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Old 01-24-2014, 08:04 PM   #16
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Easter is at the end of April this year. Is it still spring break for some places?? Ours is in March up in Canada.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:05 PM   #17
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You guys will be FINE! Will it be crowded...yes. But your touring strategy is spot-on, so no worries.

And I say this just coming off a mid-December trip (12/9-12/15) that left a really bad taste in my mouth due to CROWDS. Just navigating through the parks (even AK in the afternoons) was nuts compared to our previous mid-Dec trips. We don't like to do rope-drops-and really don't thick like crowds-so we try to go off-season. Off-season's just not what it used to be AT ALL. But that's .

My guess is crowds will be similar to your June trips (slightly more crowded as Easter approaches) but you'll have much nicer weather...which makes for nicer people being around you.

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....Another question... if you make a room only reservation, can you add the tickets and dining when you get there? I have always booked everything at once, but i'm hoping to see free dining come out.
My understanding is that you MUST book the dining plan 72 hours prior to arrival. You cannot book once you are there. I'd call and check, though. The park tickets you can purchase anytime.

You'll have a great trip.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:15 PM   #18
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Thanks, everyone!

It's looking more possible and I can be with my Prince Charming on our anniversary at our favorite place!!!
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:27 PM   #19
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We were there in 2013 during spring break. MK closed each due to heavy crowds (I think is was a phase 3 closure). Anyway, we got to each of the parks as close to rope drop as possible and had great success. We usually had lunch in the park, maybe rode a few more rides or saw a show, then headed back to the room. It's the same strategy that's always recommended, and it does work. Going back to the parks in the evening was nice too, even if it was only for a few hours. We never did evening EMH, because that was too hard with getting to parks at rope drop.

Of course we didn't have FP+ for that trip, but with it iin full swing now, scheduling a few rides for the afternoon or evening seems like a good idea during the heavy spring break crowds.

OP - I just noticed that you usually travel in June. I must say, the weather will be much nicer during spring break. We visited last year during an odd cold snap, but it was still nicer than Florida in June.
We were right there with you! It WAS really crowded, BUT since Easter was early, a lot of colleges were also out on Spring Break. Also a cold front pushed those on beach vacations to the parks during that week. A Perfect Disney Storm, if you will. The Flower and Garden Festival will be going on at that time and Epcot is beautiful, not to mention the food booths that have been added.

We went back over Thanksgiving and FP+ was in effect. I LOVED having our FPs already planned. No more running around for mom!

With your strategy, OP, you'll be fine. We got so much done over Easter break despite the crowds because we rope dropped every morning and left at noon when the crowds really started to get crazy. Have a great trip!
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #20
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Wow... just priced and it is $500.00 more during the April week than June!
That might be the decision maker for us.

Keep the ideas and suggestions coming!
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:07 AM   #21
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Here is what I learned about the dining plan:

I booked a room only thinking I would add dining later. In the meantime, I purchased my 7 day MYW tickets through Disney so I will be all ready to go when my FP+ window arrives. I toyed around with adding dining - but I can't do that now because it has to be part of a "package". I can't do a package now because I already have our tickets. Some folks in my situation get 1 day non-expiring tickets so that they can make a package and then just save those 1 day tickets for a later trip....that is too complicated for me!

You will NOT get free dining for the week before Easter - so it might be a no brainer to just go with the room only (much better cancelation policy too!!)

We will also be there the week before Easter & I am scared too!! We like going to WDW in January, but since my kids have reached high school age we won't pull them out of school (had no problem pulling out of school when they were younger). Anyway, that leaves us with Christmas (don't want to be away from home), Summer (hot & crowded - put me on a beach in summer!), or Easter (just crowded). So, we will be giving Easter a try. I feel encouraged by the fact that many many areas have their Spring Break in March - so maybe it will be just normal crowded & not lock the front gate crowded! Also, I have had no problems making ADRs - I have been switching them around all week - and except for the harder to get ADRs, I have had no problems (have not been able to get California Grill or Ohanas during Wishes, for example). I even just booked a tour for April 16th.

Good luck making your decision!
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:21 AM   #22
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Hi OP from another NC family!

This year, the whole spring break/Easter/crowd stuff is a bit different because Easter is later this year. We are going during our spring break - the first week of April. This is not only after college spring break, but after spring break for most of central Florida and Miami (and other Florida locales, I'm sure). If you look at most of the crowd calendars, the crowds go down a bit the first two weeks of April, only to go crazy again at Easter.

Don't get me wrong, it's not going to be low crowd, just not insane unless everyone is very, very wrong.

We prefer low crowd times, but this is what's working for us this year.

We also received a PIN code that covered the first week of April. It was for selected dates, and I took it as a good sign that our week was included.
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Another question...

The only pins I have ever used were for free dining. With that pin, as long as you checked in on the last date of the offer, it covered your whole stay.

I am guessing that is not the case with room discounts?

I have that double pin that just went out, but we would be checking in on the last day of the offer.

As far as dining, I am thinking of not buying the plan (first trip ever without it) and just getting a gift card to use for dining. We only really do quick service anyway, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Another question...

The only pins I have ever used were for free dining. With that pin, as long as you checked in on the last date of the offer, it covered your whole stay.

I am guessing that is not the case with room discounts?

I have that double pin that just went out, but we would be checking in on the last day of the offer.

As far as dining, I am thinking of not buying the plan (first trip ever without it) and just getting a gift card to use for dining. We only really do quick service anyway, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
Room offers are date specific. The last date of the offer is the last date that the discount will be applied. You can book a longer stay, but you would only get the discount on the dates within the offer window.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:35 AM   #25
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Thanks... probably better to go with the "Spring Vacation offer" that it is popping up as (I think the 5th day ticket is free or something?)
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:55 AM   #26
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We went last Easter week. We go every year and sometimes twice a year. This was the first year our spring break coincided with Easter week. NEVER again would we put ourselves through that. We have a great touring style and did get on everything we wanted with minimal wait but it was seriously pure exhaustion. The parks open an hour early every day and that hour makes a huge difference in your energy level. Wall to wall people and we saw 210 minute waits multiple times during the trip.

However, I am wondering if it might not be so bad this year as Easter is late and maybe many schools decided to have their break earlier. Also, it was freezing last year (50 degrees) and we found that many people that planned a beach week came to Disney because the beach was too cold.

Good luck with the decision!
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Is it busy, yes, but don't let that scare you. We have gone many years at spring break and always have had fun. If you get to the park early especially with emh, and leave mid afternoon you will be fine. Parks always got crazy around 2-3p.m. We would leave, go swim, and then come back later. We are going again this year.
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