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robin19871
08-09-2011, 09:10 AM
For those that have been there in the past for the week leading up to Easter, How bad is it really? Normally my sons Spring Break falls 2 weeks before/after Easter so we have been lucky with lower crowds. This year we will be there the 6 days leading up to Easter..We are huge rope drop believers and also follow a strict touring plan. Will this still help during Easter week? Thanks for any info.

stargazertechie
08-09-2011, 09:18 AM
Here's how the hirearchy of holidays tends to work at Disney

#1: The week between Christmas and New Years
#2: Thanksgiving weekend (Tuesday-Tuesday before/after)
#3: The week leading up to Christmas
#4: Traditional Spring Break (the one where it leads up to Easter Sunday)
#5: Columbus Day Weekend/Fall break
#6: Jersey Week
#7: All other holidays (especially if they traditionally give time off of school and work)


So it'll be less crowded than the winter holidays, but more crowded than a long weekend.

As long as you're there for Rope Drop and you know your stuff (which it sounds like you do) you'll be fine!

Alesia
08-09-2011, 09:20 AM
It will definitely help, but it will still be very, very crowded. Not quite as bad as Christmas week. but pretty close.

ccgirl
08-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Sorry to hijack....is the week after Easter any better?

angierae
08-09-2011, 09:23 AM
We're going that week, too. So far the crowd predictions are all over the map, but we're pretty set to just hit rope drop, do the headliners, have some nice meals, and consider anything else gravy.

A crowded week at Disney is better than a week at work. ;)

Alesia
08-09-2011, 09:30 AM
Sorry to hijack....is the week after Easter any better?

Maybe slightly, but not by much.

kjs1976
08-09-2011, 09:44 AM
If you follow the best park days on a site like touringplans.com or tourguidemike.com, then you should't have anything to worry about. I never do WDW without touring plans now. They have made Easter and 4th of July a piece of cake in the past

Disneyfreak616
08-09-2011, 09:53 AM
I'm glad somebody posted this! In the future my family would like to go during spring break, because that and the summer seem to be the only time we really can for the next couple of years. Thanks! :goodvibes

robin19871
08-09-2011, 10:38 AM
If you follow the best park days on a site like touringplans.com or tourguidemike.com, then you should't have anything to worry about. I never do WDW without touring plans now. They have made Easter and 4th of July a piece of cake in the past

I am glad that your touring plans have made a difference on Easter..I am the biggest planner and plan best park days, rope drop and a touring plan ...Sounds like I should have little to worry about..:thumbsup2

LaurenT
08-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Being at RD will get you a couple of hassle free hours. If you want an idea of what it will be like after that, find 4 friends and all go into your powder bath together - then try to move to the other side of the room....

TwistGrl101
10-05-2011, 01:05 PM
Should it be assumed there will be no deals the week after Easter? (i.e., percent off, free dining,e tc.)

need2travel
10-05-2011, 02:37 PM
Just get to the parks when they open & hit the big stuff then do the "lesser" attactions later on. In the afternoon when it gets crowded go back to your resort & swin or nap. Have some great meals for dinner & just revel in being at Disney instead of at work:) We've done 2 Easter weeks already & this year will be our 3rd-so excited!!!

kaligal
10-05-2011, 03:00 PM
I don't know how crowded it is. I've never been brave enough to go on actual holidays.

If you go, please report back and post pics of the crowds!!!

richmo
10-05-2011, 03:25 PM
Here's how the hirearchy of holidays tends to work at Disney

#1: The week between Christmas and New Years
#2: Thanksgiving weekend (Tuesday-Tuesday before/after)
#3: The week leading up to Christmas
#4: Traditional Spring Break (the one where it leads up to Easter Sunday)
#5: Columbus Day Weekend/Fall break
#6: Jersey Week
#7: All other holidays (especially if they traditionally give time off of school and work)


I don't know if this list is correct, but if it is, there's a huge gap between #4 and #5. The week leading to Easter can be quite to very crowded; the week after Easter is still busy, especially the early part of the week.

The one break you do get with Easter 2012 is that Easter is in April, so most of the college spring breaks should be over with.

But I've found pre/post Easter week to be much more intense than Columbus Day, and quite a bit busier than Presidents weekend in February. It probably rivals and perhaps beats mid-summer crowds...but, as others have posted, if you're smart about using your FPs and try to hit the least crowded park, you should do fine.

Mrs K
10-05-2011, 07:45 PM
I love WDW so much that I would go anytime, but Easter week was aweful! Things got better by the Tuesday after Easter, but the long weekend was so crowded. It wasn't our first visit and we stayed at the Poly. Transportation was packed and I think MK closed one day due to capacity crowds. If it's your first trip, or your kids are little, I would try for another week. Sorry to sound like Debbie Downer, but it's such an expensive vacation, you should be able to enjoy the magic.

phnguyk
10-05-2011, 09:43 PM
If I hadn't been to Disney several times before our Easter trip I would of been disappointed. It was crazy mid day! You can only expect to get anything accomplished either really early or really late. All in between we gave up trying. we decided to hang by the pool mid day and then go back to parks late. It worked but we ended up having some late nights and cranky kids at times. I understand this is the only time some people can go, but I don't think I'll be going back during any holiday week.

ChattaAlley
10-06-2011, 05:37 AM
We went last year the week after Easter and it was GREAT!! But getting there early really is the ticket.

Mrs K
10-06-2011, 09:42 AM
We went last year the week after Easter and it was GREAT!! But getting there early really is the ticket.

