Bambi Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Jan 6, 2020
    Lori Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. We are planning a trip with four kids ages 5-13. Which is better in terms of crowds/weather, March 22-28 (which seems a low spring break week) or April 12-18 (arriving Easter but not park day). Also, should I go for 2 BR suite or 2 adjoining rooms?

    Hi Lori! Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Springtime at Walt Disney World is a wonderful time of year. The weather is gorgeous, a nice spring breeze is in the air, and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom. In addition, this spring there is something extra special happening. On March 4, 2020, Disney's Hollywood Studios will debut a brand new attraction featuring Mickey Mouse - Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway! I can see that you are trying to make some important decisions about your spring adventure, and I will see what I can do to help.

    First let's talk about the weeks you are thinking of traveling. Both weeks have the potential for excellent theme park and swimming pool weather. The average high temperature in Orlando in March is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and in April it's 84. Both months see similar (low!) amounts of rainfall. In terms of weather, I think it's even.

    As far as crowds go, both weeks will be relatively busy considering most school systems with spring breaks tend to schedule them in March or April, but you may experience slightly higher crowds during the week immediately following Easter. That's not to say you can't have an amazing vacation that week. My husband and I are teachers and frequently travel during spring break. As long as you have a good plan and take advantage of FastPass+, you can avoid long lines. If you are staying at resort eligible for Extra Magic Hours, I highly suggest taking advantage of those as well.

    One more thing to consider aside from crowds and weather is theme park admission. I put your dates into Disney's dated-based ticket calendar and noticed that a 5 day standard theme park ticket would be about $30 less per person the week of March 22 than it would be the week of April 12. Speaking of tickets, have you heard about the 4-Park Magic Ticket? It's a pretty awesome deal.

    Finally, your room decision. I have been in this situation before - on an extended family trip not too long ago we were deciding between reserving two rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort or staying in a two bedroom villa at Disney's Old Key West Resort. Ultimately we went with the two bedroom villa for two reasons. First, adjoining rooms are usually not a guarantee, and we wanted to know for sure that we would be together. We also valued the amenities that a two bedroom villa offered us: in-room laundry, a living room, and a full kitchen.

    You have an important decision to make, Lori, but whichever one you make will land you in Walt Disney World for a fantastic family vacation. Hakuna Matata!


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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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