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Disneyland in April: What to Expect

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Are you thinking about going to Disneyland in April? I’m here to help! Disneyland in April: What to Expect will give you answers to all of your questions like what will the weather be like, what to wear at Disneyland in April, how to beat the crowds, and more!

Updated for 2022

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.

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Disneyland in April

April is a great time to visit The Disneyland Resort. It is also a pretty popular time to go, especially around Easter.

"it's a small world" at Disneyland.

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 be prepared to experience all that Disneyland has to offer.

Use this article, Disneyland in April: What to Expect, to help plan an awesome vacation! If you’re thinking about Disneyland in May, check out my tips and tricks HERE.

A child at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park.

Disneyland Crowd Sizes in April

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. Another good thing you can do to beat the crowds is to consider using Disney Genie, Genie+ or Lightning Lane. You can read all about Disney Genie here.

Mickey Balloons at Disney California Adventure.

It’s also a good idea to see if park hopping is a good option for you.

If you’re wondering about visiting Disneyland at other times of the year, you can find a guide for each month of the year here.

Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland.

How to Beat Spring Break Crowds at Disneyland

A lot of schools in and around Southern California are out for Spring Break at different times during April, which can cause larger than normal crowds.

You can still have an amazing time though with a little planning. Here are a few things that can help you beat the spring break crowds:

Rope Drop

One way to get the most out of a busy day at Disneyland is to get to the Parks before rope drop.

Generally if you arrive at the gates before the park opens, you can be let in a little early to roam around Main Street U.S.A. or Buena Vista Street if you’re at Disney California Adventure.

You can use this time to grab a bite to eat, and check out some souvenirs.

Entrance to Disney's California Adventure Park.

Rope drop occurs when the park is scheduled to open and a cast member will drop a rope and let you begin to ride the attractions.

Use Rider Switch

Rider Switch is a feature that allows guests to ride attractions, even if they are with small children or with other members of the party who do not wish to ride.

Entrance to Adventureland at Disneyland.

Using Rider Switch, if you qualify, is a great way to save time when Spring Break crowds are heavy.

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.

A bar graph showing the average temperatures at Disneyland in April.

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.

What to Pack for Disneyland in April

Knowing what to pack in April for Disneyland is important. You don’t want to be unprepared and end up having to use your vacation budget on things that could easily have been brought from home with a little planning.

Black and white polkadot Loungefly Backpack with a red bow and mouse ears.

Make sure you check out my post on How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney and my list of Disney Park Bag Essentials before you go!

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 family wearing ponchos at Disneyland.

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 there are also universal covers to purchase like this one from Amazon.

Universal Stroller Cover from Amazon

Another inexpensive option is 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

A bottle of sunscreen at Disneyland.

What to Wear at Disneyland in April

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.

These leggings have pockets and are great for Disney. Check them out here!

Pack a pair of jeans or leggings 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. Check out my Amazon Shop for some cute options.

I love this Mickey Mouse spirit jersey! Check it out here.

Pack Adorable Disney Apparel

Before any Disney vacation, I like to check out Jane.com for adorable and affordable Disney vacation t-shirts!

I have found so many cute shirts for only $13.99! Their deals change daily though, so make sure to check back often or follow me on Instagram to keep up on all of the amazing Disney-themed merchandise!

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.

Star Wars Land

Disneyland Park

  • Open from at 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens at 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 AM
  • Closes 10:00 PM, 11:00 PM or 12:00 Midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens at 10:00 AM
  • Closes at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM

 

Disneyland Ride Closures in April

I love that Disneyland takes pride in their park and attractions. Because of this, there are usually a few rides at both Disneyland park and Disney’s California Adventure park that are closed for refurbishment at different times throughout the year.

Disneyland Fire Station

But, you can stay up to date with ride closures by checking Disneyland’s website

Disneyland seems to update their list one or two months ahead of time, so check back for April’s closures in February or March.

A boy looking at a jar of coins and text "Get Away Today Lock in you vacation for $175 down!"

 

Disneyland Ticket Savings

 

There aren’t a lot of Disneyland ticket discounts out there, but they can be found if you know where to look.

 

Get Discount Disneyland Tickets Here 

 

Make sure that if you buy Disney tickets from a third party, that they an authorized ticket seller.

 

I buy my tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are always a few dollars cheaper than Disneyland’s gate prices and you can  now purchase tickets from them that include Disney MaxPass!

 

Disneyland ticket at Pixar Pier Disney California Adventure

 

Get Away Today is almost always offering some kind of special on tickets and/or hotel vacation packages.

 

Use the promo code: MommyMouse to get an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount.)

 

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There are so many things to think about when you are planning a trip to Disneyland. Make sure you pin these tips so you’ll have them handy when you need them!

 

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