The week after Easter was great, it was the week before that was horrible. By the Tuesday after, it was like the place cleared out.

mom22boys
10-06-2011, 10:07 PM
We will be arriving the Saturday before Easter, April 7 and leaving the Saturday after Easter, April 14. I hope we will be okay. I am thinking about not going to the parks on Easter Sunday. OP, what are your plans for Easter Sunday?

need2travel
10-31-2011, 11:24 AM
We'll be there Fri 4/6-Thurs 4/12, also thinking of skipping the parks on Easter Sunday-maybe golf for my husband & the pool for me then dinner @ Yachtsman (staying at BWI) since Easter will probably be the craziest day of the week. Hopefully it'll be less crowded at the week goes on but hey, It's Disney so it's all good!!!:goodvibes

ZoZo
10-31-2011, 12:01 PM
Here's how the hirearchy of holidays tends to work at Disney

#1: The week between Christmas and New Years
#2: Thanksgiving weekend (Tuesday-Tuesday before/after)
#3: The week leading up to Christmas
#4: Traditional Spring Break (the one where it leads up to Easter Sunday)
#5: Columbus Day Weekend/Fall break
#6: Jersey Week
#7: All other holidays (especially if they traditionally give time off of school and work)



Actually, I've been at WDW a couple of times during the Columbus Day holiday, and haven't noticed a sizeable difference in the crowds between that timeframe and the rest of October.

Also, in my experience, not all schools take a "fall break" (especially those that start school later in the fall -- we don't start school until the day after Labor Day; hence, no need for "fall break.") So this wouldn't have as big of an impact on crowds, since many schools don't participate.

KBoopaloo
10-31-2011, 12:27 PM
We were there the week before Easter this year (we actually arrived the Thursday night the week before the weekend before Easter and flew home the Wednesday before Easter). The crowds got crazier and crazier as the trip wore on. However, no matter how hard I tried I could not get our group of 15 out of the resort and at the park for Rope Drop. Had we done this, I think it would have been MUCH more manageable. Even without getting their super early, we were still able to fit in all the major rides except Test Track and Space Mountain using FPs.

I will say that I have been there just after Thanksgiving (Friday after Thanksgiving to the following Wednesday) and found those crowds much more manageable than the week before Easter crowds we saw this year.

Elmo9607
10-31-2011, 02:06 PM
I was there this year from January-May, and the impression I got was March was just crazy with Spring Breakers, especially after the first and second week. April was a breeze. Easter was nothing compared to March. Yes, it was busy, but it was quick. The week after Easter was back to normal. The week leading up to Easter was busy.

Overall, not a bad time of year to go. Christmas is FAR worse than Easter in terms of business.

Travelingdad
01-04-2012, 08:47 PM
Family of 5, kids all under 10, went our first time July 4th week this past year. A lot of warnings about being too crowded but we found it was very manageable. Doing the magic hours, rope drops and using fast pass made things run smoothly. The only issue was the night of July 4th after the fireworks at MK and better crowd control from WDW would have eleviated that.

We are going this year from 4/1 - 4/9 so am also curious about crowds. Based on last trip I think it all comes down to luck, your personal tolerance and your groups level of patience. Either way we'll have fun.

The bad part is we are setting the precedent of our trips being during a holiday for the kids. A Christmas visit may be in our future.

Cannot_Wait_4Disney
01-05-2012, 12:28 AM
For those that have been there in the past for the week leading up to Easter, How bad is it really? Normally my sons Spring Break falls 2 weeks before/after Easter so we have been lucky with lower crowds. This year we will be there the 6 days leading up to Easter..We are huge rope drop believers and also follow a strict touring plan. Will this still help during Easter week? Thanks for any info.

When Easter is late, it's not nearly as bad as when Easter comes early and all the spring breaks are happening too.

NutDisney
01-05-2012, 01:28 AM
Was there last year, the days leading up to Easter. At the MK the crowds don't get bad until 10:30am I would suggest upgrading to Deluxe Dining like we did. We would go to the park at rope drop and basically did everything we wanted (as far as rides) by 10:30am... then do a nice sit down lunch around 11 to 12... after that we would be rested up enough to fight the crowds for another three or four rides before taking a rest at the resort. Around 5 or 6 we would go pack to fight the crowds for another couple rides... then have another sit down meal around 8 to 9... after that we would be rested up for the rest of the night at the park (which by this time the crowds were much smaller). Anytime I go when it's busy I get deluxe dining. We tend to skip the breakfast and do meals that take two tickets plus it gives us enough for our last day.

LaurenT
01-05-2012, 06:11 AM
We'll be there from April 7th to the 14th....in parks from the 8th to the 13th.
On Easter Sunday we'll go to Animal Kingdom. 8 am Tusker breakfast, rides, trails, followed by 12:15 Wild Africa Trek. Take things slow in the afternoon and hit Boma for a 7:30 dinner. I'm pretty sure it will work out great!
I picked Epcot for the 9th
Magic Kingdom for the 10th and 11th (hoping they'll move up the opening so we can beat the EMH guests....we're offsite)
DHS on the 12th
Back to Epcot on the 13th.
It will be the busiest week I've gone so far, but I think I'm ready for it! And I have gone out of my way to scare my friends so they will be expecting the crowds!!

ryley26
01-05-2012, 06:53 AM
I'll be there the week after Easter chaperoning 270 high school band kids. It always good when your in Disney. If you stay for the parade at MK Thursday night my kids band will be marching.

blessedby3
01-05-2012, 07:37 AM
We were there the week before Easter this year (we actually arrived the Thursday night the week before the weekend before Easter and flew home the Wednesday before Easter). The crowds got crazier and crazier as the trip wore on. However, no matter how hard I tried I could not get our group of 15 out of the resort and at the park for Rope Drop. Had we done this, I think it would have been MUCH more manageable. Even without getting their super early, we were still able to fit in all the major rides except Test Track and Space Mountain using FPs.

