One of the most popular times to visit Orlando and its theme parks, Spring Break means large crowds and long lines. Typically running from mid-March through mid-April, the Spring Break season brings tons of visitors to central Florida. While the crowds may scare some, for many families, Spring Break is the best and only time to visit, so here are some tips to survive Spring Break in Orlando.
1. Book Dining Reservations Early
Like with any vacation, planning ahead and booking early assures you get the best reservations and don’t miss out. Most of Walt Disney World’s® restaurants allow guests to make reservations 180 days out from your first day’s visit. Universal Studios also offers online reservations for its in-park dining spots and CityWalk restaurants. Booking restaurants early before you arrive helps save you from waiting hours for a table or missing out on a favorite restaurant altogether.
2. Avoid Extra Magic Hours and Disney After Hours
While these offerings typically give you extra time to enjoy your favorite Walt Disney World Resort® parks, during Spring Break it just means more crowds as many visitors try to take advantage of the additional time. Check the Extra Magic Hours and Disney After Hours calendars and avoid parks with those events during the Spring Break season.
3. Pick a Park and Stay There for the Day
Park-hopping is a popular option for visitors trying to cram as much as they can into a visit. But during the Spring Break weeks, going from park to park means extra time in already-crowded transportation. Instead of wasting time going between parks, pick one and stay there for the day. This tip applies to both Walt Disney World® and Universal Studios, although it is easier to navigate between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
4. Take Advantage of Line Skips
Both Walt Disney World Resort® and Universal Studios offer line skip options. At Walt Disney World®, the FastPass+ is free to use and allows each ticket holder to reserve a time slot for up to 3 attractions. Universal Studio’s line skip program, Universal Express Passes, cost extra but allow to skip the lines at most of the rides for the entirety of your visit.
5. Bring Your Own Water and Snacks
Both Walt Disney World® and Universal Studios allow guests to bring in their own water and food. This will not only save you money, it will save you time. Rather than waiting in the busy lines with your fellow guests, enjoy your food and spend that time on rides.
6. Pay Attention to Crowd Calendars
Typically, parks are busiest from mid-morning to around dinner time. Get to the parks early and/or stay late to avoid the biggest crowds. Several Disney veterans publish crowd calendars that give estimates on crowd sizes for each day of the year. Pay attention to these calendars to pick the days during your stay that will be the least crowded.
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