Though we tend to focus on the holiday and summer months as big traffic seasons for Walt Disney World, in recent years the Spring Break season, which lasts from mid-March to the end of April, has really come into its own as quite the busy travel season. And now that this season has officially kicked off for 2017, it looks like this year could be the biggest yet for this school holiday, with guests pouring into the resort over the past few days in massive amounts, not only at the theme parks, but at Disney Springs as well, which has seen packed parking garages and huge lines for food over the past few days.

However, the good news here for guests planning to visit over the next month is that Disney has done some interesting things over the past few weeks to try and prepare the resort for this sudden influx of springtime guests.

1. A new ride for Typhoon Lagoon is now open

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Although Walt Disney World’s two water parks are the most visited in the world, attendance at these parks actually only makes up a small percentage of the total guests that come to the resort on a given day. However, in an attempt to perhaps relieve pressure on the theme parks and drive guests towards the water parks, Disney has opened up a new water park attraction for only the second time in their history: Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon. 

This new raft ride is unique among its peers, as it is a story-driven experience that revolves around the fictitious Captain Mary Oceaneer, a treasure-hunting heroine who got stranded at Typhoon Lagoon years ago by a rogue storm. During guests' journey through Captain Oceaneer’s past, they will be able to see artifacts that Captain Mary Oceaneer collected on her many treasure hunts around the world as they zoom by.

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Miss Adventure Falls has been designed to be a family-friendly attraction, and will be one of the only water slides at a Disney water park that does not have a height restriction of any kind. This attraction will use rafts that up to four guests will be able to sit in, and as long as you and your party can all sit up straight and hang on, everyone can ride together. You can read more about this new attraction (and its connection to Atlantis: The Lost Empire) here

2. Additional Rivers of Light shows and extended hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney is continuing to ramp things up at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the lead up to the opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar, and in an effort to bring guests to this park this spring (before the May opening of this new land) Disney is giving guests an additional chance to see its latest nighttime spectacular.
Effective immediately, Rivers of Light will be performed twice nightly on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with performances now happening at 8:45 PM and 10:00 PM. Additionally, Disney's Animal Kingdom will be extending its hours on nights when Rivers of Light is performed twice, now closing to guests at 9:30 PM


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