Top 10 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World RIGHT NOW, Spring 2016 Edition

There is no wrong time of the year to visit Walt Disney World, but there is something special about the spring. The parks are alive with color, and the days are getting longer so you’ll have more time to play in the sun. If you have Disney on the mind, here are ten excuses that you can use for a last minute trip. For some of the things on this list you have a little bit of time to plan, for others you will need to leave for Central Florida immediately. If you want to experience everything, you’ll need to visit twice in the next few weeks. You can thank us later.

10. Weather

The weather is warming up all over the country, but what does that mean for you? Melting snow, nights that are still cold, and squishy brown mud are the norm in many places. If you’d like to experience warm days and comfortable nights, that is reason enough to head to Walt Disney World immediately. In a few weeks the almost daily storms will roll in, so you don’t have much time.

9. Visit Both Water Parks

Each fall and winter during the colder months one water park will close for several weeks for refurbishment. When that reopens, the second one will close. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park has been closed since the beginning of January, but it will reopen on March 20, and both parks will then be open daily. While your friends back home are bragging that they can trade their heavy winter coats for their light winter coats, you can instead be relaxing in a lazy river. Plan your trip now, and include two water park days.

8. Avoid the Summer Crowds

This summer is going to be amazing at Walt Disney World. New rides, shows, shops, and stores are set to open. As exciting as it sounds, that means that the crowds are going to be larger than ever once summer rolls around. If you would rather spend your vacation with just the current attractions and don’t like large crowds, now is the time to visit.

7. La Nouba Update

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs is a show that everyone needs to experience once. If you’ve been in the past, you need to experience it twice. La Nouba has been updated, with new acts that will leave you more speechless than the old ones did! Don’t worry, many old favorites are still part of the show. If you think that La Nouba is a bit on the expensive side, make it a splurge. Remember that there are no bad seats in the theater, so don’t worry that you won’t be able to see if you buy cheaper seats. If cost isn’t a factor, make a reservation for L’Experience: The Ultimate Way to Experience La Nouba. It’s a fun behind the scenes tour, and Front and Center seats are included. Call 407-939-7328 for more information.

6. Spring Training

Spring Training is underway in Central Florida, and you don’t have much time if you hope to catch a game. The final Spring Training game of the season will be held on April 2. The Atlanta Braves call the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex their preseason home. You’ll be able to see current and possibly future stars. Family Four Packs are available, which include tickets, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. True, the games don’t count, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t still a lot of fun.

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5. Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

Wouldn’t you like to be able to cheer on the first ever Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side participants? The races are sold out, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t show up and cheer. The races will start with a 5K on April 15. On April 16 the 10K will be held. Everything wraps up with the half marathon on April 17. There’s a good chance that the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend will become an annual event, but this will be your only chance to witness the first one.

4. Rivers of Light

It’s been a couple of years since the plans for a nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were announced, and the wait is almost over. Rivers of Light is set to debut on April 22, and it is going to be spectacular. The show will include water screens, illuminated lanterns, fountains, live performers, and a lot more. The story will feature two storytellers and four animal spirit guides. No information on potential soft openings has been released.

3. Streets of America

Ground on the new Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled to break sometime in April, and they are going to have to break that ground somewhere. A good part of the Streets of America section of the park is scheduled to close on April 2. Set to close are Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, Studio Catering Co., Watto’s Grotto, the Monster’s Inc. meet and greet, and The Writer’s Stop. The park will stay open until 9:30 that evening, allowing guests as much time as possible in the park before it changes forever. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular will end its run on April 30, but will be replaced by a new Star Wars themed fireworks show this summer. It has also been reported that the Earful Tower is going to be removed, but no date for that has been given.

2. The End of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Another Streets of America closure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios deserves its own mention. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show officially opened at the park on May 5, 2005, as part of The Greatest Celebration on Earth. Since then, it has been wowing crowds and letting people in on behind the scenes movie making secrets. Rumors of the popular show’s cancellation have been circulating for years, and on January 15 it was announced that the final day would be April 2. If you want to experience the fuel fumes and adrenaline rush one last time, you need to head to Walt Disney World immediately. There will be three shows a day for the final two weeks, which are also the crowded weeks surrounding Easter.

1. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is already in full bloom, so to speak, and it is better than ever. This year features 13 outdoor kitchens, over 70 topiaries (including the debut of Huey, Dewey and Louie), seminars, demonstrations, and more. The kids will love Harmony Gardens Musical Playground. Garden Rocks Concert Series takes place on weekends only and features returning favorites such as Herman’s Hermits and new acts like Bad Company. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs until May 30 this year, but visit now before the Florida heat and humidity return in full force.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.