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Disney World Spring Break 2015 Survival Tips

by Leap on January 8, 2015

Spring break ranks just behind the weeks of Christmas and New Year's as the busiest time to visit Disney World and the Orlando theme parks. Because the traditional week off from school is staggered throughout the U.S., it creates a spike in attendance at the theme parks over a period of a few weeks. Hence, we've come to think of spring break as a season. With Easter falling later this spring, it means that the "spring break season" will be longer. For 2015, the season unofficially begins March 7 and ends April 12 with Easter on April 5. We always recommend you check our Crowd Calendar for daily crowd levels and recommended parks, but you should especially do so if you are visiting during this time.

While there will be lots of frogs in the pond, so to speak, those of you visiting Disney World during spring break 2015 need not despair! Here are a few tips that can make a big difference in your visit.

Frog Family's Disney World Spring Break 2015 Survival Tips

Disney World spring break 2015 - Magic Kingdom opening

Tip #1 - Arrive early.

Our single-most important tip is to arrive early, especially during spring break. Arrive at the parks about 45 minutes before rope-drop and ride your favorites in the first hour or two before the lines get really long. This also helps with parking, if you plan to drive, as the parking lots fill sooner during peak seasons such as spring break. Know that closures are possible at the parks on the very busiest days, although the closure to new guests are done in phases, they don't normally last all day. As guests leave the park, more are allowed to come in. Keep in mind also that moving between parks takes up a lot of time and can be tougher on little ones when there are more crowds to navigate.

Tip #2 - Take advantage of FastPass+

Disney World's FastPass+ service lets you pre-book attractions up to 60 days or 30 days in advance, depending on whether you are staying onsite or not. You get three rides or entertainment selections per day from any one park. If you will be visiting Disney World during spring break 2015, you definitely want to book those rides as soon as you can! And make sure to buy your tickets far enough in advance so that you can book your FastPass+ selections when your reservation window opens. You'll find full details on FastPass+ inside our MyMagic+ Guide.

Tip #3 - Follow a touring plan & download our wait-time app. 

In addition to using FastPass+ and arriving early, we recommend you at least have an idea of which attractions you want to visit in the parks, preferably a touring plan. Lucky for you, we offer 1-day touring plans for all of the Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando theme parks so you experience the most in-demand attractions with the shortest durations first. You can use our wait time app to check wait times of rides nearby instead of having to traverse the park.

Tip #3 - Rent a car.

Disney World Spring Break 2015 - Bus service

While Disney World offers complimentary transportation, wait times can be long during peak times. Buses (or boats, or monorail cars) can fill quickly, and you may find yourself waiting for a second or third bus before you can board. Having a rental or driving your own car gives you the convenience of going anywhere at any time. (Undercover Tourist conveniently offers car rental through Alamo for a deep savings when you buy your tickets from us.)

Tip #4 – Eat breakfast beforehand &  pack your own drinks and snacks.

This will save you time and money. If you rent a car or drive your own, it's easier to find breakfast foods and eat at your hotel. If you're on property, most of the resort gift shops have breakfast foods available for purchase that are cheaper than eating a full sit-down breakfast. And when you bring your own snacks and drinks, you can avoid lines — as well as hunger and hydration meltdowns!

Tip #5 - Avoid dining during "prime time."

Disney World spring break 2015 - Cosmic Rays

Unless you've made Advance Dining Reservations, the restaurant crowds can be as busy as the attraction lines. You'll find the shortest lines during "off peak" hours, for example, before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. for lunch. Just remember to adjust your breakfast and snack times accordingly.

Oh, and just because you didn't make an ADR in advance doesn't mean you can't while you're on vacation. Check for openings on the days of your visit for last-minute openings due to other people's cancellations.

Tip #6 – Review your safety plan.

Disney World Spring Break 2015 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Crowds + tadpoles (children) = sky-rocketing anxiety levels for parents. Review things like “what happens if we get separated” beforehand. Take a look at Lily’s Safety Strategies for more safety tips.

Tip 7 – Take a break from the parks.

Disney World Spring Break 2015 - Disney's Caribbean Beach pool

If you or your little ones are completely frazzled by the afternoon, take a break from the parks completely. Let the kids have a swim or a nap and then decide if a trip in the evening — perhaps to the resort's entertainment and shopping areas Downtown Disney or Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District — might be in order.

Tip #8 – Pack your patience.

The Grinch™ is great as long as he stays in his place at Islands of Adventure. Don’t let him take over your vacation. If you start to feel overwhelmed, just take a deep breath and maybe a 5 minute “time-out.” It’s very important to bounce back from a melt-down…yours or your kids’!

Tip #9 - Watch the fireworks from outside the parks.

