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Old 08-25-2012, 05:42 PM   #16
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #17
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Easter is the most crowded week the entire year. With it falling during Spring Break next year, crowds will be even more insane than a "usual" Easter.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:32 AM   #18
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Thanks all.

As a brit going to Florida we always do 2 weeks so im gettingthat the first week of our holiday will be busy busy but the second week after easter should be more manageable.
Spring break confuses us as a brit as all our school holidays are the same and spring break varies so wildly but im beggining to grasp the idea and my research is showing that every school is back for April 1st. We are in wdw until the 9th so im hopeful that we see a drop in the crowds that you have all reported.

The first few days we will be doing early mornings as the jet lag kicks in and wakes up at a stupid time.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:55 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by SaraJayne
Easter is the most crowded week the entire year. With it falling during Spring Break next year, crowds will be even more insane than a "usual" Easter.
No, it's second to Christmas/New Year's. But still very crowded definitely. We've been the last 2 Easters though and it's still fine if that's when you need to go. We've done Christmas as well and that was one of my favorite trips. Lowered expectations is key for that time of year.
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Typically NY has spring break spread out in April depending on the county you live in. This year the state is doing ELA testing the third week of April (4/16-18) and Math testing the 4th week (4/24-26). This has resulted in upstate NY having spring break 3/29-4/7. Districts don't want to take a break the second week because it is right before the exams.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:21 PM   #21
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We went over spring break last year, arriving a day before Easter. It was not quite as bad as spring break was described to me, but it was definitely crowded, and we avoided taking any buses after a disaster on our first night. Given the choice, I would avoid spring break or Easter (and the two are basically the same for us). That's one reason why we're doing a fall trip this time.

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My post will sound kind of funny compared to others' opinions above, but we were there this year for the week of Easter through 4 days after Easter and we did a split stay and were upgraded at both resorts due to "loads of empty rooms" as told by one CM. Both resort CM's told us they were "as empty as in the slow months." All of us figured it was due to blackout of discounts.

We visited all the parks a few times each and we consistenty found MK to be very crowded each time right around 1:00/2:00. However, mornings were fine for us. Evenings were also fine. We had no crowd issues with the other 3 parks.

No park closed due to full capacity this year as in previous years at Easter time.

We went to Epcot on Easter Day and were pleasantly surprised as to how dead it was. We did 3 egg hunts and several rides and then had a nice walk-up meal in Norway.
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Due to kids schedules, we have been going during Easter/Spring Break the last few years (and have plans to go again this year). I am fanatical about making ADRs at 180 days out and sticking to some sort of touring plan. We always see everything we want to see and manage to fit in some pool time as well. I believe it is very important to get to the parks within an hour of opening... See you there!
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Originally Posted by DM4Life3 View Post
the park is very manageable with light crowds and wonderful weather (80 degrees and sunny!).
the crowds will not be light. As others have pointed out, it is the second most crowded time of the year, after Christmas. I would expect MK to reach capacity and close at least once, as it usually does when Easter falls during a busy spring break week. I agree, the weather will probably be wonderful!
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It is definitely crowded, but longer hours at the parks help. As an earlier poster mentioned, MK generally opens everyday at 7 a.m. If you are an early riser, then that works great b/c you can get more done b/t 7-10 am than many people do all day.

Or if you are a night person, you can do pretty well in the last hours before the parks close.

During the mid-day, it can be just down right CHAOS. But we have had fabulous trips at Easter despite the crowds.
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We went in '07 when our spring break followed Easter Sunday as I believe it will happen for us next year too. When I say it's crowded I mean wow it's crowded!! If you decide to go I would say to consider following some kind of touring plan because that could make all the difference in the world. We use touring plans dot con. It has always been great. As for the weather it can be hit and miss. The beginning of the week it was unseasonably cold so we wore sweatshirts and jeans. By the end of the week we were in tanks and shorts. So... Go prepared for any kind of weather . We had a blast but I was prepared with my handy dandy touring plan .
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We just had to postpone our November trip until Easter. Do you think Easter will be manageable staying offsite?
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We just had to postpone our November trip until Easter. Do you think Easter will be manageable staying offsite?
Since you are staying off-site, I would recommend getting there at least one hour prior to opening and do not leave the park if you intend on coming back that same day.
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Julie-we are doing the exact thing with our dd13 and ds10. Can't take them out of school so we go during Spring Break and Easter. DD13 will get up early for Disney and that's about it! We do let her sleep in if needed but she usually wants to get going like the rest of us. Glad I am not the only mom of a dd13 who is hard to get out of bed!
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Originally Posted by buzz for boys View Post
We have been to Florida 5 times now and have always avoided any main holidays!! This year however we are having to think about Easter as we cant take the children out of school anymore So whats peoples honest opinions of easter what should we be expecting?

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How crowded Easter week is depends upon whether it coincides with spring break or not. If Easter is early and the same week as the biggest spring break week, it can be as crowded as crowded gets. If it is late and Easter doesn't coincide with many a spring break, it's still crowded, but not as much.
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