Spring break is one of the busiest times of year for the Orlando theme parks, the only busier periods are the 4th of July and the week of Christmas. You can still have a great time even if the parks are at peak capacity, if you plan things out in advance. Use some of the following strategies to make the most of your Spring break Orlando vacation:

Stay on site: Choose your favorite theme park and select a hotel that is on site. Why? Because as a guest of the resort, you’ll receive some perks that will help you make the most of your trip. While this is nice any time, it will make a huge difference during Spring Break. Love the magic of Disney? Stay on site and you’ll get into a select park an hour early each day. Can’t get enough of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Head to a Universal resort and get a free express pass for some of your favorite attractions when you stay on site.

Stay at an onsite hotel for some “guests only” perks. Photo courtesy the Walt Disney Company

Be an early bird…or a night owl: Scrap your usual schedule and hit the parks super early – as in 5 am early. Not ready to face “it’s a small world” quite so early in the day? Then sleep in and arrive at the park at dinnertime – and stay until the wee hours of the morning.

Avoid the afternoons: No matter what your strategy – arrive early or stay late—avoid the parks in the afternoon. You will stand in line for a very long time to accomplish very little. Instead, relax at your resort pool, go mini golfing, or visit one of Orlando’s more offbeat attractions, like Titanic: the Experience or Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Stay safe: if you are heading to one of Universal Orlando’s nightly parties, or hitting the local nightlife scene, drive with care, and watch out for impaired drivers. Unfamiliar roads, high traffic levels and the Spring Break festivities can make the area more dangerous than usual.