Magic Kingdom fireworks shows are viewable from the Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the beaches at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the Ticket and Transportation Center, and on the boat ride between Magic Kingdom and Fort Wilderness. Epcot fireworks can be seen from the bridge that connects Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District and the Yacht & Beach Club. (They’re also viewable on Undercover Tourist’s YouTube channel!)

Tip #10 – Be flexible.

While I love when a great plan comes together, I know when it’s OK to alter that plan and change course. Take occasional “temperature” checks of everyone’s energy levels and attitudes. If you have to cut something short or go to a different park than you planned, don’t sweat it. It’s about quality not quantity.

Related: Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2015

Have a question about what to expect during Disney World Spring Break 2015? Have a survival strategy when theme park crowds are at their highest? Share in comments below!

Hoppy spring break!

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Sally Jan 7, 2015 at 11:47 a.m.

we find that rides like splash and space mountain or rock and roll are best in the late evening hours especially when MK is open till 1 or 2 am. Once the fireworks are over there is a huge amount of people that leave the parks! That's when we can go from ride to ride without waiting, especially good with older teenagers!

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Marcy Mar 12, 2015 at 6:24 p.m.

Awesome suggestion! I think my husband and I will leave our son with my parents one night and do this :-)

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Denise Jan 24, 2015 at 3:43 p.m.

If we plan on visiting magic kingdom universal studios animal kingdom and discovery cove, what would our best options be. For park tickets? We only have 4 days and booked discovery cove swim with dolphins already. Thanks for help.

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FrogBlog Jan 26, 2015 at 8:14 a.m.

Hi Denise,

You can purchase a two day Magic Your Way ticket and a Universal Orlando 1 day ticket or 1 day park-to-park ticket.

Keep hopping!

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yulissa contreras Feb 10, 2015 at 12:39 a.m.

hi aline

i would do the same ti

hing cause my little sister and brother have a week so we might go for 5 days so the can have fun on there last day going to Florida cause we are from there but we moved to Texas so they have not been to Florida since 2012 so i am going to take them cause would have nothing to do so i would go to magic kingdom animal kingdom universal studio each day i will go until i dome ever thing and if i have enough days to do more stuff i would go to which one i like it is universal studio there is a hulk ride and it is real fun you should ride that one when u go

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Aline Feb 9, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

Hello,

Why is mentioned "unofficially" starts in march,7?

I´m foreign in would like to understand is march, 7 until march,11 is really expect a crowed days?

Or as those days are unofficially it´s possibille that we find a medium (6/10) level?

Thanks

Aline

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FrogBlog Feb 9, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Aline,

We are expecting high crowd levels during that time.

Keep hopping!

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Mike Feb 15, 2015 at 2:52 p.m.

I understand the new fast pass plus system, assigning it to your ticket or armband, but do the parks also still have the regular fast passes that you used to be able to get at kiosks? If so, can you double up on fast passes, get some from kiosks and some pre done on your armbands?

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:11 a.m.

Hi Mike,

The old Fastpass system is no longer available.

Keep hopping!

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Madison Webster Feb 17, 2015 at 6:36 a.m.

What hotel/resort is pictured in tip number 7?

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FrogBlog Feb 17, 2015 at 11:20 a.m.

Hi Madison,

That's Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Great pool, huh?

Keep hopping!

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Ana Feb 18, 2015 at 6:12 p.m.

We will go To Disneyworld from march 9 till march 22... Will there be a crowd?

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:02 a.m.

Hi Ana,

Yes, it's expected to be busy during this time.

Keep hopping!

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Shannon Feb 24, 2015 at 7:09 p.m.

We're going to Disney over spring break/Easter this year and we've been reading that at times the parks are closed due to capacity. If we leave after lunch to give the kids a little break but want to go back later because we have dining reservations will we be able to get back into the park if it's closed at that time because of capacity?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:57 a.m.

Hi Shannon,

there is a tiered system in place for closures, and they are only temporary not for the rest of the day. This post explains it more.

Keep hopping!

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Gene Feb 28, 2015 at 3:11 a.m.

Hi, planning a trip the end of April. I do not see Sea World or Aquatica on the crowd calendar. Is this information available somewhere else?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:52 a.m.

Hi Gene,

SeaWorld and Aquatica park hours are not currently available on our website, but the crowd calendar information applies to both of those parks.

Keep hopping!

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Eppi Mar 7, 2015 at 12:48 a.m.

Hello,

We plan on going to Disney world in June 8-11 and wondering about the crowd, we also would like to know if we can take sandwiches and drinks?

Thank you!

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:48 p.m.

Hi Eppi,

Crowds are expected to be high during this time as summer break will have begun for most schools. Yes, you can take sandwiches and drinks!

Keep hopping!

