Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Orange. Enjoy the ride as we share our top 5 tips for visiting the Disney Parks during Spring Break.
Visiting Disneyland during spring break can take a lot of energy out of your family because the park will be very crowded. These are my top 5 tips for visiting Disneyland during spring break. It can be a fun trip if you just understand that it will be crowded but there are things you can do to make it still a magical trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.
#1 – Arrive at the park early
Arrive at the park early or take advantage of Magic Morning Early Admission. With the Magic Morning Early Admission you can enter the park up to 1-hour prior to the general public and enjoy select attractions, stores and entertainment. To take advantage of this perk you need to have at least a 3 day (or more) passport. The Magic Mornings are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and rotate between the parks. For example, on Tuesday Disneyland will be open early but on Thursday Disney’s California Adventure will be open early.
If you don’t have a 3 day passport you can still arrive at the park early to make it through the Security Checkpoint and are in line for when the gates open. If the park opens at 9:00 am, plan to be at the gate and ready to enter by 8:30 am as most times they do a soft opening and may let you in early.
#2 – Get a Fast Pass for Radiator Springs Racers
On a packed day at the park you can expect the wait for Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land to be at least an hour and half if not more. After you enter the park take all of your families tickets and send them to wait in line at Radiator Springs. Then you head to the Fast Pass kiosk near the entrance to “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” and before you enter Cars Land. Grab Fast Pass tickets for your family and then meet them in line at Radiator Springs. You now have your tickets to ride Radiator Springs Racers again for later in the day.
#3 – Single Rider Lines
Many rides offer a single rider line. This technique can be helpful for the times when only two people in your group want to ride a specific ride but don’t want to wait in line for hours. You shouldn’t do this if you have more than 2 in your party because you will more than likely be split up, unless that is ok with you. I suggest trying it at least once to see if it works for your family dynamics.
Not all rides have a single rider line, but for the ones that do, this technique can be a great way to reduce the amount of time you wait in line. I wouldn’t do this with a child younger than 12 as some rides do have rules where children can’t ride alone under a certain age. The one ride this does work out well on is Radiator Springs Racers. Since the car holds 6 people the likely hood of you and the other member of your family riding together is high. If it works out that you do get separated just wait for them at the exit.
#4 – If you have little ones, get to Fantasyland first
There are no fast passes available for rides in Fantasyland. Since most of these rides hold only a few people per ride car these lines can be insane and I mean INSANE during spring break. The night before you go to the park decide which Fantasyland ride your kiddo wants to ride on first and make that your priority. I highly suggest getting in line for Dumbo first because it is an epic ride and most kids want to fly with an elephant.
#5 – See a show or do an indoor activity mid-day
My roller coasting loving daughter rolls her eyes when I suggest we take a break and watch a show. However, this can be a great time to re-energize your troops. These types of shows let many people in at once so the lines and the wait times are not as bad as other attractions. There are many shows that you can watch that are indoors and allow you to cool off and take a break. Here are a few to choose from:
Mickey and the Magical Map
Enchanted Tiki Room
The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
Disney’s California Adventure
The Animation Building
Muppet Vision 3D
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Disney Junior Live on Stage!
Disney’s Aladdin -A Musical Spectacular
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