Spring Break season is upon us! Having been cooped up at home for almost a year, many people are looking forward to traveling again soon. Travel this year is different from any other spring break before, so it is going to be even more important to have a plan. We’ve got your back! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World for Spring Break, you’re going to need to check out our spring break hacks!
The most important thing to think about when visiting WDW this spring break is how to do it safely. With more people getting vaccinated every day, we are on the path to normalcy, but we aren’t there yet. The best way to stay safe is to wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Florida may be relaxing mask restrictions, but Disney is not. Actually, Disney is being stricter than before. Disney’s mask policy was just updated to include mask-wearing at your restaurant table until you have your food and are eating.
Book A Skyliner Hotel
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, we recommend staying at one of the hotels on the Skyliner route! This includes the Riviera, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach. We have 2 major reasons for this hack- first, this will help you be safe! Unlike other forms of Disney Transportation, you won’t have to share the Skyliner with other parties as they are currently loading one group per gondola. The second reason to stay at a Skyliner hotel is reliable transportation! The Skyliner has been much more reliable, and quicker than Disney buses.
BONUS: If Disney opens Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure over spring break you will be able to take the Skyliner to the International Gateway at EPCOT and head right to the ride in the France Pavilion!
Visit EPCOT on a Weekday
There is almost always a festival going on at EPCOT. If you’re traveling over spring break you’ll be there during The International Flower and Garden Festival which started March 3rd. EPCOT festivals are amazing and have so many perks that you don’t want to totally skip it, but the festival draws major crowds over the weekends. If you can manage it, visit EPCOT on a Monday-Thursday.
Right now, it is more important than ever to rope drop the parks. Disney is in a transition period from Extra Magic Hours to Early Theme Park Entry. The most recent data shows that it is best to get to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios an hour before the posted opening time. For EPCOT you can cut it a little closer and arrive 30 minutes before the posted open time. With the absence of the Fastpass+ program, rope dropping will allow you to get on as many rides with the shortest possible waits.
Disney Springs Day
If you have time on your trip, we recommend planning a full day to visit Disney Springs! There are so many new things opening in Disney Springs, you could easily spend a full day there. The must-have thing in Disney Springs right now is a cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse. The Gideon’s virtual queue may require 3-4 hours of your time or more. We suggest heading to Disney Springs and getting in the Gideon’s virtual queue first thing. While you wait for your Gideon’s, have a meal, shop, and explore the rest of Disney Springs! Make sure you make a dining reservation!
Skip Galaxy’s Edge
Okay, we know this is a hot take but hear us out! Unless you are a major Star Wars fan we suggest skipping Galaxy’s Edge. Right now, the land-only has 2 rides and most other attractions in the land are unavailable or reservation only. We suggest skipping Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run because of our earlier “Be Safe” recommendation. You are no longer able to get a ride vehicle for your party only. This means you could find yourself in an enclosed space with strangers in pretty close contact. As for Rise of the Resistance, a lot of people (and we mean a lot) don’t even get a boarding group. If you are lucky enough to score a boarding group, then you have to spend the rest of your day planning around your boarding time. We suggest sleeping in, saving the stress, and skipping the land altogether. From the language to the Coke bottles and every detail in between, Disney worked extremely hard to make Galaxy’s Edge its own world free from outside influence. It’s honestly not the same with “stand here” markers and plexiglass dividers.
Do you have plans to visit WDW over spring break? Let us know in the comments below!