Spring Break is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Walt Disney World! Besides the Christmas holidays, this particular week of the year is typically the busiest, with parents taking advantage of their kids being out of school. The mild weather and extra vacation time are really tempting — who wouldn’t want to make a trip to Disney World?!
There’s a lot to know about planning a trip for Spring Break in 2021, so we’re giving you our Spring Break at Disney World Ultimate Vacation Bucket List!
Visit All the Water Rides
As the weather starts to warm up again, it’s the perfect time to visit Disney’s water rides! Kali River Rapids is under refurbishment until April 2, so if your Spring Break falls after that date, it’s the perfect time to celebrate its reopening.
Splash Mountain is another great choice for a Disney water ride, and if you don’t come to Disney World often, you may want to ride this one while you can. Sometime in the future, it will be getting a major retheme to Disney’s Princess and the Frog. We don’t know yet when this will be, but you may want to ride it again, just in case!
Try Out the Newest Eats in Disney Springs
Recently, two new dessert locations have opened up in Disney Springs, and you need to stop by and try them out! Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew has opened up near the AMC movie theater on Disney Springs’ West Side. This restaurant serves MASSIVE doughnuts and a variety of coffee selections as well as some sandwiches and meal options.
Also new to Disney Springs is Gideon’s Bakehouse, a cookie shop with a huge fanbase! So huge, in fact, that the virtual queue was 11 hours long on the day of the grand opening. Here you’ll find gigantic 1/2 pound cookies filled with delicious additions as well as epic slices of cake!
If you’re in the mood for a huge and indulgent dessert, we recommend stopping by both of these places!
Enjoy the Attractions You Don’t Often Visit
During a busy travel week like Spring Break, we expect the crowds to be pretty high, and with high crowds come high wait times. The good news is that you’ll have plenty of chances to do the lower-wait attractions that you usually skip! Take some time to visit Animal Kingdom’s trails, or watch all the films at EPCOT.
Maybe take a walk through the Swiss Family Treehouse in Magic Kingdom, or stop by the Mickey Shorts Theater in Hollywood Studios. It’s the perfect chance to try out some “filler” attractions while you wait for the crowds to die down, and you’ll get to experience a side of Disney that you might not often stop to enjoy!
Disney World’s premier springtime event returns to EPCOT on March 3 and runs through July 5, 2021. The festival is filled with delicious outdoor kitchens, live entertainment, beautifully crafted topiaries, and so much more.
Typically, one of the big reasons that guests come to Disney in the spring is to visit this festival, so it would be a shame if you missed it! If you’re planning on stopping by, make sure to keep following along with AllEars, because we’ll be at the festival on opening day to try all the festivities and share our must-dos.
Visit Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney World’s two waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, have been closed since last March when the parks shut down due to the pandemic. Now, Blizzard Beach will be reopening to the public on March 7, 2021, just in time for Spring Break!
If you are on board with doing Disney’s water rides in the spring, you might want to make a splash at a full water park, too!
Celebrate Nature in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If your Spring Break falls later in April, then you just might be able to celebrate in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Earth Day (which just so happens to be the park’s birthday)! There are usually special celebrations for this holiday, including unique snacks and desserts.
If you won’t be in Animal Kingdom on April 22, the park is still magnificent during the spring in general. The plants are flourishing, the weather is mild, and the animals aren’t as exhausted due to heat — so you may have a really great safari!
Stop By EPCOT’s France Pavilion
Over in EPCOT, a part of the France Pavilion’s expansion has recently opened to guests! Here, you can stroll down a bonus Parisian street, check out the details of the upcoming area, and perhaps catch a glimpse of construction on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
We don’t have an opening date for the rest of the expansion yet (which includes the new ride and La Creperie de Paris), but there’s always a chance that these new additions could open before or during your visit! If so, that’s all the more reason to stop by.
Do Some Park Hopping
Park Hopping returned in a modified way to Walt Disney World in January, and if you haven’t visited since then, Spring Break is the perfect time to test out the new system. Since the parks will likely be busy, if you buy a Park Hopper ticket, you’ll just be able to head to a less crowded park when things get overwhelming.
There are some new details that you’ll need to know about before you try out this system, so make sure to do your research in advance. Park Hopping can be a great way to make sure you accomplish everything on your to-do list during your vacation.
Remember Your Unique Disney Trip With Special Merchandise
Your 2021 Disney trip is sure to be like no other you’ve taken (unless you’ve been since reopening). With new safety measures like temperature checks, social distancing, and masks, we’re all learning to do Disney in an entirely new way. One day, you’ll look back on this trip and likely recall how unusual it was, so we think you should embrace that!
While you’re visiting, pick up some special souvenirs that remind you of this weird time in human history. Whether it’s a Disney mask, an item with the year on it, or some other strange thing that screams “2021!”, that souvenir can serve as a memorial to the oddest Disney World vacation ever. Also, don’t forget to take LOTS of pictures!
Make Time to Watch the Character Cavalcades
Since parades and traditional meet-and-greets are currently suspended, Disney is instead helping guests view their favorite characters in cavalcades, flotillas, promenades, and motorcades that run through each park! If you’re typically the type of person who likes to see parades and meet characters, then make sure to set aside time in your day to watch each cavalcade come by.
At Magic Kingdom the cavalcades follow the parade route, at EPCOT they travel World Showcase, and at Animal Kingdom, they float through the park’s waterways. At Hollywood Studios, they travel down Hollywood Boulevard toward the Chinese Theatre, then go past Echo Lake and Star Tours. If seeing characters is important to you, set aside an hour or so in the middle of the day to try to see them all!
Pick Up a Cold Treat
Like we’ve already mentioned, the weather typically gets a good bit warmer around Spring Break. That means it’s the perfect time to grab a frozen treat!
Whether it’s a Dole Whip float, an ice cream sandwich, a cone from L’Artisan de Glaces, or just a traditional Mickey bar, there are so many to choose from. If you’ve been drinking hot chocolate and eating hot soup for months, then a spring vacation in Florida is just the time to bust out the soft serve!
Visit the Newest Disney Attractions
This tip is especially important if you haven’t been to Disney in a while! While you’re at the parks, make sure to try out all the new offerings. Whether that’s Galaxy’s Edge, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, or the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, there are so many attractions that have recently opened in Walt Disney World.
Go for a flight on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, or attempt to score a boarding pass for Disney’s hardest-to-ride attraction, Rise of the Resistance. Maybe it’s been so long since your last visit that you haven’t yet had the chance to shrink down to the size of a toy in Toy Story Land or climbed aboard a banshee in Pandora. Either way, new things are constantly coming to Disney World, so there’s almost always something new to experience!
Whether you do everything on this list or nothing on this list, we hope that your Spring Break trip to Disney World is absolutely magical! Make sure to stick around as we share more planning tips and all the latest Disney news that you’ll need to know before your vacation.
Will you be traveling for Spring Break? Let us know in the comments!