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Blair Mar 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Last year we went for 6 days during our children's spring break and one of the tram drivers told us we missed the busiest week by one week. She said that the previous week almost all of Florida's public schools were on break and the parking lots at MK were closed by 10:30am. Any idea which week this might fall on this year? Just curious.

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Micki801 Mar 17, 2015 at 12:49 a.m.

Who is allowed to use the pools? Can you go to any of them, or only your own?

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FrogBlog Mar 17, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

Hi,

Pool hopping is not encouraged. A few of the pools are gated and require MagicBands for entry. If you are not staying at that hotel, you will not be let in.

Keep hopping!

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Michele Mar 20, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

My hubby and I accidently booked our disney vacation for April 5th-11 th. Will we be able to get in the parks later in the evenings? We don't havr kids so we aren't on any huge timetable.

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.

Hi Michele,

It's possible that you will find some of the parks at capacity on Easter and Monday, but there is normally only a temporary closure, usually in the afternoon. By evening, we expect you'd be fine. We've got more details on this post!

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Amanda Mar 23, 2015 at 7:49 p.m.

I have a 3 day pass for Disney. We will be down there the 4-11th of April. I was thinking Easter day would be the less busiest of that week but reading some comments I'm thinking I was wrong. What are your thoughts?

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FrogBlog Mar 24, 2015 at 9:29 a.m.

Amanda,

Easter will be very, very crowded. Later in the week would be better.

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Bee Mar 25, 2015 at 12:53 a.m.

Hi there, we are a family of four (two teens, 18 and 13), travelling from Australia in November or December 2015. We had planned to go to Disneyland and new park/Universal etc. in La, however have started to think we may be better off spending the time in Orlando instead - maybe 8 days - can do most of the same, if not more, at Disneyworld instead. We visited about 10 years ago (during Spring break, ugh!). I'm really unsure whether we should book a Disney Resort again (super convenient, but expensive) or a local hotel, where we could even possibly have breaky thrown in - would they have transport & wot cost or would we be better off to hire a car? Budget is a consideration....I just don't know where to start!

Thx. :-)

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FrogBlog Mar 25, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

Hi Bee,

We prefer staying on-site for the convenience and park benefits, but many of the off-site resorts offer shuttle service. You would just need to confirm that, and you would also want to find out how often the shuttles run, how many stops do they make (one park at a time, or multiple parks) and time of operation. You can find more resources to help you out in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping!

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Di Apr 4, 2015 at 10:46 p.m.

Hello. I was looking for information for Easter week and saw your post. We would love to go to Australia but will probably never get there. We love disney and we go every year. So ask any any questions you want and I will help you for free. Email me.

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Jennifer B Mar 27, 2015 at 3:41 a.m.

I'm super nervous about the crowd levels during our trip next week. We are arriving on Sunday, March 29th and checking out on Saturday, April 4th. I've done my research, and planned out parks according to the crowd calendars, and booked all of our ADR'S and Fast Passes. We also plan on touring parks in the mornings, resting in our resort and returning each night to the park. (I have a heart condition, so this is a MUST for me.) But, I'm still a little nervous about dealing with the crowds, I didn't purchase park hopper because of the extra cost, but I'm scared that the parks will be at capacity when we try to return. It I chose recommended parks from the crowd level calendars, should this

be a huge problem?

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FrogBlog Mar 27, 2015 at 7:10 a.m.

Hi Jennifer,

It sounds like you are doing all of the right things to take advantage of the lowest waits even during this busy time! It will be crowded, but that doesn't mean you won't have a great trip. I think you're fine without Park Hoppers, but you can always upgrade when you get there if you change your mind.

Keep hopping!

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Martin Apr 2, 2015 at 6:20 p.m.

We just got back, was there from Friday the 27th to the 31st of March. We stayed in Disney our last time (Swan) and this time stayed in Kisamee (10 min. drive) in a 2 bedroom suite (so much better than living out of a hotel room). The extra room was great with My wife and I and 3 kids. We rocked this trip. We planned according to the crowd calendar and did our fast passes ahead of time. The key things were: driving our selves (disney has got this parking thing down), getting there early, lots of snacks and water, staying at one park the whole day, and late lunch reservations. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios and only waited more than 10mins twice (Test Track and Splash Mt.). We did about 75% or more of what each park had to offer and this was with a 2, 7 and 10 year old. I really feel we lucked out in a big way.

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enrique lopez Apr 6, 2015 at 3:46 p.m.

hy

we are 6 of family 4 kids and my wife and me, we are planning to go to orlando on the first week of May 2015 , do you think is a good idea , we are no to croud?? is that ok or is better other week

we can go from the last week of april and the first two weeks of my, we are going to spent only 1 week in orlando

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:42 a.m.

We are expecting neutral crowds during most of this time. The first week of May looks slightly better than last week of April.

Keep hopping!

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