Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Sep 7, 2013
    Sue Asked

    Our grandson will be 9 in April and we're taking him to Disney World(2days) and Universal Studios (2 days)during Spring Break this year. Knowing how crowded it will be, any tips for keeping our sanity and making this an experience he won't forget?

    Hi Sue,

    My family and I visit Walt Disney World during Spring Break often, and you are right, it is a very busy time of year. You are smart to be thinking about tips that will help you to make this a great experience. Here are a few of mine.

    First, get to the Walt Disney World theme parks as early as you can. If you can, arrive about 30 minutes before the park is scheduled to open. Even over Spring Break, people like to sleep in on vacation. If you can get there early, there will be significantly lower crowds during the first couple of hours that a theme park is open rather than later in the day. We like to arrive at opening time, and enjoy the parks through about lunchtime. In the afternoon, we head back to our resort to swim and relax.

    I also suggest setting reasonable expectations for what you can do in a day over Spring Break. We let each member of our traveling party - which is typically myself, my husband, and my daughter - choose two or three "must dos" each day. This gives us between six and nine attractions to do. This is quite manageable for us, and as long as everyone gets to their must-do items, no one is allowed to be upset that we did not get to do something else. Once you have everyone's list of must-do attractions, try to do the most popular attractions early in the day as they will build lines throughout the day. You can also take advantage of Disney's FASTPASS system to reduce your wait times.

    Finally, if there are particular restaurants at which you know you would like to eat, make those reservations now. You can make reservations at Walt Disney World restaurants 180 days before you wish to dine. For highly traveled times like Spring Break, the restaurants can get quite full!

    I hope that these ideas are helpful for you, Sue. I would love to help you plan more; however, I am limited in the space that I have to answer. Please do write back if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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