Best time to go to Orlando in March or April

Monday, April 17, 2006 9:50 AM
Hello. I'll be going to Orlando in March or April of next year. I'm wondering the times to avoid as far as spring breakers go (all school levels, including college). I don't want to go if there is any chance of hitting big crowds due to spring break. I know that a lot of places have it in March and April. When is the best time to go during these months? I'm planning to go to IOA and a few Disney parks.

Please forgive me if this has been brought up before. I didn't see anything about it in the forum.

Thanks!

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Monday, April 17, 2006 9:52 AM
Definetely early March. Not so big crowds and perfect weather.
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Monday, April 17, 2006 3:24 PM
It's probably hard to judge, but I would say early March. Is Orlando really a big spring break spot? It's not what I would call a party spot like south Florida. Anyways....I was at IOA and Universal Studios February 27th and 28th of this year. The longest wait was for the Mummy which was about 45 minutes. They only had one side running on the Mummy. I didn't wait over 20 minutes for any ride at IOA.
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Monday, April 17, 2006 5:00 PM
Early March OR late April are the best. As for the two weeks to avoid, just spot Easter Sunday on any religious calendar. It jumps around from late March to early April. Once you've found it avoid the week leading up to Easter and the week the follows.

On the plus side, if you do go during that time you will have insane park hours. This past week, Magic Kingdom was open from 8am to midnight (or 7am to midnight if you were staying at one of the on-site resorts). Even Animal Kingdom was open from 8am to 8pm (it's usually a 9am to 6pm park). Disney-MGM was closing at 10:30pm.

It's still a better experience if you avoid those dates and lead with the shorter operating hours, but it's not the end of the world if that's the only time that you can go.

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Monday, April 17, 2006 5:31 PM
Check out Disney's prices for on-site hotel stay (even if you are not planning on staying on-property). The higher the price, the more people they expect that time of year.
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Monday, April 17, 2006 10:19 PM
When I went for Holy Week (the week before Easter) in 1999 I had a great time at Disney, the parks were not too crowded and open insane hours, as for Easter itself, just dont go to the MK, we went to Epcot and had near walk ons on every ride. The Monday after Easter though (we spent the morning at MK before flying out) was a zoo, do not go the week after Easter.
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Monday, April 17, 2006 10:58 PM
I just got back from Disney and was there for two days this past week (Wed/Thurs). The wait for anything in Epcot that was a major attraction was 45 minutes + (partially due to Mission Space being down due to the incident).

Over at Animal Kingdom it was a little better for everything except Everest. About a 20 minute wait for everything was normal, and EE was about 40 minutes. But that single rider line saved my bacon a bunch of times for EE. I got on 4 times in an hour using that.

So, I wouldn't go near Easter unless you're expecting longer wait times and slightly better weather. Early March still sounds good.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 1:28 AM

onceler said:
Check out Disney's prices for on-site hotel stay (even if you are not planning on staying on-property). The higher the price, the more people they expect that time of year.

Good advice. Also, check Universal's prices for their Express. They, too, are more expensive on busier-expected days.

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