I will say that I have been there just after Thanksgiving (Friday after Thanksgiving to the following Wednesday) and found those crowds much more manageable than the week before Easter crowds we saw this year.

The week before and the week after Easter will be crazy busy. I have seen closings like we just saw during the Christmas weeks during the Easter week. I agree that about the after Thanksgiving time. We went in 2005 and arrived the day after Thanksgiving. Didnt go into the parks until Sun, and the crowds were nonexhistant by Monday. It was the best week we have EVER gone:cool1:

jpolak
01-05-2012, 07:52 AM
We went once during the week leading up to Easter adn it was insane. Some of the parks did close because they were full. The weather was nice though.

ccgirl
01-05-2012, 08:04 AM
Actually, I've been at WDW a couple of times during the Columbus Day holiday, and haven't noticed a sizeable difference in the crowds between that timeframe and the rest of October.

Also, in my experience, not all schools take a "fall break" (especially those that start school later in the fall -- we don't start school until the day after Labor Day; hence, no need for "fall break.") So this wouldn't have as big of an impact on crowds, since many schools don't participate.

We usually go Columbus Day weekend as well. We have found it to be increasingly busy. Especially Epcot for the F&W festival. May is now our favorite time to go.

When Easter is late, it's not nearly as bad as when Easter comes early and all the spring breaks are happening too.

Here in the Northeast, our Spring Break is always the third week of April. When it coincides with Easter, I have found it to be pretty darn crowded. I think March and April, in general, have the potential to be very crowded due to vacations.

MomofKatie
01-05-2012, 09:04 AM
Should it be assumed there will be no deals the week after Easter? (i.e., percent off, free dining,e tc.)

The week up to Easter and the week after Easter are the 2nd most expensive weeks to visit all year (the first being Christmas week). Expect to pay MORE for resorts, buffets, and even some recreation. Since it is so busy those weeks, they can fill the resort just fine without having to offer discounts.

BLLB
01-05-2012, 09:15 AM
For those that have been there in the past for the week leading up to Easter, How bad is it really? Normally my sons Spring Break falls 2 weeks before/after Easter so we have been lucky with lower crowds. This year we will be there the 6 days leading up to Easter..We are huge rope drop believers and also follow a strict touring plan. Will this still help during Easter week? Thanks for any info.

We go this week nearly every year. If you get to the park at rope drop and follow a touring plan you will be fine. We always leave for an afternoon break as well. Yes, it gets crowded but that is when we leave for a little bit.

danielephant
01-05-2012, 09:24 AM
My parents took us that week for a one day trip to MK and it was wall to wall - i think we rode 6 things and watched the fireworks and parade and my dad swore that day we were never going again! and we didn't! LOL - at least they didn't :P we are trying to get them to make a trip with us sometime now that we have kids and go in the off season cause i think they would enjoy it so much better

mkel34
01-05-2012, 09:27 AM
Here in the Northeast, our Spring Break is always the third week of April. When it coincides with Easter, I have found it to be pretty darn crowded. I think March and April, in general, have the potential to be very crowded due to vacations.

Another reason I would assume it would be busy at this time is people getting tax return money. I'm suprised Easter isn"t # 2 behind Christmas as this is the time to go as the weather is great at this time of year .

KBoopaloo
01-05-2012, 09:43 AM
Here in the Northeast, our Spring Break is always the third week of April. When it coincides with Easter, I have found it to be pretty darn crowded. I think March and April, in general, have the potential to be very crowded due to vacations.

This was the case in 2011 and the reason why we went that week (we had 3 school aged kids and two teachers in our group who had to go during a school vacation). We are trying to plan another large family trip for April vacation in the future and I am hoping everyone opts for the year when Easter is NOT near April vacation!

66Tink
01-05-2012, 10:20 AM
Should it be assumed there will be no deals the week after Easter? (i.e., percent off, free dining,e tc.)

We are going the week after Easter 4/20-4/24 and we received the 25% off GP discount for AKV....I believe you have until the end of February to book with the room only code. If you go to the special offers page on the Disneyworld web site, it will give you all of the info. Still hoping for a 40% pin like last year, but 25% is better than nothing :goodvibes

Bettie
01-10-2012, 12:33 AM
I had read on several occasions that the week before Easter IS the 2nd most crowded, so that list is surprising if correct.

We went that week last year and went to rope drop, had a touring plan, and used FP religiously. We had a great time! That said, we are going in January this year! :) (Also, it was nowhere near as bad asthe pics I saw from Christmas week.)

Even beyond the crowds, I felt like the extended hours made it even more exhausting. MK had EMH *every* day at 7am and Wishes was at 10pm every night. It was hard to do the usual things AND get enough sleep due to the stretched days.

mom2aandj
01-10-2012, 07:58 AM
I had read on several occasions that the week before Easter IS the 2nd most crowded, so that list is surprising if correct.



This is my view too---it's easy to tell when THE most crowded days occur: the parks (typically MK) fill to capacity and don't admit anymore people! This almost always happens the week between Christmas and NY, which makes it the #1 most crowded time. And I know that when Easter lines up with certain spring break weeks, the parks have closed due to reaching capacity as well. That makes it #2 IMO. The only other time I'm aware of capacity closings is around the 4th of July. I don't recall reading about capacity closings around Thanksgiving, although it is certainly very crowded then.

nytimez
01-10-2012, 08:09 AM
You couldn't get me to go to WDW the week before OR the week after Easter if you paid me.

