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Spring Break 2023: How to Have a Magical Time in Disney

As we prepare to turn the calendar to March, we are looking at spring break season arriving at Walt Disney World. With spring break, this means crowds, sunshine, and lot of magic will be coming to Walt Disney World.

We have a few tips and tricks to share to help you have a wonderful time during your spring break trip. Anything from packing suggestions to how to visit the Parks, these suggestions will help you have a magical time in Walt Disney World.

My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience

Our first tip for heading into spring break at Walt Disney World is to download My Disney Experirence. This is Disney’s official app and what you will use throughout your stay. You should download and use the app before heading down to Walt DIsney World.

There is a lot of helpful information on the app, such as wait times, mobile ordering, bathroom locations, and Genie+. You might be frustrated if you don’t review the app before arriving at Walt Disney World.

We have a handful of posts at How to Disney to help you navigate the app. Use those to get started before you head down.

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Prepare for Weather

When we think of Walt Disney World spring break, most believe sunshine and warm weather. Although this is typically what you will find, preparing for other situations is always good.

When packing for Disney, make sure you prepare for weather. Start by having rain gear. Rain storms pop up suddenly in Walt Disney World. Having a poncho or umbrella can make a huge difference.

Also, if you aren’t used to the heat and sunshine, ensure you are prepared for them. Have lots of sunscree, hats, fans, and even cooling towels if needed. These can be extremely helpful for keeping your body cool as the temperatures rise.

Being prepared ahead of time for the weather can make a huge different for your trip.

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Make a Plan

Because you will see larger crowds during spring break at Walt Disney World, it is essential to have a plan before you arrive. Ensure you have made those Park Pass Reservations to have both a valid Theme Park ticket and a Park Pass to a specific Park. These are free, but you must have them booked before arriving.

Once you know which Disney Parks you will visit, have an overall action plan. Know what your must-do activities are for each day. This can set your plan in motion and save time trying to determine your next steps. Have everyone talk about their top must-dos while in Disney. This can help you ensure you have the most critical rides, shows, and snacks on the list, so you don’t miss anything.

Walking into a Disney Park during spring break will be extremely important.

Pandora at Night
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Arrive Early/Stay Late

Consider the importance of arriving early or staying late at the Disney Parks when planning. These times of day will see the shorter wait times due to smaller crowds. If you are staying at a Walt DIsney World Resort hotel, remember that you can take advantage of early entry every day.

Early entry allows Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels to access all four Disney Parks thirty minutes before opening. This is a great way to get into the Park, hit a ride or two, and move on before regular Park Guests are able to enter.

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort, consider staying at EPCOT or Magic Kingdom for Extended Evening Hours. This allows you to enjoy these two Parks on specific evenigns for additional time after the Park closes. If you have a group that can stay up late, this is a fantastic way to enjoy the Parks with low crowds.

Ol' Man Island Pool & Doubloon Lagoon
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Take a Pool Day

For many of us the best part of a Walt Disney World vacation for spring break is that it is sunny and warm. Enjoy this warm weather by enjoying some time at your Disney Resort.

Schedule in some time at the pool during your trip. Take a midday break for some swimming or even a whole day to enjoy the pool while on vacation. Disney Resorts are part of what make the magic so special. Don’t constantly rush to the Parks, so you  miss out of them.

Having a pool day is also a nice break from the crowds. Leaving for an afternoon break allows you to avoid the Park when they are the busiest.

A pool day is a must during a spring break trip.

disney genie
disney genie


Genie+ is a touchy subject; some would like to pay more for this feature. The reality is, Genie+ is a great way to bypass the long standby lines that will arrive at Walt Disney World during spring break.

If you prefer to skip some of these longer lines, look into Genie+. We have a lot of tips and tricks for Genie+ on How to Disney. We also break down when we think it is worth the additional cost and when we think you can skip it.  

Research to learn about this feature and then consider using it during your trip to avoid some of the larger crowds.

Disney Nighttime Spectaculars
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Special Experiences

Finally, consider trying some of Disney’s extraordinary experiences during your spring break trip. Disney has brough back After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. These special ticketed events allow you to enjoy the Parks late into the night with low crowds.

For those that are going to prioritze evening shows such as Fantasmic or the firework show at Magic Kingdom, consider booking a dining package or a dessert party. These allow you to enjoy food and have a reserve spot at the show.

There are a lot of special events that can add some additional magic. Consider looking into some of those to add some extra fun.

Those are some of our top tips as we head into spring break. Use these to have a wonderful time at Walt Disney World.




Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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