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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

How to have a great vacation during crowded seasons

Updated: May 16

The upcoming spring break season is one of the busiest for theme parks every year outside of the holidays, where Universal Orlando Resort often filled to capacity. Walt Disney World® Resort's park reservations have also been completely booked on multiple days during the upcoming season, meaning all of Orlando's theme parks will be busy. Compounding with a pandemic, that makes it ever more important to take the necessary steps to have a safe-but-enjoyable vacation.

Use Your Destination's Mobile App

Theme parks all now have mobile apps where you can upload your ticket (for easier and faster entry into Universal Orlando Resort), mobile order food and check wait times. The apps make for a faster, more convenient experience, and they allow you to more easily get to low-traffic areas and attractions.

Order Food Early

When dining at locations that do not require a reservation, plan ahead and order on the destination's app before you're ready to eat. Mobile ordering is now heavily advertised and is no longer a lesser-known secret, and wait times to pick up your food and find a seat can back up even on moderate-crowd days. Most locations will let you set a pickup time, and doing so in advance means you'll get your preferred dining time without having to wait extended times. Should the location not let you select your dining time, your wait will at least put you dining closer to your preferred time.

Get to the Parks Early

Universal handles capacity on a first-come, first-serve basis, and Walt Disney World Resort is not offering FastPass+ at this time. Marquee attractions will fill quickly, as will parks, so arriving to the parks before they officially open is the most sure-fire way to either get a spot in the theme park or in line at your must-do attractions.

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