Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit Walt Disney World. If you’re thinking about taking a spur of the moment trip but need a good reason to drop everything and head to Central Florida, here are ten of them.
Do you live in the Northeast? The area has been hit with three Nor’easters in the month of March alone! Pack a bag while waiting for the airports to get back on a normal schedule, then catch the next plane to Orlando. No one will blame you.
9. Spring Break
Spring Break is right around the corner for many school systems. Why not surprise your kids with a trip to Walt Disney World? They’ll have a fantastic time without missing school, and you’ll get a break from the real world as well.
8. Daylight Savings Time
With Daylight Savings Time here, you’ll have an extra hour of sunshine each day in the parks. You’ll feel like you can get more done because of that hour. Florida is the Sunshine State, and if you visit right now you’ll be able to enjoy that sunshine. The almost daily summer storms have not yet moved in, so you will be able to savor your time outdoors.
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7. PhotoPass on Instagram
If you use Instagram there is now a new reason to love it. You can find your PhotoPass pictures on Instagram! Just head to the Disney PhotoPass Service Instagram page. While the service isn’t going anywhere, you should still head to Walt Disney World immediately so that you can try it out and let others know how it works. It’s all in the name of research.
6. Children’s Activity Centers
Many kids ages three through 12 love the Children’s Activity Centers that are located at some of the Deluxe Resorts. The sad news is that they are all closing on July 31. If your kids want to experience them one more time, you’d better head to Walt Disney World soon. The good news is that a new experience is coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, starting on April 13. It will be for kids ages four through 12, and it will have a Pixar theme. Reservations will soon be open, and you do not need to be staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
5. Spring Training
Major League Baseball Spring Training is currently underway. You can watch the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex through March 24. If you have always planned to catch a game but haven’t gotten around to it you should not put it off any longer. Next year will be the final one that the Braves play at Walt Disney World.
4. The Edison
The Edison at Disney Springs opened in early 2018 to large crowds. The restaurant that turns into a nightclub at 10:00 is still hot, but the crowds have become slightly more reasonable. You’ll also want to check out Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante and Enzo’s Hideaway. All three are in the same complex at Disney Springs, and the food and the atmosphere are amazing.
3. UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about to hit its 20th anniversary, and a new show is on the way to help celebrate. UP! A Great Bird Adventure will feature Russell and Dug from the popular Pixar movie UP. Different birds will also be part of the show. UP! A Great Bird Adventure will debut on April 22, so you do have a little bit of time to plan your trip.
2. Toy Story Land Opens June 30
Toy Story Land is going to open on June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That means that many families are planning summer trips to Walt Disney World in order to experience Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. When they’re done in the new land, they’ll then hit Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Tours. They’ll also want to watch the shows. Summer crowds at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be the heaviest that they’ve been in a long time, possibly ever. Visit now so that you can hit everything in the park with shorter waits. You can always plan another short trip just for Toy Story Land if you want.
1. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
The 25th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is underway, and it is more beautiful than ever! The popular topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters are back. This year features 15 outdoor kitchens. You’ll also find several gardens, The Goodness Garden Butterfly House, and a fun play area for the kids. The Garden Rocks concert series has returned as well. Artists include Simple Plan, Survivor, Rick Springfield, and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. If you want to catch a show but not wait in line, book a Garden Rocks Dining Package. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs daily through May 28, with the concerts taking place three times nightly Fridays through Mondays.