My Favorite Tips For Making The Most
Of Your Spring Break At Walt Disney World
With the mad rush of Spring Break at Walt Disney World upon us, I thought I would share some of my family’s tips for dealing with the large crowds at Walt Disney World at this time of year.
When it is super busy at the parks our goal is to try to make the experience as fun and stress-free as possible, while still getting to take in as many attractions and shows as possible in on a busy day.
So here are MY 7 Must Do’s to make a busy time of year fun for the whole family!
1. Have a plan of attack!
I know this one sounds like a no-brainer, but take inventory of everyone’s favorite rides and must see shows and prioritize them. When we visit, I often find that my ability to come up with a ‘Plan B’ on the fly is what really makes or breaks a great day at the Parks since you never know what your day is going to bring.
Make sure you visit our friends over at Touring Plans, because they REALLY know how to plan a day if you are looking to make the most of every minute of your day!
2. Make your day filled with games.
In ev’ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game
Mary Poppins had the absolute right idea! Your job is to make the most of your day in Walt Disney World, so spit spot!
Why not see how many character shirts you see in a day with extra points going to the more rare characters? Or see if you can find Cast Members from all 50 states. Maybe you can even try your hand at becoming at Hidden Mickey Hunter!
3. Look for things you might have overlooked before that others might, too.
I know this one sounds a little weird, but stick with me!
I often get stuck in the rut of following a pattern of attractions and shows when I visit the parks; however I am now constantly on the lookout for the little things I didn’t see before.
My absolute favorite one of these activities is to go the Animation Academy thanks to Betsy! I will warn you that this will take up a good chunk of time, since classes are held every 30 minutes and you can sometimes have to wait as classes tend to fill up. While you are waiting there is a ton to do and fun trivia to keep you all company.
I promise that you will not regret dedicating some time to trying your hand at the Animation Academy.
4. Pay a visit to the 2013 Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.
The 2013 Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is an outstanding way to spend the day, but you can really make the most of your visit by taking your time to smell the roses!
While I’ve already shared a lot of my ideas for My Perfect Day at the Flower and Garden Festival, there are even more ways that you can avoid a lot of the crowds during the Festival!
Spend time in the garden exhibits and in the Flower and Garden Festival Center, take the Tea Tour offered in the United Kingdom Pavilion, stroll through the Kinsey Collection in the American Adventure Pavilion to escape the heat, and finally make sure that you find your favorite character topiary and pose for a great picture with them.
5. Take a visit to Fort Wilderness with the family.
If any tip could possibly get me into hot water with the ‘locals’, this might be it…
Fort Wilderness is the absolute best kept secret at Walt Disney World, and once you figure this out you will be hooked!
The recreation offerings at Fort Wilderness are amazing, and ideal for this time of year to take advantage of the great weather! Some of the more unique activities you will find at the resort are archery, horse and pony riding adventures, jogging trails through meadows and cypress groves, and wagon rides for the whole family to enjoy.
But you have to wait all day to get to my absolute favorite thing to do at Fort Wilderness, which is attending Chip ’N Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long followed by a movie under the stars. During the Campfire Sing-a-long you get to sing and dance with two of the best (not that I am biased or anything) characters…Chip ‘N Dale! And then you get to watch a great Disney movie under the stars, while you roast marshmallows (which are available for purchase at the campfire area) over the campfires that are always roaring thanks to great Fort Wilderness Cast Members.
6. Take a Tour!
It is absolutely astounding how many tours at Walt Disney World are offered!
Whether you are a history nut who wants to take the Keys to the Kingdom tour or walk on the wild side with a Wild African Trek, you are sure to find a tour that fits your interests at Walt Disney World!
A tour that I have taken many times and thoroughly enjoy is the Behind the Seeds tour in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. This tour is my favorite since it is extremely affordable (Adults $18.00/Children $14.00 with Annual Pass discounts available), appropriate for all ages (they even have special strollers and wheelchairs for use on the tour), and gives you the thrill of being backstage while being ‘in’ an attraction. The tour is also offered several times a day, so it is very schedule friendly!
I am really looking forward to making more time in my schedule for tours at Walt Disney World this year!
7. Be prepared!
I know I sound like I am out of the Festival of the Lion King with my final tip, but it is possibly the most important one I could give you!
The last thing you want on a busy day is to NEED something, and have to wait in long lines to buy something that you left in your room or didn’t think to bring. This is the one tip that I still struggle with and have to remind myself of on a constant basis.
When we visit the park as a family we always try to bring a ‘family bag’ that is full of essentials that we find ourselves needing every visit.
And here is a list of what our ‘family bag’ contains:
- Umbrellas – It’s Florida, and it’s going to rain when you least expect it!
- Snacks – We make sure to bring small snacks that won’t melt in the hot sun to help keep spirits high during longer than expected waits for kids and adults.
- Trading Pins – It is always useful to keep a few of these babies handy!
- Autograph Book and Sharpie – Zoe ebbs and flows on wanting autographs, but it is a better safe than sorry thing for us now.
- Ziploc Bags – We carry them in several sizes to make sure that our electronics are safe from the rain (please see umbrellas).
- Lip Balm & Sunscreen – Pretty self-explanatory for these two items.
- Baby Wipes – You can get small packages with fun Disney prints, and baby wipes are good for anything…Baby wipes for Moms are like duct tape for MacGyver!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tips, and that if you are visiting Walt Disney World for Spring Break that you have an absolutely amazing time!!!Follow us for more updates: