Osceola County and Orange County public schools will be out next week on Spring Break. This is a time for many families to take advantage of the nearby Orlando theme parks for something fun to do. Neither parents or children want to sit around and be bored! There are many Florida resident specials and multi-day passes that make going to Walt Disney World more affordable.

Epcot at Walt Disney World

If you are an Annual Passholder, you can now replace your old paper passes for the new plastic swipe cards on your first visit back to this Orlando theme park. Head over to the Odyssey Center at Epcot on a weekday afternoon with your annual pass and exchange it for your new one. These new cards let you enter faster at the gate by simply swiping it in front of the Mickey Mouse sensor at the gate. Quickly you are in and ready to have fun.

While these new cards are not the future MagicBand, a wristband that guests will eventually have for their park ticket, they do get you one step closer to the new MyMagic+ system that Walt Disney World will be putting into place, possibly later this year. Once the wristbands are in place, you will not need tickets, room keys, FastPasses or even your credit card! Talk about magic!

If you are planning to visit this Orlando theme park over Spring Break, there is a new policy effective Saturday, March 23. Anyone under the age of 14 will not be allowed into the park without someone older than 14 accompanying them. A child trying to enter the park that is underage may be stopped by the cast, and their parent or guardian will be contacted.

This new policy is to help protect children and brings consistency to Disney’s age limit rules for all of their parks. Whether it will effect the Spring Break local crowd is doubtful, however, parents should be aware of this new policy. No more dropping off at the gate and returning later to pick up your young Spring Breaker.

One thing is for sure, during Spring Break the Orlando theme parks will be filling up fast. Use the Florida discount and multiple day discounts and enjoy all of the new features the attractions have to offer. We are lucky to have such a great vacation destination right in our own backyard. Enjoy!

Last Updated on March 20, 2013