Spring break is one of the most popular times to visit theme parks like Disney and Universal, and it’s easy to see why. Typically dry weather with low humidity and mild temperatures makes Orlando a great place to escape wintery weather and trade it for sunny skies. Plus, with the kids out of school for a whole week, it’s a great time to go on an adventure with your family. Spring break season in Orlando typically starts at the beginning of March and runs through Easter. Here are some tips to maximize your Disney or Universal spring break vacation during this busy season.
Check the Weather
The weather in Florida is typically gorgeous this time of year, with sunny skies and highs in the 70s and 80s. However, the occasional cold snap is possible, ushered in by rainy days, overcast weather, and daily highs in the 50s or 60s. Make sure you double-check the weather before you leave and pack a pair of jeans, so you don’t get stuck freezing in shorts during an all-day excursion to the parks.
Skip the Lines
Spring break is a busy time to visit Orlando theme parks, and you’ll see this reflected in the standby wait times for most attractions. Take full advantage of your time by utilizing services that allow you to skip attraction lines, such as Genie+ at Walt Disney World and Express Passes at Universal Orlando. The extra expense of these services will be well worth the price of being able to practically walk onto most rides.
Get Extra Time at Parks: Stay on Property
Disney and Universal offer early theme park entry for resort guests staying on property. It’s one of the best perks of staying at a Disney or Universal hotel. Get a head start and be one of the first in line for popular attractions with long wait times.
Walt Disney World Resort guests can enter any of the four theme parks up to 30 minutes early every day of their stay. Deluxe Resort guests can enjoy Extended Evening Hours and spend up to two additional hours at Magic Kingdom or EPCOT on select evenings.
Universal Resort guests can enter Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios up to one hour early each day and ride select attractions. The list of attractions available during Early Park Admission rotates every few weeks and includes some of the most popular rides at the park. View a list of current Early Park Admission attractions here.
Taking advantage of these early-morning entry perks can make a massive difference in the number of attractions you can ride before the parks get busy later in the morning. If you find it hard to get up early, consider taking a midday break to compensate.
Mobile Order Food
Ordering your meals and snacks with mobile ordering is one of the simplest and best ways to save time at Disney or Universal. Mobile ordering is available through the My Disney Experience or Universal Orlando apps, making it easy and convenient to order food and select a time to have it ready. You can pick an arrival window to order a meal in advance, so you’ll spend less time stressing about when and where to eat. You’ll receive a notification when your order is ready for pickup. Then, head to the dedicated mobile ordering station to get your meal—skipping the regular order lines inside. Mobile ordering is available at a wide range of quick-service restaurants and snack kiosks throughout the theme parks. Before arrival, take some time to get familiar with your options, so you know how it works.
Schedule a Resort Day
Taking a day off from visiting the theme parks to enjoy your resort is a great way to re-energize your group mid-trip. It allows everyone to take a breather and rest, minimizing overstimulation and tiredness throughout your vacation. There are plenty of activities for you to stay busy at a Disney or Universal resort, from pools, splash pads, paddle boats, horseback riding, fishing, tennis, shows, and outdoor movies. If you want to venture outside your resort, take advantage of mini golf courses, boat rides to and from other resorts, or go on a Disney Skyliner joyride. Plus, you can enjoy the shops, eateries, and entertainment at Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk. Everyone will be well-rested and ready to hit the ground running on your next park day!
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Spring break is a great time to visit Orlando, and with these few helpful tips, you can ensure your family has an unforgettable vacation. For more advice for planning theme park vacations, check out the blog. Looking ahead to plan next year’s spring break vacation? Get a free quote for your trip today!
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