Every time I hear one of my friends say they’re going to Disneyland for Spring Break, I wince and tell them: DON’T!
As many of you already know, I’m a teacher so my vacation schedule has been tied to school calendars even before my own kid was in school. So when my son was a wee toddler, I decided to take him to Disneyland the week after Easter. I had thought that this was the perfect time to take him: I had a whole week off, and the weather had turned warm and beautiful after a month of miserable storms. Besides, it had to be better than going during the blistering and busy summer months. Right?
Uh, the answer is no.
Disneyland is just as busy during Spring Break as it is during summer vacation. There will be over an hour wait for Dumbo, you will have to karate-chop somebody with your umbrella stroller to get on the parking tram, and the price tag for all this family fun will still be the same.
If you want to visit Disneyland in Spring, and don’t want to pull your kids out of school, you will have better luck if:
1. You go during the middle of the week, rather than on a weekend.
2. Your kids’ Spring Break is not the week after Easter. Most southern California districts have this week off every year.
3. Go on the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day.
4. Adjust your expectations. You may not get to go on as many rides, but with a little planning, you can still have a good vacation.