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  • On Oct 30, 2014
    Kelly from IN Asked

    We are visiting Disney world in march (spring break ugh...) I have a few questions. Any pointers to save time I know lines with be crazy at this time.


    Our family has been several times during the week of Spring Break, and I share your sentiment about the crowds. However, before you come, there are some ways to lessen the affect that crowds can add to a trip. Here are my tips:

    • Get to the parks no later than 45 minutes before they open. Typically during busier times of the year, Disney will actually begin letting in guests as much as 30 minutes before the official posted opening time. You will be shocked at how many attractions you can cross off your list before 11 a.m. when many teenagers are just waking up. 
    • Make a list of your "must-dos" and get them done as soon as you get to the park. The most popular rides will see their shortest lines at the beginning of the day. The longer you wait to ride, the longer the line will be.
    • Visit the smaller parks (Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios) during the weekdays when crowds are smaller, saving the larger parks (Epcot and Animal Kingdom) for the weekends when crowds are greater and can be evenly dispersed. 
    • Add the Water Park & More Option to your tickets. Hit the theme parks in the morning and then leave the park and take a break by heading to the less-populated water parks, Disney Quest or even the miniature golf courses. The upgrade will seem like a splurge to your kids but a sanity saver for you.
    • Book your FastPass+ at 60-days out from your arrival if you are staying on property. You can book up to three FP+ in advance of your trip. Utilize this option and gain valuable time instead of waiting for a parade, a Character Meet-and-Greet, or popular ride like Toy Story Midway Mania or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As soon as you use up these FP+, you will be eligible to book another at one of the FP+ kiosks in the park.
    • If you don't have a Park Hopper ticket, skip the park with Early Magic Hours which can bring crowds.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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