tip is to bring snacks to tide you over during regular meal times. Then eat on the “off hours” when restaurants and counter service are less busy.
- Use the FastPass or FastPass+ services. With FastPass, you can avoid specific attraction’s long lines by getting a ticket with a return time. During that time, go back to the attraction and get in a much shorter queue, the standby line. The new FastPass+ allows you to choose attractions at home before your arrival. As of now, that this service is only available to resort guests, but Disney is working on opening it to more guests. Besides attractions, you can choose character greetings, parades and even fireworks.
- Plan in advance of your visit. With Disney’s planning tool, MyMagic+, you and your traveling companions can keep track of your dining reservations, your FastPass or FastPass+ information and each day’s plans. On your mobile phone, download the My Disney Experience app which contains the MyMagic+ information and much more, including an interactive map with GPS and wait times for attractions.
- Avoid the parks with Extended Magic Hours, available to resort guests. During Extended Magic Hours one park per day is open earlier and later than the other parks. These often have the highest turnout.
- Play at the resort. Join in one of the resort pool parties. DJs set up games and play music that will get you moving and grooving. Try something new at the AMC Downtown Disney with Dine In Movie Theaters where you can watch a move and have a meal. Challenge your kids to mini-golf at Winter Summerland or Disney Fantasia Gardens.
- Have a blast viewing the fireworks outside of the park. Many resorts have perfect observation areas for Wishes including the Contemporary, the Polynesian and Yacht Club Resort.
Keep in mind that spring break changes each year. Spring break is about a month-long event, depending on school breaks in various areas and the timing of Easter. Many websites track crowds; just search for “Disney World crowd calendar” to help you.
Whether busy or not, there’s much more to do at Walt Disney World than in the parks. Take a chance with your family during spring break or other crowded times. In the parks, be flexible and patient. When the throngs of people get to you and you start feeling overwhelmed, take a break. For me, when I can’t move my scooter without running someone over, it’s time. Planning ahead will be a big help to make your trip thrilling. And you’ll have a magical time even without pixie dust.