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  • Thinking of a 2014 trip. Our school break is April 12 - 19th with Easter being on the 20th. Any thoughts/ideas on what crowds might be like? Never been this time of year and not sure what to expect.
  • - Asked by Amanda on 5/10/2013
  • Hi, Amanda!  Easter time can be wicked crazy at the theme parks, but fortunately, it doesn't get quite as busy as it does at Christmas.  It helps that schools throughout the country take spring break at various times, 

    The week before and after Easter are probably among the busiest of the spring break season, so you'll want to plan for a busy time in the theme park.  My strategy for the busier times is to tackle the parks early in the day - use morning Extra Magic Hours where you can.  I find we can pack in way more in the morning than we can in an afternoon.

    If you have young children, build in some down time.  You may want to consider a park hopper pass so you can bring the kids back to the hotel to hit the pool or take a nap, then head to a different theme park in the evening for a nice dinner.

    Make reservations early.  To make sure you get the dining experiences you want, book as soon as your 180 day window opens up.  You'll find the more popular restaurants can become booked during peak periods.

    I love Walt Disney World when it's busy, you just have to be ready for the crowds.  I wouldn't let the season deter you!

    Happy planning!
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