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aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 12:47 PM

Hi all, wondering if anyone would want to join in on a Spring Break survival thread! We usually try to avoid crowds like the plague, but this spring it worked out where the only time we can make it happen is Easter week. Would love to share stragies/war stories for survival. I'd be happy to track trips for folks too. Looking forward to it!

aussiechic - 3/4-3/18, HoJo
Gingerandcloves - 3/11-3/13
denluvsdisney - 3/12-3/16
E&Cmom - 3/14-3/21, HoJo
SweetAlex - 3/17-3/22
carlilekids - 3/18-3/22
heathsf - 3/21-?, Ramada Maingate
Mimimomto4 - 3/22-3/26, Paradise Pier/Fairfield
oceanrose - 3/22-3/31
Mackie Mouse - 3/24-3/28, HoJo
jonahsmommy - 3/25-3/29
PixiDustDears - 3/25-3/30
StarGirl11 - 3/25-3/30
theworldneedscolor - 3/26-3/28
Mom-2greatkids - 3/26-3/30
KFJames - 3/26-4/3, GCH
jenok0426 - 3/27-4/1, PPH
beejai - 3/28-4/6, Hyatt Regency
mommy2mrb - 3/29-4/3
hjgaus - 3/30-4/2, VGC
aroundtheriverbend - 3/30-4/5, VGC
Shegardens - 3/30-4/6, Tropicana
damiel - 3/31-4/3
pnwsurfer - 4/1-4/5, Fairfield Inn
EmmersIsTheMommy - 4/1-4/5
EGHopeful - 4/1-4/5
Rentayenta - 4/2-4/5
nickymaria - 4/2-4/7, Residence Inn Maingate
WendyWhy - 4/4-4/5
road2disney - 4/4-4/5
T0rrent - 4/6-4/11
elphie101 - 4/10-4/15, Fairfield Inn
smiles33 - 4/11-4/14, HoJo
mysteriouspnai - 4/12-4/14
Chereya - 4/14-4/19, VGC
bmccorquodale - 4/14-4/19
Sophies*mom - 4/15-4/18 Castle Inn & Suites
BryANDJessMom - 4/15-4/19
Julie711 - 4/16-4/19, Fairfield
tbgmom - 4/16-4/21, Fairfield
Daydreamer64 - 4/18-4/25, DLH
MommyMissy - 4/21-4/23
Aurora06 - 4/21-4/26, Fairfield

Shegardens 01-14-2013 12:56 PM

We have only ever gone during slow times, this time, we will be there March 31-April 6, a bit leary about the crowds but Disney is so worth it! Let's hope the kids like the surprise despite the crazy crowds :cool1:

aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 01:22 PM

Sounds like we'll be there at the same time!

I've done some searching, but haven't found anything special for Easter like an egg hunt or brunch. Hoping something pops up. We check in the night before, we're going to go to Legoland before heading to DLR.

T0rrent 01-14-2013 02:40 PM

Oye, it didn't dawn on the wife that when we booked our trip for 4-6 to 4-11 it would be right in the middle of spring break. Luckily crowds don't faze us too much, so shouldn't be too bad. Just have to make sure we are at the park for rope drop.

Shegardens 01-14-2013 02:48 PM

Lost me already, what is rope drop?

We actually fly in the night before as well, what hotel are you at aroundtheriverbend?
From the sounds of it no big easter egg hunts or anything like that. I think there is a brunch somewhere, since there is nothing grand we are going to take in the character dining for Easter breakfast.

damiel 01-14-2013 04:13 PM

We too will be there for Easter. We check in on the 31st and depart on the 3rd. I heard that Storytellers has an Easter Brunch.

aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Shegardens (Post 47189007)
Lost me already, what is rope drop?

We actually fly in the night before as well, what hotel are you at aroundtheriverbend?
From the sounds of it no big easter egg hunts or anything like that. I think there is a brunch somewhere, since there is nothing grand we are going to take in the character dining for Easter breakfast.

We're in the Villas at Grand Californian - we belong to the Disney Vacation Club.

aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shegardens (Post 47189007)
Lost me already, what is rope drop?

We actually fly in the night before as well, what hotel are you at aroundtheriverbend?
From the sounds of it no big easter egg hunts or anything like that. I think there is a brunch somewhere, since there is nothing grand we are going to take in the character dining for Easter breakfast.


Rope drop is crowd control right before the park opens - I can only compare to WDW, but some of the parks let you into the park but hold you back from going to the attractions until official opening time (usually with a long rope, which they then pull to the side). People then trample eachother on their way to their destination. :rotfl2:

Mackie Mouse 01-14-2013 04:46 PM

We'll be there from March 24-28 - any and all survival strategies welcomed! Would be happy to share our itinerary if others want to comment (I started a thread on it last week that got a few replies, but not many).

Shegardens 01-14-2013 05:31 PM

Yikes i have never heard of something like that. What am i getting into going at a busy time :rotfl2:

So i am going in blind, clearly, and have no tips or tricks....right now thinking a leash for my 8 and 11 year old would be good :lmao:

aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mackie Mouse
We'll be there from March 24-28 - any and all survival strategies welcomed! Would be happy to share our itinerary if others want to comment (I started a thread on it last week that got a few replies, but not many).

Sounds good! I'm still trying to nail down our dining, I'd love people's comments too!

Shegardens 01-14-2013 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by aroundtheriverbend (Post 47191324)
Sounds good! I'm still trying to nail down our dining, I'd love people's comments too!

So you prebook your whole trip for meals? You don't just take it as it comes?

aroundtheriverbend 01-14-2013 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Shegardens

So you prebook your whole trip for meals? You don't just take it as it comes?

Well, I'm probably too trained by WDW, where you can't even get a sit down meal if you don't reserve in advance. From what I've read on here, if we want Blue Bayou or something like that in a busy time, we need a reservation. I'll probably make 3-4 so we can experience some of it since I don't know when we'll be back to CA. Trying not to over plan though.

radiatorsprings 01-14-2013 09:44 PM

My boyfriend's niece is performing with her high school band (from Northern CA) in Disneyland in April. They said that their trip is April 2 - 6. I am not sure of their schedule, where they're performing, or how many high school bands will be there but I just thought I'd give you guys a heads up. Hopefully it won't make things too crazy in addition to Spring Break crowds.

aroundtheriverbend 01-15-2013 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by radiatorsprings (Post 47193417)
My boyfriend's niece is performing with her high school band (from Northern CA) in Disneyland in April. They said that their trip is April 2 - 6. I am not sure of their schedule, where they're performing, or how many high school bands will be there but I just thought I'd give you guys a heads up. Hopefully it won't make things too crazy in addition to Spring Break crowds.

Hey, at least we'll have some good musical entertainment (or at least enthusiastic ;) ).

Here's the advice I can glean so far from all the threads I've combed (yes, I'm an uberplanner LOL. Vacations are my obsession).
  • Get to the parks as early as possible. Take advantage of any early morning hours, as something like 70% of all DLR guests are locals and LA traffic apparently keeps most of them from being able to get there early. By 11 am, sounds like it'll be a crowd train wreck until post 7 pm.
  • If you are staying close by, leave after lunch - swim or nap - and come back after dinner.

Anyone have any other tips to share? How about Easter day itself, is it emptier than a usual day in the morning due to church/brunch etc. delays? Does the fact that most APs are blacked out around Easter help with the crowds at all?

Thanks!:thumbsup2


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