Well, maybe if you paid me...

But both weeks are generally crowded to the point where I, personally, don't enjoy it -- and if you're used to low/moderate crowds and don't like bigger crowds, pick another week.

It's not just the long attraction lines. It's the crowds just moving around. It's the incredible amount of time and effort it takes to get even a counter service meal -- and finding a place to sit. It's just miserable, IMO.

Zippa D Doodah
01-10-2012, 10:43 AM
Sorry to hijack....is the week after Easter any better?

Now that our kids are middle and high schoolers it is not so easy to pluck them out of school for a week, so our hands are a bit tied as to when to to go. I dislike the summer heat, rain, and crowds so that is out for me. I know I am not going Christmas week. Spring break for us is the week after Easter. We are waiting until Wednesday 4/11 to arrive, hoping crowds will ease up just a tad. We leave Monday 4/16. I am anticipating steadily dwindling crowds throughout our stay, but that is really just a guess.

FWIW, it was easy to get ADRs at good times for popular places as of last week. I don't make a lot of ADRs but did a couple last week on a whim and had a pretty good selection of places and times.
OTOH I know that MK has morning EMH every day so that means crowds are expected. I would imagine hours would be extended in the evening on some days too.

This being our 15th trip I think we can navigate whatever comes our way.

Should it be assumed there will be no deals the week after Easter? (i.e., percent off, free dining,e tc.)

I booked in December through Southwest vacations, using a Mousesavers discount code. In addition to the $ discount the code provided, SW Vacations was running a deal on park hoppers. I was surprised at how cheap I was able to bundle flight, room, and tix.

momtwoboys
01-10-2012, 10:54 AM
we will be there April 11-20th!!! We were there last year the week leading up to Easter and we had a blast! Hit each park at opening and got on everything! Left after lunch and it was crowded, but not horrible. Weather was beautiful, and park hours were extended. Actually we have been in April 09, April 10, April 11, and we are ready for April 12!!!!! Once our older son hit middle school we switched our annual trip from the first week of May to April vacation and it has been awesome!!!

angierae
01-10-2012, 10:58 AM
You couldn't get me to go to WDW the week before OR the week after Easter if you paid me.

Well, maybe if you paid me...

But both weeks are generally crowded to the point where I, personally, don't enjoy it -- and if you're used to low/moderate crowds and don't like bigger crowds, pick another week.

It's not just the long attraction lines. It's the crowds just moving around. It's the incredible amount of time and effort it takes to get even a counter service meal -- and finding a place to sit. It's just miserable, IMO.

We're going the week before Easter because it was the only opportunity we have. However, we have a plan:

I have a touring plans and a ridemax subscription.

We got in during the small window free dining was extended to arrivals 3/31, and then upgraded to DXDP so we do not have to count on counter service at all.

DD, her friend and I will get up and hit rope drop for the "thrill rides" and fast past collecting, and DH will meet up with us a few hours later (he's not a morning person and doesn't like thrill rides, he's more a show person) but early enough to not worry about gate closings.

We will take breaks in the afternoon for relaxing and hanging out if it gets too crowded for us, and take advantage of night EMH as our energy levels allow.

And we'll just know that we'd rather be in Disney than anywhere else. ;)

vicb
01-10-2012, 11:56 AM
I'll be there the week after Easter chaperoning 270 high school band kids. It always good when your in Disney. If you stay for the parade at MK Thursday night my kids band will be marching.


Sounds like our band will miss yours by a week! We will be there to watch (not chaperone) DS's HS band the week before Easter. They are doing the program at Epcot and marching at MK. Is your 270 band kids all from one school?? :eek: We have a band of around 90 but only 60 are going on the trip. They/we will be there March 31-April 5 so hopefully getting out before the actual Easter weekend crowds arrive.


The week up to Easter and the week after Easter are the 2nd most expensive weeks to visit all year (the first being Christmas week). Expect to pay MORE for resorts, buffets, and even some recreation. Since it is so busy those weeks, they can fill the resort just fine without having to offer discounts.

Agreed. For this reason DH and I booked our first ever non WDW resort stay at the Dolphin. We booked very early and have a decent rate for that week ($250 per night resort view all fees). We still get the emh perk which we wanted that week.


I am a bit worried about how much the band kids will get to do in terms of rides and shows with the crowds and they are staying off site :sad2: However my son has been 5 times and done it all so he is just thrilled to be going with all his band buddies and thinks it will be such a blast... which I hope it will too. We have been talking to him about tips for navigating the crowds in the parks so he can help out the first timers.

annej
01-10-2012, 12:20 PM
No discounts on anything and a surcharge added to TS meals make it very expensive. We have been the week before twice and the week after once. We have decided never again will we go at Easter. Yes it can be done and yes you can have fun but the high prices and the high crowds just don't make it worth it to us. The week after was marginally better than the week before. The weather is beautiful, the parks are open long hours and everything is up and running but we will stick to off peak times from now on. They were great trips simply because we were at Disney. We have gone during march when Spring Breaks are occurring and we would do that again but never ever around Easter Sunday again.

loganpaulsmom
01-10-2012, 12:40 PM
We are going the 17th thru the 24th. In 2008 we went in aapril and it was packed. But, we had extended family with us and it took the waiting in lines a little more bearable ( my son was only 2 at the time and he was great, one breakdown in 7 nights). We were there last year during the week of Mothers Day. I was a beautiful time to go, we found that MK was extremely busy the who,e time we were there( we never made it to 1 rope drop) but we walked from the boardwalk to Epcot the morning of Mothers day and not only waited only 15 minutes to see all the characters but hubby ran off and got soarIN FP's and then we rode test track, by the time we finished that we were able to get FP's for soarIN again.. It was great!! This year, I am not sure if we s going to b touring maniacs, but I want it to be manageable!!

