Disneyland in April: What to Expect will give you six things to consider when planning your Disneyland Vacation in April!Disneyland in April: What to Expect

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April is a wonderful time to visit The Disneyland Resort. It is also a pretty popular time to go, especially around Easter. A lot of people in Southern California and surrounding states choose to spend their Spring Break at Disneyland. If you know what to plan for, you will have a great time! Use this article, Disneyland in April: What to Expect, to help plan an awesome vacation! Here are six things to think about! Going in May? Check out How to ROCK Disneyland in May!

#1 Disneyland Crowd Sizes in April

Disneyland April Crowd Calendar

Special Events in April

  • Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival March 10-April 16
  • The Main Street Electrical Parade through June 18

As you can see from the calendar above, April has a lot of busy days due to the Easter holiday and Spring Break season. It can still be manageable if you plan ahead. Find out what rides have the Fast Pass option and be ready to utilize it. If you have a Star Wars Fan, make sure you check out this guide to Jedi Training at Disneyland. It can really come in handy on a busy day! If you’re wondering about crowd levels at other times of the year, you can find a crowd calendar for each month of 2017 in The Best Days to Visit Disneyland in 2017.

#2 Average Weather at Disneyland in April

The average high temperatures at Disneyland in April are in the mid to upper 70s and lows are in the 50s. The weather forecast for Disneyland in April calls for mostly sunny or partly cloudy days with a few rain showers here and there. The weather is always unpredictable and can change. Make sure you check the current weather forecast before you leave, so you know what to expect.

#3 What to Pack for Disneyland in April

Knowing what to pack for Disneyland in April is important. You don’t want to be unprepared and end up having to spend your vacation budget on things that could easily have been brought from home with a little planning. Make sure you check out my post on How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney. Here are a few things you might want to consider packing if you’ll be traveling to Disneyland in April.

Pack and Umbrella or Poncho & Stroller Protection

Although the weather forecast for Disneyland in April currently doesn’t call for much rain, we all know that the weather is unpredictable. Be prepared with a small travel umbrella or a poncho. These things can easily be kept in the car or hotel room if rain isn’t in the forecast that day.  A poncho can  come in handy though, to wear on rides like Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run to keep your clothes dry. If you have a stroller with you, You’ll also need to think about keeping it, and your child, dry if rain strikes. Some strollers have covers you can buy, that are specifically made for them, but they can be expensive. I like to buy a shower curtain liner from Dollar Tree and use cloths pins to hold in place over the stroller. It costs $2.00 and works like a champ!

Pack Sun Protection

The California sun can be brutal, even in the Spring months. Make sure that you are ready for the UV rays by packing some sunblock and a hat. Also make sure your kids are protected too. Nothing ruins a magical vacation like a sunburn!

Pack a Travel Blanket

A travel blanket is also a good idea to bring along to Disneyland in April. Not only will it keep you warm on those cool April mornings and nights, but it can also serve another purpose. It can be a great way to save a spot to sit on while watching the parades and fireworks shows!

Pack Clothing For Both Warm and Cold Weather

The mornings and evenings at Disneyland in April can be kind of chilly, but the days will be warm. This makes packing clothing for Disneyland in April a little tricky. Pack a pair of jeans or long pants to stay warm and comfortable during the cooler temperatures. Wear a short-sleeved top and bring a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be kept in a backpack or worn around your waist during the day. Here are some cute options:

Women’s Shirt

Disneyland in April: What to Expect

Men’s Shirt

Disneyland in April: What to Expect

Boys Shirt

Disneyland April 1

Girls Shirt

Disneyland in April: What to Expect

#4 Disneyland Park Hours in April

Here are the typical hours for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in April. As always, these hours are subject to change so check Disneyland’s website for current information.

Monday through Thursday

  • Disneyland Park
    • Opens at 8:00 A.M. or 9:00 A.M.
    • Closes 10:00, 11:00 P.M. or 12 midnight
  • Disney California Adventure Park
    • Opens 10:00 A.M.
    • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 P.M.

Friday through Saturday

  • Disneyland Park
    • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 A.M.
    • Closes 10:00, 11:00 P.M. or 12:00 midnight
  • Disney California Adventure
    • Opens 10:00 A.M.
    • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 P.M.

#5 Ride Closures in April

The following rides will be closed for refurbishment during April 2017. For this post, I’m only including the dates for April. Some of the rides will be closed beyond April. Ride closures are subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, check Disneyland’s website.


  • Disneyland Railroad April 1-30


  • Mark Twain Riverboat April 1-30
  • Sailing Ship Columbia April 1-30
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes April 1-30
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island April 1-30
  • Fantasmic! April 1-30


  • Matterhorn Bobsleds April 1-27

Disney California Adventure

  • Corndog Castle April 17-30

#6 Disneyland Ticket Savings in April

There aren’t a lot of Disneyland ticket savings out there, but they can be found if you know where to look. Make sure that if you buy Disney tickets from a third party, that they are an authorized ticket seller. I usually buy my park tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are almost always a few dollars cheaper than Disneyland’s gate prices. Get Away Today is also doing a special right now on their Disneyland tickets. You can get a 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket for the price of a 4-Day ticket! That’s a free day at Disneyland! Check getawaytoday.com for current deals. Right now you can use the promo code MommyMouse to get $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount)

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