There is no wrong time of year to visit Walt Disney World, but there is something special about the spring. While the rest of the country digs out and tries to warm up, Central Florida is more beautiful than ever. If you’ve never visited Walt Disney World in the spring, here are ten reasons to drop everything and book the next flight to Orlando.
10) Cinderella’s Golden Coach
The new live action movie Cinderella is sure to be a hit. If you’d like to see the Golden Coach from the movie and have a picture taken in front of it, head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios immediately. The coach is currently on display, but only until April 11. You can also see a sneak peek of the film in the park.
9) The Trolley Car Cafe
For years people have complained that they couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee at Walt Disney World. Most of the complaints have calmed down with the addition of Starbucks. The latest location is called The Trolley Car Cafe, and it’s found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The details are amazing, and you’ll find all of your favorite beverages and pastries.
8) Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings Time starts on March 8. That means an extra hour of daylight each day of your impromptu vacation. You’ll be able to spend more time out in the warm Florida sunshine. While it won’t really extend your vacation, the extra hour of daylight will make it feel longer.
It has been a long, cold winter in many parts of the United States. During the spring in Florida, you’ll usually experience warm days and comfortable evenings. The daily summer storms have not yet rolled in, and the humidity is much lower than you’ll find in July. After the winter that you’ve experienced, aren’t a few days in Florida exactly what you need?
6) Spring Break
While dates for Spring Break differ, most likely it is getting close. Have you always wanted to take the kids to Walt Disney World, but didn’t want to pull them out of school? Think about a last minute Spring Break trip! The parks will be busy, but the hours will be expanded, so you’ll still be able to see and do everything that’s on your must do list. The kids are suffering from cabin fever as much as you are, so surprise them with a Walt Disney world vacation.
5) Disney Water Parks
For the past several months, there has only been one Walt Disney World water park open. First Typhoon Lagoon was closed for its annual refurbishment, and then in January it was Blizzard Beach’s turn. Starting on March 16, both parks will be open once again. Wouldn’t it be great to spend a couple of days playing in the water while those back home are still complaining about the snow? Come to Walt Disney World, the water is warm.
4) Disney Springs
Recently Downtown Disney has been a mess. Construction walls were everywhere, and it was hard to tell what was open. While the transformation to Disney Springs is nowhere near complete, you can now see much of the progress. Some of the walls are down, and there are exciting additions to see and explore. There are new places to shop, BabyCakes NYC has returned as Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, and you can start to envision what the area will look like once it’s finished. Parking is still a bit tricky, so take a resort bus if possible. There are still construction walls, but Downtown Disney is a lot better than it was a few months ago.
3) Egg-stravaganza at Epcot
The popular Easter egg hunt is returning to Epcot March 27-April 5. Eggs that portray Disney characters will be hidden throughout World Showcase. Look for the eggs and make note of where you saw what. You can purchase a map with stickers for $4.95 to help you keep track of your finds. Once you complete your map, turn it in and receive a reward. The annual Egg-stravaganza proves that searching for Easter eggs isn’t just for the kids.
2) Spring Training
If you’re a baseball fan, you need to head to Florida right away. Now through April 4 you can catch the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. While Spring Training games don’t count towards the regular season, they’re still a lot of fun. You’ll be able to see new talent trying to earn a place on the roster, and you can also see the seasoned veterans. Since the Braves play on Disney property there might be a few surprises that you won’t see anywhere else. While events take place all year long at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex, Spring Training is what they do the best.
1) Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Even if you’ve visited the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in the past, you need to see it this year. There are new topiaries, including Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The outdoor kitchens are serving up new favorites and classics from the past. The concert series has been given a fresh spin and a new name (Garden Rocks), and there are other events on the weekends. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival gets better each year. You’ll have a great time, take some incredible pictures, and maybe learn something as well. It runs through May 17.