Last year around this time, my family spent a few days of its April school vacation taking advantage of the final patches of snow that Sunday River had to offer.
This year, we spent a portion of the break at Disney World, where the only activity resembling skiing takes place at the blizzard-themed water park at the Florida resort.
Acknowledging the overwhelming popularity of Orlando as a family destination during spring break, there was decidedly something different about this trip to Disney World, a place long-known for overwhelming crowds and wait times better suited for the DMV.
Despite the masses of people crowding the parks and resort hotels over a three-day span, the lines for attractions remained long, but not unbearable. Much of the crowd control might be attributed to Disney’s new Genie-Plus and Lightning Lane offerings, a couple of premium park features that have replaced the ever-popular Fastpass, a free, first-come, first-serve ticketing system that allowed participants to skip the lines altogether.