If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World in the spring time you’re in for a special vacation! Spring is one of my favorite times to make Disney World plans. Weather is pretty, the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is in full-swing and there are special Easter activities inside and outside the parks. While crowds during spring break season can be heavier, my fellow Disney bloggers and I are sharing some tips for maximizing your time and having a magical vacation at Disney World in spring!
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What is the Best Part of Visiting Disney World in the Spring?
There are many reasons why you’d want to visit Disney World in the spring! Weather is generally very cooperative with lower humidity and less rain than summer. The parks are full of colorful floral arrangements, perfect for photo taking. Naturally there are also school breaks during the spring as well, so kids don’t miss any school (though the crowds are heavier during this time as a result).
For Lisa & James Cameron of Adventures in Familyhood there is one major reason to visit Disney World in the spring:
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the number one reason to visit Walt Disney World in the spring. From the perfectly trimmed topiaries to the blossoming landscapes to the fresh Outdoor Kitchens, it’s a festival that is not to be missed.
I have to agree that the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is a springtime highlight! There are plenty of fun activities for the family through the entire spring season both inside and outside of the parks. Keep reading for all the tips about visiting Disney World in the spring.
Best Tips for Dealing with Disney Spring Break Crowds
My first tip is to plan on arriving at the parks very early to take advantage of lighter morning crowds. You can accomplish a lot in the first two hours when everyone else is still in bed! Another option (and this works best for my West Coast family) is to get a later start and then stay until the park closes.
Didi at Post 50 RX shares this tip about dining during the busy spring break season:
The Quick Service lines at Spring Break time are consistently the longest I’ve ever experienced. (Worse than Christmas holiday time!) Schedule dining reservations at least once a day; your family will appreciate a seat and a sane meal.
What Should You Pack for Disney During the Spring?
Fortunately it rains a lot less in spring time than it does in the summer. However that doesn’t mean you should leave your rain poncho at home!
Mike Ellis of My Dreams of Disney says this about packing:
Look closely at the (Orlando) weather prior to leaving home, and plan accordingly. I always pack sunscreen and ponchos, and the type of jacket and clothing I choose depends on what the weather temperatures are going to be.
Didi Marie says this about what to bring:
During the spring, Orlando can get quite hot during the day, but temperatures can drop when the sun goes down. Be sure to pack a light sweater/sweatshirt for the trip. And DO NOT forget the suntan lotion! The UV index is highest in spring and summer, and skin that has been covered all winter is particularly vulnerable to burning.
I will add that you should not forget to pack your bug spray! You’ll regret not giving yourself & the kids a spray before leaving the room.
Best Tips for Epcot Flower and Garden
My first time at Epcot was during the Flower & Garden Festival. It was a challenge to fit in both the regular theme park attractions as well as Flower & Garden events. It takes a little prep time but there are ways you can experience both: Arrive early & plan to stay late. Definitely plan ahead on what you want to see, do and eat during your visit. Then you should be able to work strategically around the park so you minimize walking time.
Lisa & James have this to say about taking kids to Epcot in spring:
When experiencing the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival with kids, be sure to take advantage of the outdoor play areas. The festival is a great time to expose kids to new foods by getting smaller plates from the outdoor kitchens.
Didi has this tip about Epcot dining:
I advise first-timers to do their homework- especially with the many Outdoor Kitchens. Review the menus and plot your “course.” If you’ve expended your budget and filled up at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico, only to find that Japan’s Hanami is offering your favorite Frushi!
What Are the Tips for Visiting Disney With Kids in Spring?
Part of the fun of Disney travel is spending time outside of the parks. Fortunately there are TONS of things to do with kids at Disney World, even without a park ticket. My kids and I always schedule at least one non-park day for resort exploration, swimming, playing and dining.
Jennifer offers these kid-friendly Epcot tips for kids:
There are always plenty of fun things for kids to do at Epcot! Find the free “passport” that is unique to the festival, earn a special prize with a scavenger hunt around the world showcase (for a small fee), and don’t forget to check out the Kidcot stations in every World Showcase pavilion!
Mike shares this advice:
Remember, what may be exciting for you may not be exciting for them, especially if they are younger children. Be flexible, and remember, it’s everyone’s vacation!
Didi has this advice kids will love:
Kids adore scavenger hunts, especially in the parks. Enter Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. This honey bee hunt will not only keep your family entertained for hours, it’s a learning activity for all! Explore the relationship between the plants found in each country, and the impact they have on it’s food, culture, etc. Well-worth the (cost)!
Can You Celebrate Easter at Disney?
During my Disney World in the spring vacations we made a point to visit some of the resort hotels to see the chocolate Easter egg displays. This is a contest of sorts between Disney World chefs and each of these eggs is intricately detailed and absolutely amazing.
Didi talks more about this free Easter activity outside the parks:
If you do nothing else Easter-centric at Walt Disney World, you MUST hop over to the Chocolate Easter Egg display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! Each egg (AKA work of art) is hand-crafted and most are themed for Disney movies. If the smell of all that chocolate gets you hungry, stop in at my favorite Walt Disney World brunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe!
Resort-hopping on the Monorail to see the different egg displays is a great way to spend a non-park day with kids.
Lisa & James share Easter activities:
If you’re at Walt Disney World for Easter, you can meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny at the Magic Kingdom, search for eggs at Epcot, and have a great family brunch at a number of restaurants. It’s also a great reason to get dressed in your Sunday best for a day out in the parks.
Even if you can’t make it to Sunday service, Mike shares:
Give Glory to God, and even if you don’t make it to a church service, remember that God’s Creation is everywhere, and remember Him in the way you act towards your fellow Disney park goers!