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Old 01-14-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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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
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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We pushed our trip back a week and our now going April 16-19, first time to DL do you think this time will less crowded? I'm not even sure how busy is busy at DL, but we are WDW pros, we're just there twice in 2012, and have never been bothered by the crowds there, but not sure how comparable it will be.
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Our school district (northern California ) the week of April 16...but it looks like alot of the breaks are scattered over a few weeks this year. (We will be there with a group of 25 moms and kids!!) I am hoping it won't be too crowded!
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we'll be there from 26 march - 3 april, staying GCH using our DVC points . I know its going to be busy but its disney. We are actually taking a tour of LA on easter sunday, but may pop to the parks in the evening.
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Welcome all, hope you early goers can have it all figured out by the time the rest of us get there - joking

KFJames - are you in the hotel or the DVC suites? We've never been to the suites there yet, so excited! I LOVE my DVC!!!
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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!

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We were there last Easter Sunday but it didn't seem as crowded as we thought it would be? So we'll be taking a chance this time around @ the VGC from Sat. March 30th til Tues. April 2nd. Judging from these boards it seem like Spring Breaks will be scattered though out the 2 months! It normally is the week before or the week after Easter Sunday!
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:49 PM   #14
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I am also guilty of being a WDW veteran - I don't know how to *not* plan a Disney vacation months in advance. Here our plan so far:

Sunday 3/24 - evening arrival, check-in at Hojo
Head to Trader Sam's for drinks, maybe nextdoor to Tangaroa Terrance for dinner
If we get in really early, we'll make a reservation over at Jazz Kitchen that we can hopefully use

Mon 3/25 - Arrive for rope drop!
9:30 - Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour (whoohoo!)
Dinner at Chef's Counter at Napa Rose (already booked....yipee!)

Tues. 3/26
Magic Morning! Might be tough after our late dinner at Napa Rose...better lay off the wine a bit
Breakfast at 9:30 or so at the Plaza Inn after touring for a while
Dinner at Blue Bayou

Wed. 3/27
Focus in on DCA; hopefully we can get some RSR fastpasses even though it's an early entry day for on-site guests
Dinner at Carthay Circle

Thurs. 3/28 - check out of Hojo
Get to DCA for rope drop; will probably leave a bit after lunchtime (sadness!)

The fact that I will make these reservations but am not bound to them is going to be so awesome.
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hey thought I stop in on your thread too ....we will be there 3/29 - 4/3...have been 4 different times during spring break, but never for Easter!
as long as you have a good plan in place, use FP when you can and take the crowds into consideration it should be manageable.

when we lived in S CA we would go most Sunday mornings and the parks would be pretty quiet until around noon...so hoping Easter will be the same since most locals will be in church!

we usually make dining reservations just to be safe! DL doesn't have has many places to eat as WDW which I plan to the nth degree...DL we wing it a bit more since PH is so much easier and can always leave to eat at DTD too!
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