If you’re visiting Walt Disney World this spring, anytime between March and May of 2020, get ready for more crowds, more events and some tips to help you make the most of your vacation.
Springtime travel to sunny Florida means better weather but also that you’re competing for the best of the best with spring breakers, school groups, international travel groups, runDisney athletes and other families heading south for vacation. Here’s our best tips on managing the crowds, scoring fast passes, booking dining and making sure you’re close to the action.
Managing Disney Spring Crowds
Crowds will be moderate to high throughout the spring due to Mardi Gras, Spring Break, Easter, and school championships. Add in busy evenings and weekends at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival Mar 4- Jun 1 and the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend April 16-19 too. With so much going on it’s good to remember these top tips.
- Arrive at the parks early. Many vacationers arrive between 10-11am and security lines will take extra time. Being at the parks before opening gets you closer to rides, shows and coffee.
- Book an early breakfast. You can book some restaurants inside the parks as early as 8am, guaranteeing you’ll be in the park when the rope drops.
Book Dining Reservations Early
As crowds increase, dining reservations become harder to get. You can book dining reservations up to 180 days in advance, grab food at the counter service restaurants, or head to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s outdoor kitchens. Whatever dining experiences you choose, remember you can also Mobile Order from the Disney My Experience app on your phone. This is the best way to skip the lines at select restaurants.
Best Disney Resort Choice For Busy Times
Booking early for a spring vacation is key to getting the best prices. However, in lieu of the best price, your second priority will be access to transportation and events. Know that value and even sometimes moderate resorts at Disney will be filled with school groups and championship families in the Spring. We’d recommend any of the Disney Boardwalk Resorts, like the Swan and Dolphin, The Boardwalk Inn or Beach Club, or a monorail resort like The Polynesian. A better resort location will keep you and your family close to the action instead of standing in lines at the bus depot.
Book Fastpasses As Soon As You Can
If you’re staying on Disney property you can book your fast passes 60 days before your vacation. If you’re staying off-property you can book fast passes 30 days before your vacation. We highly recommend booking fast passes as soon as you are able. Rides during the spring months can have waits up to 240 minutes. Here are the top fast passes to try for by park.
- Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Flight of Peter Pan.
- Hollywood Studios: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway or Slinky Dog Dash, Star Tours.
- Epcot: Soarin, Frozen Ever After.
- Animal Kingdom: Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest.
And check out our Fast Pass Strategy Guide for more tips.
Spring at Disney Event Tips
Heading to Walt Disney World this spring means getting first look at everything new for 2020 spring-only shows and access to all the Easter happenings in you’re traveling in April, Here’s our tips for the main events.
Easter at Walt Disney World happens April 5-21. In addition to grabbing the Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt game at Epcot, you can also tour the resorts for larger than life Easter Egg displays. If visiting during this time, choose a Saturday or Sunday for a resort tour, this will help keep you out of busy parks. Check out tips for Easter at Walt Disney World.
Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is Mar 4 – Jun 1: If you missed a dining reservation you can easily eat your way around the World Showcase at this festival and skip the more formal dining. Portions are sized well, and with 15 kitchens, there is plenty of variety. Read all things Flower and Garden.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens March 4, 2020 at Hollywood Studios! Read all about this new ride here.
The world renowned team at Cirque du Soleil has joined forces with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering to bring a brand new show to Disney Springs . Drawn to Life opens on April 17, 2020. Previews start March 20th.
The Disney Conservation Fund celebrates 25 years as Earth Day celebrates its 50th. Animal Kingdom has all sorts of happenings in honor of Earth. Read all things Animal Kingdom.
Spring at Walt Disney World truly is packed with tons of things to do. Being able to navigate fast pass and dining reservations, transportation, crowds and a full event lineup can help make your vacation more magical. Hopefully these tips can help you feel ready to have the best vacation at Walt Disney World this spring.