Yes, its that time of the year again. People from around the country flock to the Most Magical Place on Earth to celebrate that time honored tradition of Spring Break. But with crowds at peak levels, it can get overwhelming. I am here to show you my tips on how to make the most of your Spring Break!
1. My biggest piece of advice: Take advantage of fast passes, as well as chose rides carefully. I would go far as to say to try and keep your fast passes to “E” ticket levels ( I.E. Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, and other “Thrill rides” for the older crowd) and “A” level ( I.E. Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s flight, and other rides that the younger set love). With the new fast pass plus system, it can be a bit difficult, and by the time you make the reservations, your pickings might be slim. But do not worry, I have tips on when to ride the rides as well.
2. When the fast passes are gone, do not worry. Riding the rides at certain times may help. I highly recommend the official My Disney Experience app. It tells you the ride wait times in real time. Another tip is ride rides with long wait times during the day during extra magic hours, or when the crowds die down, which is usually during the mid to late afternoon when people eat lunch or take naps.
3. Sunscreen, poncho, water, gator-aid , and umbrellas are a must! The Florida weather can be unpredictable, but you can be prepared for it. When weather gets hot , it is important to stay hydrated. Water and gator-aid are a must. No one wants to get dehydrated.
As for the rain, that is what the umbrella and poncho are for. You would be surprised how many guests try and leave when it rains. In Florida, it can last only a few minutes and you will be back to rides in no time. Sunscreen is a must because nobody wants that infamous Florida Sun Burn and all the pain that it brings 🙁 Trust me….
4. Schedule breaks . A vacation is meant to be fun, not overwhelming. Having breaks for naps and pool time are a way to keep everybody happy and ready for more fun in the parks.
5. Try and plan meals for off times, and try eating at some of the resorts. If you have ever been to Disney during peak season, you know this to be true. It seems like everybody gets hungry at the same time, and heads for the same quick service spot. I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that way. Eating during off times, you give yourself plenty of time to eat and relax. An added bonus, when everyone else is eating, you will be on the rides.
Eating at some of the resorts can also lesson your wait times for meals. All resorts have direct transportation and once you arrive, you can ask where their cafeteria or quick service outpost is located. Its the same price as you would pay at the parks, but with more space and options.
6. Dine at the restaurants if you can afford it. That way you can actually be guaranteed a seat, and will not be rushed when you eat.
7. Be patient and understanding. If you have never been during peak time, you may be surprised how long things will take and how long the wait times are. We know, we are all on the same boat. No need to complain or snarky about it.
8. If available, do the second parade. While everyone else is at the first one, use that time for rides. Also, stay in the park a while after. While people are trying to get out, you not only can enjoy a few last minutes in the park, but it makes it a lot easier to get out.
9. Have fun! Don’t forget to always have fun. I mean it could be worse, you could be back home.
10. Finally don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Walking around in a packed park all day with flip flops might not be the best for your feet or back.
I hope these tips help you out, and make sure you comment on any other tips you have for Spring Break!
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