Its that time of year again. The quiet time at the parks has come to an end and Spring Break 2022 is upon us. The only problem is that there was no “quiet” time this year at the Orlando parks. President Day weekend at the end of February had record crowds in the park to the point where Disney did not have any open reservations for President’s Day weekend or the entire following week.
Spring Break for college students in the United States is generally the second and third weeks of March (dependent on college) and in the past has always been a beach destination (Those that remember MTV’s Spring Break from Panama City Beach, FL in the 80’s). Although beach resorts are still a major destination, more and more college students head for Orlando.
It is hard to gauge how busy it will be this year. Due to the pandemic, we do not have accurate numbers from 2021 to compair for this year. Although with COVID restrictions being eliminated and case numbers plummeting like a rock throughout the entire country, this year’s Spring Break at the parks is shaping up to be a doozy.
As of this post (March 8, 2022) Disney is showing a list of very long wait times of up to and over two hours for rides such at Seven Dwarfs, Frozen Ever After, Slinky Dog Dash, and Tower of Terror. Star Wars, Rise of the Resistance is currently at an almost Three Hour Standby Wait.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are fairing a bit better at the moment with most of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” ride hovering around the 60 minute wait time.
SeaWorld currently has a much lighter crowd with wait-times around 45 minutes. This could be due to the fact that SeaWorld is only open until 6PM today, where Magic Kingdom is open until 11PM, Epcot and Hollywood Studios are until 9PM and Animal Kingdom is until 8:30PM. Over at Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are open until 7PM, with Citywalk open until 12am.
No matter how you look at it, the entire Orlando and Central Florida areas are going to be extremely busy for the next two weeks. If you are visiting or live in the area, a lot of patents is going to be needed. Just think, once Spring Break is done, it will only be three weeks until April School Vacations start and the whole cycle starts again.
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