vicb
01-10-2012, 12:46 PM
So what's the deal with TS surcharges? I thought the dining price increases were only at buffets??

cmurray234
01-10-2012, 12:58 PM
Here's how the hirearchy of holidays tends to work at Disney

#1: The week between Christmas and New Years
#2: Thanksgiving weekend (Tuesday-Tuesday before/after)
#3: The week leading up to Christmas
#4: Traditional Spring Break (the one where it leads up to Easter Sunday)
#5: Columbus Day Weekend/Fall break
#6: Jersey Week
#7: All other holidays (especially if they traditionally give time off of school and work)


You forgot President's week. I accidentally booked a stay through the first Saturday into president's week and it was an absolute madhouse. I will never (and I do mean NEVER) do that again. I'd guess that crowd-wise, only Christmas and spring break are more crowded.

bigsis1970
01-10-2012, 01:31 PM
We will be arriving the Saturday before Easter, April 7 and leaving the Saturday after Easter, April 14. I hope we will be okay. I am thinking about not going to the parks on Easter Sunday. OP, what are your plans for Easter Sunday?

We'll be there Fri 4/6-Thurs 4/12, also thinking of skipping the parks on Easter Sunday-maybe golf for my husband & the pool for me then dinner @ Yachtsman (staying at BWI) since Easter will probably be the craziest day of the week. Hopefully it'll be less crowded at the week goes on but hey, It's Disney so it's all good!!!:goodvibes

We'll be there from April 7th to the 14th....in parks from the 8th to the 13th.
On Easter Sunday we'll go to Animal Kingdom. 8 am Tusker breakfast, rides, trails, followed by 12:15 Wild Africa Trek. Take things slow in the afternoon and hit Boma for a 7:30 dinner. I'm pretty sure it will work out great!
I picked Epcot for the 9th
Magic Kingdom for the 10th and 11th (hoping they'll move up the opening so we can beat the EMH guests....we're offsite)
DHS on the 12th
Back to Epcot on the 13th.
It will be the busiest week I've gone so far, but I think I'm ready for it! And I have gone out of my way to scare my friends so they will be expecting the crowds!!

I'll be there the week after Easter chaperoning 270 high school band kids. It always good when your in Disney. If you stay for the parade at MK Thursday night my kids band will be marching.

Hi everyone we are also going 4/7-4/14 my DD is playing softball in the WWoS for the week.. I am solo so have no set plans but was thinking I need some place to dine - I am staying in DTD (which is expensive but not as expensive as it was to stay on site) Wondering where I should eat on Easter evening - maybe Kona or Wolfgang Puck Express

We once went from 4/16 - 4/22 which is our School Break up here in Maine - we stayed off site for that trip and found the parks not too bad - we have also been 4th of July week .. I guess my OCD planning helps .. Haaaa but wouldn't you know there is not really a plan this trip as I am only planning for myself - DD will be too busy with the team - I mean I have a rough draft but I haven't gotten the softball schedule yet so I am stuck..

Zippa D Doodah
01-10-2012, 01:38 PM
So what's the deal with TS surcharges? I thought the dining price increases were only at buffets??

I think that is correct. I booked only one character meal buffet (CP breakfast) and noted there was a money grab (errrr... upcharge). Everything else seems to be the same. The ONLY reason I booked the CP breakfast was that it is DD's 15th birthday surprise.
Fortunately I have accumulated a small fortune in Visa Reward Dollars so that will cover all our meals and then some. I know it's only a matter of accounting but it gives me the illusion of not having paid the high prices with real money. :goodvibes

vicb
01-10-2012, 02:45 PM
I think that is correct. I booked only one character meal buffet (CP breakfast) and noted there was a money grab (errrr... upcharge). Everything else seems to be the same. The ONLY reason I booked the CP breakfast was that it is DD's 15th birthday surprise.
Fortunately I have accumulated a small fortune in Visa Reward Dollars so that will cover all our meals and then some. I know it's only a matter of accounting but it gives me the illusion of not having paid the high prices with real money. :goodvibes


Thanks. That's what I thought too. Have fun at CP it is so pretty in there.

daisyx3
01-10-2012, 03:48 PM
We've been down for Easter 3 times over spring break, not since 2010 but are going back this year from the 3rd to the 10th (Tuesday-Tuesday). We like to do every park at rope drop. On Easter we go to typhoon lagoon and make sure we are early enough to get the spot we like to hang out for hours...then later dinner at a 2TS place (Narcoosee's this year) and maybe an hour or two at MK since they are open late--maybe watch the 11PM light parade.
Just get up out of bed and go at rope drop on at least one day per park. MK opens at 7AM every day that week, which means bus stop at 6:15 if needed, but watching the sun come UP at MK is really cool.
Daisyx3

pxydst
01-10-2012, 05:03 PM
Ok... we have been to Disney about 10 times but never the week before Easter. You all are starting to scare me!!! What and where do we get a touring plan?? We always go for rope drop so that is no problem.. I usually plan where and when we do things but I may be over my head this year!!! We will be there March 30 - April 7. Any help will be appreciated!!! Thanks

starbox
01-10-2012, 05:46 PM
It's all a weird alchemy that nobody can accurately predict.:goodvibes

We are from GA and go every year for our spring break (which is often the week before or after Easter). Since Easter is a moveable feast, it just depends. If Easter falls mid-late March and LOTS of states are out - it will be a madhouse. A very early or late Easter and it will be quieter than the peak spring break weeks. If Georgia and Florida are out the same week - it will be VERY busy.

