Disney World Spring Break Survival Tips

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Use FastPass+ with your MagicBand to speed through the line during Spring Break. © The Walt Disney Company

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

Disney World Spring Break Survival Tips:

Stay at a Disney Resort. Although many resorts on Orlando offer free shuttle service to the Disney parks, the closest and easiest to navigate is from the Disney resorts. 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 in the heat. 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. 

Skip the "park of the day." On designated days, different Disney theme parks will host Extra Magic Hour events, which means they'll open an hour early and stay open two hours later for Disney resort guests. While Extra Magic Hours are helpful at just about every other time of the year, avoid the Extra Magic Hours "park of the day" during Spring Break. This park will be extremely crowded all day — meaning fewer visitors in the other theme parks. 

Skip park hopping. Switching from park to park means you will spend a lot of time on the Disney transportation system, which although is 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. 

Go to water parks early. Unless you enjoy waiting in line for two hours to take a dip in Shark Reef, 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 $2.50 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. Make liberal use of the FastPass+ system and you will be able to enjoy more of Disney World's best rides. Having a Fastpass means waiting for 5 minutes to ride Splash Mountain instead of an hour and 5 minutes.

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 you can. During spring break you will not be able to secure a table at a Disney World restaurant without a reservation — it's that busy!

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. 

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.