Walt Disney World March 2010 – Crowd levels, Ride Closures, Attraction Refurbishments, and Special Events

January 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm 1 comment

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in March that you need to know about:

 Walt Disney World Resort & Theme Parks Crowd Level Warnings:

1.      Crowds will get heavy around March 13th as people enjoy their Spring break at Walt Disney World.   The early part of the month will have low to moderate crowds.    Low crowds mean shorter hours and fewer shows so plan accordingly.  

2.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered March 4, 7, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 & 31.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive 60-90 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.  Disney may add a second, later performance on certain evenings as we get close to Easter– if they do, the later showing of Fantasmic! will always be less crowded than the earlier one   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Any day with both an Extra Magic Hour(s) and Fantasmic! will be especially busy.  Warning:  This show  is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.  For a full description, see our article at http://www.squidoo.com/Fantasmic-at-walt-disney-world 

3.     SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is not offered every night and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on March 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.   If Disney offers a second evening parade, the later parade will be less crowded than the earlier.   Any day that the Magic Kingdom offers both an Extra Magic Hour(s) and SpectroMagic Parade will be especially busy.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guests)  We strongly recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day during Spring Break.    Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

7.      Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom Open Early– Spring Break.  The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will open at 8:00AM for all guests from March 28thth – April 10th.  This is an hour earlier than the typical opening.  You’ll want to be at the gates by 7:45AM to take advantage of the shortest lines of the day.

8.     A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  You can spend your spring breaks in line or you can use a touring plan will make sure you see and do the things that are important to you in a way that keeps lines to a minimum. We provide three choices for custom touring plans – 1) a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, a highly respected online planning service and Disney planning community with 45,000 members, 2) the 2010 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the most popular guide book available with information on every resort, restaurant, attraction and activity, and 3) our Custom Service, where we select the most appropriate touring plans and provide advice for customization for your specific group based on your preferences – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip

Special Events At Walt Disney World in March 2010

1.      Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival – March 3 – May 16, 2010.  No extra ticket needed – included with your park admission. Expect Epcot to be in full bloom with flowers, topiaries, gardening demonstrations, and special activities.  

2.     2010 Disney’s Princess Half  Marathon.  March 5-7, 2010.   This popular event doesn’t really affect your time in the park but you will notice participants and their families in the resorts.  Be sure to book your accomodations early if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World that includes these dates.  For full details, see: http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.com/dwws/en_US/events/eventDetail/detail?name=PrincessHalfMarathonDetailPage&bhcp=1

3.  Atlanta Braves Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Formerly known as Disney’s Wilde World of Sports)  2010 SPRING TRAINING HOME SCHEDULE:

March 3 — New York Mets 1:05 PM
March 4 — Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
March 5 — Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
March 7 — Houston Astros 1:05 PM
March 9 — Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 PM
March 10 — New York Mets 1:05 PM
March 12 — Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
March 13 — Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 PM
March 16 — Florida Marlins 1:05 PM
March 19 — Detroit Tigers 6:05 PM
March 21 — St Louis Cardinals 1:05 PM
March 24 — Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 PM
March 26 — Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
March 27 — Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
March 30 — New York Yankees 1:05 PM
March 31 — Houston Astros 1:05 PM

5.     Celebrate Tonight – Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini Street Parties featuring a DJ and stilt walkers lead dances, the limbo, party games, and sign-alongs.  They only last about 20 minutes each but are a lot of fun.  Sunday – Thursday:  intermittently 5:00pm– 11:00pm.  Friday – Saturday:  intermittently 6:00pm– Midnight.  Check on the hour and half hour.

Disneyworld Attraction Closures & refurbishments – March 2010:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (water park) – will be closed January 10th – March 20th for its annual refurbishment.
  • Mickey’s Toontown Square – date to be announced.  At some point, Mickey’s ToonTown Fair will close as Disney begins a major expansion on Fantasyland.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Theme Park Touring Plans

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  •  Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Free Theme Park Touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

 You can purchase vacation planning services & touring plans from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

If you have questions or are interested in our services:

  •  just call us toll free at 877-815-6515
  •  or use the online form 

 Thank you,

Stephen

 Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
International callers: 719-495-5698

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