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Everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in April

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A Disney World holiday is always a good idea, but is April the best time for your particular family? 

Each month in Disney brings with it special events, weather, and crowds which can really alter your overall holiday experience. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Disney World on various occasions.

I’m here to help you decide which month is best for you by highlighting everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in April. (And all other months of the year in separate articles.)

Everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in April

Disney World in April is one of the busiest months in the parks. And if you’re looking for a relaxing Disney break, then you may want to think again.

With that being said, if April is the only time you can visit Disney, whether that be because of the UK school holidays or you’d like to head to Orlando when temperatures aren’t sweltering, then April does have its benefits. After all, Disney is magical no matter when you visit. 

The average temperature in Orlando in April

The average temperature in Orlando in April ranges from highs of 29°C (84°F) to lows of 17°C (62°F).

I really enjoy the temperatures in Orlando in April as you don’t have the extreme heat of the summer, and the early mornings and evenings are warmer than those at the start of the year. For families who want to make use of Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and their own resort pools, then the weather in April is ideal.

Additionally, although you will experience a rainy spell here or there, April isn’t yet hurricane season, so for the most part, your trip will be dry and comfortable—but always pack a rain mac just in case. 

How busy is Disney World in April?

April in Disney World is one of the busiest times of the year—alongside December, thanks to large crowds who flock to the parks to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Not only does Easter typically fall in April, but Spring Break—which also occasionally falls in March, depending on the school—also means that kids are off school. With both these holidays and the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend and athletic events that occur at the ESPN Wide World of Sport, you can expect to see large crowds in all Disney World parks.

The Disney resorts will also feel busier than usual in April, especially All Stars Sports, so keep that in mind while booking. 

Special events at Disney World in April

Although the crowds of April may put you off wanting to book, there are so many great events that happen throughout the month that could change your mind entirely. 

I previously visited Disney World in April, and despite the crowds, the special events and festivals were well worth dealing with a few extra people here and there—especially if this isn’t your first time in the parks.

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

One of the biggest highlights of heading to Walt Disney World is the International Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT. The festival, which typically runs from the 1st of March to the first week of July, brings an entirely different feel to EPCOT, transforming it with topiaries, exhibits, and lush, colourful gardens. 

And if beautiful flowers aren’t enough, the festival also brings with it limited-edition treats like frushi and frozen violet lemonade, along with special merchandise and entertainment in the America Gardens Theatre. 

Early Entry for Disney Resort Guests

One of the biggest benefits of staying on-site is the fact that Disney Resort guests can make use of early entry to all four Disney Parks. Depending on the time of the year, guests can enter the parks 30 to 60 minutes before they officially open. 

This extra time in the park can allow you to ride one of the most popular attractions with little to no wait time. Or, if rides aren’t your thing, you can even stroll around the parks, appreciating the intricate theming with very few people around you. 

For me personally, if I’m not jumping on one of the busy attractions, I like to use this time to take photos. There aren’t many opportunities to take photos in front of the castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, or on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios with no one in the background. And nothing beats a crowd-free Disney World photo, right? 

Extra Park Hours for Deluxe Resort Guests

Along with extra time in the park during the mornings, Deluxe Resort guests can enjoy additional time in the parks after closing. These extra hours don’t happen every night, so it’s always best to check the Walt Disney World website before arriving. Or ask reception as you check in at your resort to see which parks qualify for extended evening hours on which date.  

As the parks are open late for Deluxe Resort guests only, you can practically walk on to some of the busiest rides, which would typically have 60+ minute wait times. And if you are travelling with young children, my top tip for extended evening hours is to head back to your resort in the early afternoon to give your kids a nap.

That way, they may be able to stay up until midnight for the extra hours. After all, if your kids can’t stay up late at Disney, then when can they? 

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Another after-hours event—this one ticketed separately from your general park ticket—is the Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On select nights from January through to June, you can purchase tickets to experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM. 

These limited-capacity tickets, which you can use to enter the park from 7:00 PM onwards, include free snacks and refreshments, special meet and greets with some of your favourite Disney characters, and the high possibility of low wait times for the rides like the Tower of Terror, Slinky Dog Dash, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. 

But, as I’m sure you can imagine, these tickets sell out fast. So you really need to be on the ball when Disney releases tickets for dates during your trip. 

Easter at Disney World

Unlike Christmas and Halloween in Disney, Easter isn’t a major holiday that sees huge changes to the parks. However, there are some displays, special meet and greets, egg hunts, and limited edition treats and merchandise.

You’ll find these subtle changes dotted throughout the resort and hotels to celebrate the holiday throughout March and April. 

Earth Day at Animal Kingdom

Did you know that Animal Kingdom’s grand opening was on Earth Day in April 1998? Now, every year, Animal Kingdom has a celebration to commemorate its opening—and Earth Day in general—with special characters, photo opportunities, and merchandise. 

What to wear to Disney World in April

As you can expect highs of 29°C (84°F), you’ll be content in shorts, T-shirts, and dresses. Of course, in the early mornings and evenings, when temperatures are slightly cooler, you’ll more than likely want to pack a jumper or jacket. But for the most part, warm-weather clothing will be more than suitable for your Disney World holiday in April.

In addition to warm weather clothing, you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes that you can walk miles in—literally. The Disney Parks are by no means small, and you can expect to walk over 20,000 steps a day.

Understandably, nice shoes may look better for photos. But your feet will be thanking you—especially on day two or three— for wearing your most comfiest walking shoes. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. 

What should I pack for Disney in April?

