Travel expert Ian Ford, CEO and president of Undercover Tourist, has several helpful recommendations for visitors navigating the Orlando theme parks for their spring break vacation.
o Book FastPass+ reservations before you arrive – As soon as you’re reservation window opens (60 days in advance of check-in for resort guests and 30 days in advance for non-resort guests), make sure to book FastPasses for the most popular attractions, such as Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Test Track and Soarin’ at Epcot, Elsa & Anna in Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom, and Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
o Book your hotel – Now that Undercover Tourist provides hotel booking, visitors can get convenient on-site benefits, such as free MagicBands, extended theme park hours, and free airport and theme park transportation.
o Arrive early and stay late – Arrive at the Disney World parks about an hour before rope-drop to ride your favorites in the first few hours before the lines get really long. Park hopping is not recommended during exceptionally busy seasons like spring break, as moving between parks takes up a lot of time.
o There’s an app for that – Undercover Tourist offers a new Orlando planning app which gives users the down-low on wait times, character greetings, parades, show times, detailed touring plans and more for all of the area theme parks.
o Bring snacks and drinks with you – Bring your own snacks and drinks or even a full picnic lunch. The restaurant crowds can be busier than attraction lines when the parks are packed, and a picnic lunch in a less busy spot in the park is a great way to regroup. Save the line-waiting for the fun stuff.