Last Minute March Break Getaway Tips

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February is coming to an end and March Break is quickly approaching for Canadian families. I’ve had a lot of people asking me about tackling Disney World during March Break so I wanted to pass along some of my favourite tips and tricks.

Disney World March Break Tips

Canadian specific deals

If you haven’t booked for March Break yet, it’s not too late. Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is offering a Good Neighbor Deal for Canadians looking to visit the parks from now until May, 2016.

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Tackling the crowds

There are a number of tips to tackling the crowds at Disney World during March Break. First and foremost, you can book most things at Disney World from home before you leave. This includes Fastpass reservations to skip some of the lines and restaurant reservations. Head over to My Disney Experience to make those reservations now and start planning. Once you are at Disney World the following tips will also help you avoid the masses:

  • Don’t worry about Extended Magic Hours: Each day one park has Extended Magic Hours for Disney Resort Guests. Historically, the park with the magic hours tends to be busiest on those days.  If the Magic Hours are at the Magic Kingdom, sleep in and head to Epcot or Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Take Breaks: Crows are overwhelming for the whole family. Make sure to take breaks at your hotel pool or in your room. We tend to leave the park by 1 pm and only head back around 4 pm. It gives the whole family time to decompress and the kids are then better able to enjoy the parades and fireworks each night.
  •  Fireworks: You don’t need to be seated right in from of the castle to enjoy the Fireworks. When you check in to your hotel, ask the staff where the closest location you can see them from is or even better if they have a room with a view of them. We have spent many a night enjoying the Disney fireworks away from the crows and not having to battle the foot traffic to get back to the resort.

Saving money

With the Canadian dollar at it’s lowest point in a few years, I’m sure you will all be looking for ways to save a few dollars while at Disney World this March Break. One of the simplest tricks is to know that cups of water and ice are free at Disney World. Instead of buying bottled water head to any location selling fountain pop and ask for water. They will happily give you some. Here are a few other things that are surprisingly free:

  • Medication: Have a headache at Disney? You don’t need to buy a bottle of Tylenol or Advil onsite. Head to the medical centre within each park and within minutes a nurse will hand you what you need.
  • Balloons: Before the parades and shows, your kids will see balloons for sale and probably ask for them. The balloons can run you quite a bit of money. Instead, wait until you get back to the resort and head to the front desk. Staff have balloons on hand and make fun balloon animals, swords and flowers for free.
  • Photos: What most people don’t know is that the Disney staff photographers can take photos with your camera or phone for free. I always let them take one with their camera and then politely ask them to take one with mine. We have purchased some of their photos with fun add-ons like Tinkerbell but also enjoy having a free version of the rest of them on our camera.

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