Packing for Disney is never a chore—especially in my house—as you get to pack your suitcase full of Disney-themed clothing. If you’re visiting the parks in April, you’ll need T-shirts, shorts, dresses, a jumper, and long pants for the evenings if you feel the cold.  Don’t forget these Disney Packing Essentials either!

Some other essential Disney World packing items include:

Tips for visiting Disney World in April

I’ve done my fair share of Walt Disney World trips, and along the way, I’ve discovered some Disney World Tips and Tricks that really change the game. Whether it’s your first time to the parks or your fiftieth, there is always something new to learn that can help your day run as smoothly as can be. 

Pack Your Own Snacks and Water

During my first few trips to Disney World, I fell victim to purchasing water and snacks in the parks. Now, there is nothing wrong with buying snacks and drinks in the parks, as there are some that really are worth the money—Num Num Cookie and Cheeseburger Spring Rolls are two that are non-negotiable in my eyes. 

But if you’re doing Disney on a budget, or if you have fussy kids who won’t eat any of the snacks on offer, pack your own! I’m not sure why most people think you aren’t allowed to take your own drinks and snacks into the parks—because you can—but it really can save you a lot of money over the course of your trip.

For example, a bottle of water in Disney is around $3.50, and over the period of the day, especially if you have a big family, those prices can really add up. To combat this, take your own water bottles to the park and fill them up in the water bottle refill stations on site.

You can also ask cast members at kiosks with drinks machines to fill them up for you, which keeps costs low and helps the environment at the same time. 

For some packable Disney snack ideas, check out my article Best Snacks to Bring to Disney World.

Rent or Take a Stroller

Strollers are a lifesaver in Disney, no matter how old your kids are. As you already know, the Disney parks are massive, and for kids with little legs, walking around all day can get extremely tiring. Cue the meltdowns.

To save yourself the tears, rent or take your own strollers for your kids to retreat to whenever they feel tired. Not only will they stop your kids complaining, but strollers also act as a shaded area for little ones and a carrier for all your Disney purchases, so really, what’s stopping you? 

You can take your own stroller to the park as long as it is smaller than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length. Or alternatively, Disney rents out hard shell-plastic strollers for $18 for a single and $36 for a double—plus tax.

I’ve rented and taken my own strollers over the years, and they really have come in handy, especially when my kids were very little. 

If you’re wondering what the best stroller for Disney World is, head over to What is the Best Stroller for Disney World? 

Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes

As crowds are at some of their busiest in April, you may want to put aside money for Disney Genie+ or Lightning Lanes. Wait times can be well over 60 minutes (some even over 100 minutes) for particular rides, and if you don’t want to wait that long, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes can really save the day.

You can’t purchase Lightning Lanes or use Disney Genie+ for all rides in the parks, but some of the biggest attractions are on there, which can shave off hours of waiting in queues. For more information on Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes (because I know it can be confusing), I’ve put together an Easy Guide to Using Disney Genie+

Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Queue Cheat Sheet
Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Queue Cheat Sheet

Download the Disney World App

At least one person in your family should download the Disney World app on their phone. The Disney World app has a ton of great features to help you navigate the park, view ride wait times, join virtual queues, and even mobile order food so you don’t have to wait in line. 

There are so many other tools to explore, which is why I highly recommend downloading the app before you even get on the plane. Spend a few minutes looking through the app, learning where everything is so that way you’re prepared, and you know how to use it. 

Book Your Dining Reservations 60 Days in Advance

You’ve never felt stressed until you’re trying to book Disney Dining Reservations for some of Disney’s most popular restaurants. Now guests can book their dining reservations up to 60 days in advance, and when I tell you that you need to be on the ball, I truly mean it. 

Disney restaurants fill up fast—and I’m talking within seconds. And although it is possible to get reservations on the day, for example, if people were a no-show to their booking, for a guaranteed table, you need to be online at 6:00 AM (EDT) to reserve your spot. 

I’ve found it helps to have an additional adult logged in to a separate device to help try book reservations, especially if there are a few places or character dining restaurants that you want to try during your trip.

Schedule Naps into Your Day

As the temperature in April gets hotter, I’ve found it helps to schedule naps during the hottest part of the day. Or if your kids are too old for naps, then at least a trip back to the hotel for a cool down and a swim in the pool

Disney park days are a lot. And it’s hard for kids to be in the parks from rope drop until closing. I always like to take my girls back to the hotel at around 1 o’clock when the sun is at its hottest.

After a few hours of swimming and relaxing, we then head back to the parks and finish off the remainder of the day in a much better mood than if we stayed in the park all day. 

FAQs 

How busy is Orlando in April? 

Orlando is extremely busy in April as many schools in America break up for Spring Break. With the addition of the Easter holidays in April, you can expect to see large crowds throughout Orlando and Disney World for the duration of the month. 

What to wear to Disney in April? 

As temperatures reach a comfortable 29°C (84°F) in April, T-shirts, shorts, and dresses are appropriate Disney World attire. You may also want to pack a jumper and long pants for the evening—especially if you tend to feel the cold. 

Are Disney parks busy in April? 

Disney parks are extremely busy in April as many schools throughout America break up for Spring Break and Easter. You can expect to see large crowds throughout all four parks, both Disney water parks and the Disney hotels, as people flock to Orlando to make the most of the school holidays. 

Is Disney World worth it in April?

Disney World is worth it in April as there is ideal weather and special events like the International Flower and Garden Festival. However, April is one of the busiest times to visit Disney, thanks to Spring Break and Easter, so it may not be for everyone.

If you’re after a relaxing holiday in Disney, then April probably isn’t the time for you, and you may prefer to visit in February or March when crowds are significantly lower. 

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