It just depends on when Easter falls and how that aligns with the majority of schools and their spring breaks. There IS a perfect storm that can create horrific crowds, but more often than that the spring-break crowds are spread out from March-April and no single week gets ridiculously slammed.

KatieCharlotte
01-11-2012, 07:02 AM
I know many families with teachers who can only go during school breaks. If they don't stay in a Disney resort and, therefore, can't get into the parks for early emh, is it worth it to arrive at the regular opening time or should they sleep in and focus on the evening? This applies only to MK, which seems to have morning emh every day during busy weeks. Can they still get into rides like Peter Pan and Pooh without long waits during that first hour after the park opens to non-resort guests?

LaurenT
01-11-2012, 08:05 AM
I know many families with teachers who can only go during school breaks. If they don't stay in a Disney resort and, therefore, can't get into the parks for early emh, is it worth it to arrive at the regular opening time or should they sleep in and focus on the evening? This applies only to MK, which seems to have morning emh every day during busy weeks. Can they still get into rides like Peter Pan and Pooh without long waits during that first hour after the park opens to non-resort guests?

They should still get there for park opening.
I will be off site the week after Easter. Right now, MK is having EMH from 8 to 9.... I will be at the turnstile at 8:30. Many on site guests will attend whatever the EMH park is that day, but a vast majority of them will still not get there till 10 am! Crazy, I know.
So, even when the park has been open for an hour to those early rising resort guests, there will still be a pleasant hour or two for me.
My hope is actually that they move the EMH to 7 am and the regular open to 8 am...because there will be even fewer onsite guests who are able to rally their troops and make it to the park that early!

pxydst
01-15-2012, 11:55 AM
Lauren... all week MK has EMH I also hope they move it to 7 am because we will be there!! Can't wait 75 more days!!!:cool1:

MichaelForbin
01-21-2012, 08:25 PM
Now that our kids are middle and high schoolers it is not so easy to pluck them out of school for a week, so our hands are a bit tied as to when to to go. I dislike the summer heat, rain, and crowds so that is out for me. I know I am not going Christmas week. Spring break for us is the week after Easter. We are waiting until Wednesday 4/11 to arrive, hoping crowds will ease up just a tad. We leave Monday 4/16. I am anticipating steadily dwindling crowds throughout our stay, but that is really just a guess.


We'll be there the same time!

MichaelForbin
01-21-2012, 08:27 PM
We're going the week before Easter because it was the only opportunity we have. However, we have a plan:

I have a touring plans and a ridemax subscription.

We got in during the small window free dining was extended to arrivals 3/31, and then upgraded to DXDP so we do not have to count on counter service at all.

DD, her friend and I will get up and hit rope drop for the "thrill rides" and fast past collecting, and DH will meet up with us a few hours later (he's not a morning person and doesn't like thrill rides, he's more a show person) but early enough to not worry about gate closings.

If you're staying on property you shouldn't have to worry about gate closings anyway right?

ses1230
01-23-2012, 07:34 PM
If you're staying on property you shouldn't have to worry about gate closings anyway right?

Not necessarily true, it depends on the closure stage. There is a closure stage where noone is admitted, resort guest or not.

CF has an explanation HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39202497&postcount=1).

LuvsDisney4ever
01-24-2012, 08:34 AM
I will be there with my family March 24th -April 3rd so that will have us leaving to come home the Tuesday before Easter what do you all think the crowed levels will be the last week in March we are not worried about crowds because being in Disney is great no matter what but I would like to know what to expect we have never used fastpass before because we have always went in slower months but if need be we will this time def..?????

punkin
01-24-2012, 09:07 AM
Yuck. We will be there at peak times (3/20-4/7)...and we are staying off-site so no early entry for us. I seriously have to start planning our visit. It's been years since we did the parks commando style, but maybe this trip we will have to do that just so we can do all the "required" rides.

momimouse27
03-11-2012, 05:02 PM
Now I'm rethinking my not-so-brilliant, off the cuff choice to hop down to Disney during Spring Break for a couple of days this year. We will only go few a couple of days, and go into one park then spend another day meandering around DTD and possibly enjoying Fantasia minigolf.

So now my thought is, what park should i visit? The first thing that comes into my head is Epcot. Since it's so big it sometimes isn't as horrific as some of the other parks are during busy times as its so spread out. But there's the Flower/Garden show and I'm wondering how that will affect it.

Ughh. Don't know, but I think I'd rather be in Disney during a crowded time than not in Disney at all....right??:scared1:

magicbob
03-11-2012, 05:17 PM
Many on site guests will attend whatever the EMH park is that day, but a vast majority of them will still not get there till 10 am! Crazy, I know.

This is one of the reasons Touring Plans recommends avoiding parks with morning EMH. They pretty much assume you will not get there early and going to that park will just mean you're part of the larger crowd that arrives at 11am or so.

That's why I ignore Touring Plans advice on this one point and GO to morning EMH. We arrive early enough (sometimes as early as 7 am) to take full advantage of that extra low-crowd time in the morning. We leave and go swimming when the crowds start to get insane. Then, we come back that evening once it has died down a little. Most days, we have seen a majority of the park before the throngs have even gotten out of bed.

KandyM
03-11-2012, 05:55 PM
I am by no means an expert but we were there for two weeks last year with Easter weekend right in the middle. It was crowded but we still had a fabulous time! We had touring plans, used fast passes, stayed away from the EMH parks and it was just fine. Never waited in a line more than 30 min. Not like WWoHP, do not get me started on that horrific day!

