Spring break season has arrived and for many families that means a much anticipated trip to Walt Disney World is right around the corner. If you are blessed to be visiting this Spring, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the recently introduced Magic Bands and Fast Pass + system, Starbuck’s (YES!!!) stores in Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and all kinds of new merchandise to enjoy. When it comes to special events and activities that will only happen at this time of year, I’ve got a list of eight that truly catch my eye ~ check them out!
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
For me, the park wide transformation that takes place for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the most amazing of any park all year long. This is the season that I served my WDW College Program Internship and still to this day, its I remain beyond smitten the the breathtaking beauty only the Flower and Garden Festival can offer. So much so that a few years ago I gave it an entire post! As the festival has evolved, it has grown well beyond the garden fence to include incredible outdoor kitchens with amazing food from items grown on property and a wonderful concert series held on Thursday nights too. One of my favorite family friendly features has to be the addition of mini parks and play areas like the one above. These enable children to play their way through Epcot all day long. When it comes to creativity and discovery, Epcot never disappoints!
Atlanta Braves Spring Training
If you know me at all you know I adore baseball. I miss living in a town with Major League Baseball but I’m grateful for the minor league and collegiate teams that we have in the Raleigh area. But for baseball fans, there’s nothing like the magic of spring training and if you visit Walt Disney World for Spring break, you’ll be able to catch the Atlanta Braves in their 18th season at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports through Saturday April 4th. Spring training is one of the best times of the year to see players new and old close up and personal thanks to smaller stadiums and a family friendly atmosphere that reminds me why I love this game. I had the chance to visit ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex baseball facilities during the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and as a sports mom who is also a baseball fan, it was heaven! I could have stayed all day and truly felt like I was home. To make sure fans of all ages have the ball park visit of their dreams, Disney offers themed games that include Princess and Pirates, Star Wars, Salute to the Troops, and you are always welcome to come dressed to any Spring Training Game in your favorite character costumes. Special activities include pre-game parades, face painting, photo opportunities, games, and of course special appearances from your favorite characters on the field throughout the game. Its the perfect storm of baseball and pixie dust!
Disney is masterful at making sure to integrate its beloved history with all things wonderful and brand new. This Spring you’ll find Cinderella’s actual carriage ~ I’m totally NOT joking ~ on display at Hollywood Studios. This coincides with the promotion of the movie’s release in mid March and you’ll find it there through the beginning of May. I got to see it up close and personal and I kid you not I was just waiting for Fairy God Mother to appear!
Parades Throughout the Day
I love a magical parade and thankfully Disney is masterful at creating the best parades around! This Spring the Festival of Fantasy Parade takes place daily at three o’clock and you’ll be in awe of the floats, walking dance troupes, and delight this parade includes. Total side bar ~ while serving in the WDW College Program, one of our most common questions? “What time is the three o’clock parade?” I’m totally serious!
Water Parks Are Open
Ask a child what they love about traveling and so often you’ll hear them talk about the hotel pool. Disney Parks captured that magic by creating special water parks where you can spend the entire day taking in the fun. For the thrill seekers in the crowd, Disney’s Blizzard Beach boasts some of the most daring water rides in the entire nation! Themed as if a snowstorm blasted Disney, its outfitted with steep slopes, ski gear, and snow caps that make you feel like you are at a snow resort. Tailor made for daredevils and the families who love them, making time for Blizzard Beach is just smart planning.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is based on a tropical paradise theme. Complete with a coral reef that enables you to snorkel with tropical fish, sharks, and sting rays ~ this is completely unexpected and so incredibly cool! You’ll also find boats fishing gear, surfboards and more making it an active water sports destination too. If you have a surfer on board, you can even arrange for group or private surfing lessons right there in the water park!
Disney’s Wild Africa Trek
While open all year long, Spring is a beautiful time to take Disney’s Wild Africa Trek because the weather is mild and the experience is amazing. I had the chance to take the trek during the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration and I could not have loved it more! Led by 2 guides with your personal safety in mind at all times, you are outfitted in safety gear and given extensive guidance about the tour and what you will see and do. Part of your trek is truly a trek, hiking through the landscape on trails and bridges just as you would in the jungles of Africa.And finally you have a wonderful lunch on the Sahara where you are up close and personal, able to see wild animals in their natural habitats incredibly close and majestically walking the land they love. A great activity for tweens and older, it shows an entirely different side of the magic that is Disney Parks, making Animal Kingdom a family favorite of ours forever more.
Timeless Walt Disney World Performances
The Main Street U.S.A. Spring Trolley Show is an iconic gem that happens every single day at the Magic Kingdom. Arriving in a horse drawn trolley and dressed in every pastel color of the rainbow, the cast carries bouquets of flowers and ribbons while they serenade guests with some of the most welcoming tunes around. I was so excited to see them during the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration ~ I couldn’t help but sing along and truly, I could totally quit my day job and audition in a heartbeat!
Outdoor Activities at Fort Wilderness
The true hidden gem for those looking to get away and relax just might be Fort Wilderness. Based on a wild west theme with Disney’s magical touch, you’ll discover a wealth of unique activities worth the visit. Dine while you enjoy the show for the iconic Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue now in its 40th year and then enjoy a night under the stars by the campfire roasting marshmallows. Head out early in the day and go horse back riding, ride bikes, or take archery lessons while you are there. It truly is a spot that offers unexpected activities to enhance any visit to Disney Parks.
Clearly, spending Spring break at Walt Disney World is the trip of a lifetime. I love knowing that there will be all kinds of seasonal activities and events happening that will give the parks a unique and special feeling everywhere we turn. Tell me…
What is your favorite activity during Spring Break at Walt Disney World?
No matter what time of year that you visit Walt Disney World, it all begins with a magical plan. Check out our Disney Tips Pinterest Board for all kinds tips you might love our Disney Vacation Planning Tips playlist over on YouTube to help you with the finer points. Finally for that ultimate packing list, visit our FREE Printables Library where you’ll find our two page form with all the reminders you need for both you AND your kids to pack up and go.
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!