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  • On Oct 7, 2013
    Jeremy from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I are making our way at the end of March, 2014. I know that is around the start of Spring Break, according to Disney. We are looking at March 27-31. I have looked online and it looks to be moderate to rather busy. Will that be a factor?

    Hi, Jeremy!

    Not to worry. I travel to Walt Disney World during peak seasons frequently (I'm a teacher, so that's when we have days of) and can honestly say that there are lots of ways to navigate the parks even when they are crowded.

    Even better, however, is that you WON'T be traveling to WDW during one of those peak seasons. Yes, attendance will be higher due to Spring Break season, but none of the parks are predicted to be near capacity during your stay. That's great news.

    I like to check out, an unofficial crowd-predicting website, when estimating crowd levels during an upcoming trip to WDW. According to touringplans, the average crowd level of all of the parks during the last two weeks of March, 2014, is 6-7 out of 10; that's very easy to navigate.

    Tips to avoid crowds, in general, can help save you time no matter when you visit, Jeremy. First, arrive at each park before park open, using Extra Magic Hours if you are staying in a WDW Resort hotel. Head to the back of the park and visit attractions there well before other Guests have made their way there. Use Disney FASTPASS Service (or FastPass+ if available) to help cut down on time spent in lines and plan to eat at Quick Service restaurants early each day. (You'll be in line before others realize that they're hungry and there will more seating available, too.) We bring our own ice water into the parks so that we never wait in line because we're thirsty, and keep small snacks on hand to help hold us over between meals.

    While park hopping is very convenient, try to keep that to a minimum, as the time you spend in transportation could instead be spent enjoying one more attraction. If booking Table Service reservations, make them in the same park (or nearby resort) that you'll be visiting that day. This, too, will save you time.

    Send more questions as you think of them, Jeremy; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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