Disney was great though. They know how to manage crowds. We had three table meals and never waited for seating. Otherwise we ate qs at off hours, and they gave out %off coupons for doing that! Super! We also stayed off site, did rope drop and never left the park for breaks. Our rental car was usually the only loney one in our parking section at the end of our park days. Our kids were 14, 10 & 6.

I would absolutely go back at Easter. Sure less crowded times would be great but With one teacher and three students in our family we don't have much choice.

crazyboutdisny
03-11-2012, 07:19 PM
All these posts make me nervous:scared: We will be there March 28- April 5th. And like so many have commented....we had no choice to go then due to having one in high school. It is definetly better than being at work but we are spending alot of money for this trip. I worry most about the parks being closed due to capacity. We do have ADR at a few parks and so leaving midday for a break may not be an option!
We were there Columbus Day weekend in 2010 and I didnt think it was bad at all.

danceteachermom
03-11-2012, 07:40 PM
We will be there 3/29-4/4 and I am not worried. We will get to rope drop do what is mostn important then enjoy time at the CSR by the pool. If we make it back at night...if not fine. The only thing we want to do during the busier times of the day is the Pixar Parade and we will figure it out. Disney is what you make of it. I am a teacher and our family can either go when it is crowded or go when it is too hot in the summer.

All that being said, I would not want to be a first time guest during Easter week. I also would not want to think we should see and do everything to get our monies worth. We are fine just hitting our favorite attractions and relaxing the rest of the time. We will be back so if we miss something that is OK.

crazyboutdisny
03-11-2012, 07:48 PM
[QUOTE=danceteachermom;44294056]We will be there 3/29-4/4 and I am not worried. We will get to rope drop do what is mostn important then enjoy time at the CSR by the pool. If we make it back at night...if not fine. The only thing we want to do during the busier times of the day is the Pixar Parade and we will figure it out. Disney is what you make of it. I am a teacher and our family can either go when it is crowded or go when it is too hot in the summer.

All that being said, I would not want to be a first time guest during Easter week. I also would not want to think we should see and do everything to get our monies worth. We are fine just hitting our favorite attractions and relaxing the rest of the time. We will be back so if we miss something that is OK.[/QUOTE

Our first 2 visits were late May and early June and that was too hot for me!! I really prefer October but we wont be going then again for a long time. Really trying to be relaxed about it...but I am a planner and my planner self gets anxious :)

ccgirl
03-12-2012, 08:51 AM
All these posts make me nervous:scared: We will be there March 28- April 5th. And like so many have commented....we had no choice to go then due to having one in high school. It is definetly better than being at work but we are spending alot of money for this trip. I worry most about the parks being closed due to capacity. We do have ADR at a few parks and so leaving midday for a break may not be an option!
We were there Columbus Day weekend in 2010 and I didnt think it was bad at all.

IMHO, Columbus Day weekend and Easter weekend are nowhere near each other as far as crowds.

Balt ravens fan
03-12-2012, 09:46 AM
We have been going the week before Easter for the past 3 years now. We love it! For the following reasons:

1) We don't have to take the kids out of school, and my wife works in a school. So that leaves Christmas Week (Too cold and more crowded), Easter week and the Summer (Too hot).

2) The weather has been fantastic on our trips over Easter week. Love the weather in March/Arpil in Disney.

3) The Hours! For gosh sakes they have the parks open from 8 am til 1 am and with extra magic hours it is 7 am until 3 am.

4) Ride closures at a minium for maintenance. You can see this in the target date for Dumbo - March 31st - this is not a coincidence, they know they need stuff open. And then Test Track will not be closed until after Easter. They are no dummies - they have to keep as much open as possible - COP (which my family loves), HOP, boats, etc... etc...

5) Have a plan! If you can plan, or know the parks well you can use all this to your advantage.

6) Enjoy the resort and the pool!!! You get so much done in the mornings and then late at night, that you can rest and enjoy the resort. There are no "short hours" like in January or September.

7) Did I mention the weather?

Sure it gets crowded. But I lovvvveeee leaving the park around 12 / 1 and seeing all these people still streaming in and thinking "you should have gone on the disboards" ... poor people .. lol

wild4dis
03-12-2012, 10:13 AM
We have been going the week before Easter for the past 3 years now. We love it! For the following reasons:

1) We don't have to take the kids out of school, and my wife works in a school. So that leaves Christmas Week (Too cold and more crowded), Easter week and the Summer (Too hot).

2) The weather has been fantastic on our trips over Easter week. Love the weather in March/Arpil in Disney.

3) The Hours! For gosh sakes they have the parks open from 8 am til 1 am and with extra magic hours it is 7 am until 3 am.

4) Ride closures at a minium for maintenance. You can see this in the target date for Dumbo - March 31st - this is not a coincidence, they know they need stuff open. And then Test Track will not be closed until after Easter. They are no dummies - they have to keep as much open as possible - COP (which my family loves), HOP, boats, etc... etc...

5) Have a plan! If you can plan, or know the parks well you can use all this to your advantage.

6) Enjoy the resort and the pool!!! You get so much done in the mornings and then late at night, that you can rest and enjoy the resort. There are no "short hours" like in January or September.

7) Did I mention the weather?

Sure it gets crowded. But I lovvvveeee leaving the park around 12 / 1 and seeing all these people still streaming in and thinking "you should have gone on the disboards" ... poor people .. lol

All good info...we have had our last few trips go from thurs before Easter to the following Saturady. As long as you set your expectations you will be fine... Here is our plans for that week...

