Disney World Spring Break Survival Tips

Splash Mountain at Disney World
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Spring Break is one of the busiest times to visit Disney World, but preparing in advance can make the trip fun for every member of your family. Spring Break is traditionally right around Easter week, which means you can expect warm weather during the day and cool, milder weather at night, so pack a sweatshirt. Here are more specific tips on visiting Disney World in March.

By the way, you may decide that you’d rather visit the resort at another time of year. Check out our guide to the best time to visit Disney World.

Disney World Spring Break Survival Tips

Consider staying at a Disney Resort. Although many hotels in and near Orlando offer free shuttle service to the Disney parks, the closest and easiest hotels to navigate from are the Disney resorts. For one thing, bus, monorail, and boat transportation is free, so you won't have to worry about fighting for a place to park, or trekking to the theme park entrance from the lot. This will save you and your family a lot of unnecessary aggravation. Make sure to ask at your resort where the closest transportation stop is beforehand. 

Use Extra Magic Hours. On designated days, different Disney theme parks host Extra Magic Hour events, which means they'll open an hour early and stay open two hours later for Disney resort guests. Extra Magic Hours could help you get a head start on your park visits or allow you to catch up on some missed attractions later in the day.

Keep park hopping to a minimum. Switching from park to park means you will spend time using the Disney transportation system. Although it is generally efficient, it is still time consuming. Spring Break is a busy time of year, so all the Disney World theme parks will be somewhat crowded no matter what. That is why you won't really benefit by switching mid-day. If you are looking to save money on tickets, skip the park hopper option and stick to one park at a time. 

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Go to the water parks early. Unless you enjoy waiting in long lines, arrive at Typhoon Lagoon when it opens. Disney's two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, both fill up quickly, especially when the weather gets super hot. 

Bring water and snacks. Not only will this save you money (you'll spend at least $3 per bottle of water in the Disney World theme parks), but you won't have to waste time standing in line. Disney World allows guests to bring in food items as long as they don't require heating up. 

Use FastPass+. FastPass+ is your ticket to the front of the line — literally. Book reservations in advance for attractions and shows and make liberal use of the FastPass+ system. Having a Fastpass means waiting five minutes to ride Splash Mountain instead of an hour and five minutes–or longer. Wondering what reservations to make? Check out or rundown of the best Disney World attractions.

Make dining reservations. You are able to make dining reservations up to 90 days in advance, so schedule your dining plans as far in advance as possible. During spring break you might not be able to secure a table at a Disney World restaurant without a reservation. Check out our guide to making Disney World dining reservations.

Choose efficient counter service locations. Pick large, well organized restaurants for your meals and you won't wait as long. Best bets for fast service include the Sunshine Seasons Food Court at the Land Pavilion in Epcot, the ABC Commissary in Disney's Hollywood Studios or Restaurantosaurus at Disney's Animal Kingdom. All of these locations are fast food counter-style and offer many affordable options.

Use Disney’s mobile food and beverage feature. To really save time at counter service restaurants, order your meals in advance using your smartphone. Mobile ordering is a feature of the My Disney Experience app.

Grab a seat early: Get your seat early for Fantasmic!, the Disney parades, or any of Disney World's fireworks shows. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show to find an optimal spot. Although you have to then stay there till the show starts, it's worth it! You won't be able to snag a good spot at the last minute, and you'll miss all the fun.

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