ADRS are a must
use EMH to your advantage
up early to the parks...you can sleep at the office when you get home !! ; )
at parks early, out before lunch, back to resort for some great pool time and then back again at night
understand yo "may" not do every attraction you want. As long time DVC memebrs, we have seen it all, so if we skip one ride because its a crazy line, we know we can come back later in the week or another trip
have a good FP strategy..plan ahead for "big" rides
week after Easter is busy, but not as bad as week before
HAVE FUN and RELAX...your at Disney !!

Deffenm
03-12-2012, 10:53 AM
We will be there for Easter as well. We are going April 6-14th. I can not wait. We know it will be busy but it is better then being at work. We bought the waterpass and more option for the first time and my kids are just as excited to hangout at the water parks as they are the theme parks. We will hit the parks as early as allowed, do the things they really want, eat lunch, head back to resort and hang out at pool, enjoy nice sit down dinner and then head back to park if they want.

We do not plan to visit a park on Easter. We are going to head to DTD and visit DisneyQuest (we have never been) and then my dd has an apt. at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique to get made into a princess. We will do some shopping since I am sure the Easter Bunny will leave them a Giftcard in their Easter baskets, hang out at the resort, we have dinner plans at 1900 Park Fare, and then I booked the Pirate Firework Cruise after dinner. So we will at least be able to watch the firework show from the MK without having to be in the MK. Even though we aren't going into a park we have a full day planned.

I am so excited I can't wait. :cloud9:

edk35
03-12-2012, 11:43 AM
Add us to the FIRST TIMERS LIST GOING DURING EASTER WEEK. Then add us to the FIRST TIME STAYING OFF SITE LIST TOO. Probably a double whammy!!! :lmao: However we are seasoned Disney people just having gone twice in Jan. We saw and did it all on both trips in Jan. We are going to see our daughter and visit with my parents.

We are arriving Friday March 30th, driving down from MD. We are departing on Easter Sunday heading back home. My parents are meeting us and we are staying offsite in a HUGE house in Windsor Hills. We have older kids, 21 (daughter is there now doing the college program)18 and 13. Our oldest son is bringing a friend who is also 18. We figured it would be nice to be offsite and away from the crowds. Our rented house has a pool/hot tub/game room and there is a main pool at the club house too. This will be a nice retreat every day with plenty of room.

We plan on getting to the parks at opening (if the teens can get moving) and doing what we can and then getting out around lunch time. We might not even go back at night. My strategy for any Disney trip is to always avoid EMH' parks and go to another one that is not having one. Although MK has them every day I think during high peak times. We are just excited to be GOING SOMEWHERE AT SPRING BREAK. This is the first time since our dd started college (she is a jr.) that we can all be in the same place together. Our oldest son starts college in the fall and his spring break will NOT be when our youngest one has his or our dd has her spring break next year. It is so hard to work around school/college kid schedules. We have been to Disney in the summer four years in a row and although we have fun, it gets soooooooo hot. In a perfect world we would always go off season....but in reality that is just too hard to do with school age kids.

I hope we have a great time. It will be nice to get away and just spend some good quality family time. :)

Olivesmomlmt
03-12-2012, 02:59 PM
All of these posts have me freaking out...! We will be at WDW April 18-22. Staying at AKL, with our 2 year old daughter...did we pick a bad time?! I know Easter is April 8th, but I am starting to freak out :scared:

MomofKatie
03-12-2012, 03:13 PM
All of these posts have me freaking out...! We will be at WDW April 18-22. Staying at AKL, with our 2 year old daughter...did we pick a bad time?! I know Easter is April 8th, but I am starting to freak out :scared:

You should miss the big Easter crowds- most go for one week, either the week before or week after Easter (this year, 4/1-4/8 or 4/8- 4/15). Not too many schools have Spring Breaks as late as you will be there.

Balt ravens fan
03-12-2012, 03:20 PM
The point of the Posts was to NOT have you freak out.

Remain Calm. All is well.

By the way last year Easter was later April 24th or something. So we were in Disney those dates that you mentioned - the weather was awesome!

Have a great time!

Olivesmomlmt
03-12-2012, 03:26 PM
You should miss the big Easter crowds- most go for one week, either the week before or week after Easter (this year, 4/1-4/8 or 4/8- 4/15). Not too many schools have Spring Breaks as late as you will be there.

Ok...I guess it worried me a little more bc when I was trying to make ADR's, we had a hard time getting into restaurants...tried to do CRT, and it was totally booked up, so we settled on 1900 park fare (but it is a 4:40 "dinner" reservation) we had better luck at Chefs de France (for DH and I to have a date night) getting a 6:30 reservation for dinner...with the combination of seeing the dreaded April crowds, and the hard time getting into restaurants we wanted to, I was getting worried! Hopefully we will miss the huge crazy crowds...this is dd's first trip, so we're wanting it to be perfect!

angierae
03-12-2012, 03:27 PM
We plan on hitting morning EMH, and then we have lunch reservations for between 12-1. At that point we'll check the wait time apps to see what we want to do - go back to the resort, hop to another park, stay where we're at.

Also, we are there for 8 days and we have rope drop planned for the first four days, and then only adrs for the next four - so we can go to parks or not go to parks or whatever we want, other than our ADRs. Play it by ear.

Olivesmomlmt
03-12-2012, 03:32 PM
The point of the Posts was to NOT have you freak out.

Remain Calm. All is well.

By the way last year Easter was later April 24th or something. So we were in Disney those dates that you mentioned - the weather was awesome!

Have a great time!

:). Thanks! We live in central FL but haven't been to Disney in 5 years! That's one reason I wanted Togo in April...I knew the weather would be beautiful! Fingers crossed for easy touring!