Are you going to Disney World in April? Find out everything you need to know to have an amazing time including expected crowds, what to pack, and what the weather will be like!
Updated for 2022
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Disney World Crowds in April
Things are obviously different than they have been in previous years, so predicting crowd sizes right now is unreliable.
However, we do know that right now all four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort are operating at reduced capacity.
A great way to see if the parks are expected to be busy is to head over to check Disney World’s Availability Calendar here.
You will be able to see if all parks are available, if some parks are available, or if they are all booked up.
Also, keep in mind that when you plan to visit, you will need to make park reservations yourself. But more on that later in the post.
Something that might affect crowd sizes in April is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
This festival will definitely increase crowds at Epcot, especially on the weekends, because it is very popular with local annual pass holders.
What to Do When Disney World is Busy
There are quite a few busy days expected at Disney World in April. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing visit to the most magical place on earth!
Here are some ways that you can beat the crowds at Disney World in April!
Use Disney Genie & Genie+
Disney Genie is a service that is included with every Disney World admission ticket.
Basically, you can enter the attractions you want to do most into the My Disney Experience app, and you will be given a personalized itinerary that will help you accomplish your goals.
Disney Genie+ is a paid service that is similar to the old Fastpass+ system where you can book a time to ride certain attractions, and then have the ability to skip the line.
You can purchase this service for $15 per person per day.
Lightning Lane takes Genie+ a step further and allows you to purchase a ticket to skip the line at a popular attraction like Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.
For Lightning Lane attractions, you must purchase this service for each attraction and prices will vary based on the attraction and time of year.
Make Advance Dining Reservations
Most table service restaurants at Walt Disney World allow you to make reservations 60 days in advance.
I HIGHLY recommend making these reservations as soon as possible.
Many popular locations like Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom, fill up really quickly.
If you are planning to visit Disney World during one of the busy times in April, you’ll definitely want to figure out your top restaurants and make your reservations quickly.
If Be Our Guest Restaurant is on your list, check out my tips and tricks for getting a reservation HERE.
Use Rider Switch
Rider Switch is a great option to save time and beat the crowds in April if you are traveling with little ones.
If your little ones are not quite tall enough to ride a certain attraction, on parent can ride while the other waits with the little one.
When the ride is complete the second parent can then ride the attraction without having to wait in the stand-by line.
Special Events at Disney World in April
Orlando Weather in April
The weather at Walt Disney World in April is very mild. The temperatures are warm and the weather forecast in April shows mostly sunny days with a few scattered clouds.
As of right now, there are only a couple of days that have rain in the forecast. The high temperatures are in the mid 80s.
The average lows are in the low 60s. As anyone knows, the weather can be unpredictable. For up to date weather information, click here.
What to Pack Disney World in April
Knowing what to pack for a trip to Walt Disney World in April 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.
Here are a few things you might want to consider packing if you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World in April.
Pack an Umbrella, Poncho and Stroller Protection
The weather at Walt Disney World can be unpredictable. Rain storms can form and dissipate quickly.
If you are taking a stroller with you to Disney World, I recommend bringing along a universal stroller cover, like the one pictured below.
Another option is to purchase a plastic shower curtain liner from the dollar store to cover your stroller while on rides and clothes pins to secure it.
I did this on our last vacation and it was a life saver!
Pack Sun Protection
The Florida 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!
What to Wear at Disney World in April
The mornings and evenings at Walt Disney World in April can be a little cool, but the days will be very warm. This makes packing clothing for Disney World in April a little tricky.
Pack at least one pair of jeans or long pants, to stay warm and comfortable during the cooler temperatures. You will definitely want to wear them if the forecast calls for a rainy day.
Pack Adorable Disney Apparel
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Disney World Park Hours in April
Below are the projected hours for each park at Walt Disney World. For specific days, check here.
- Open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Extended Evening Hours for Deluxe Resort Guests 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Wednesdays)
- Open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Extended Evening Hours for Deluxe Resort Guests 10:00 pm – 12:00 am (Mondays)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Open from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ride Closures in April
Disney is great at keeping their rides and attractions in top notch form. That is one of the reasons that I will spend more money to visit their theme parks.
For an updated list of what rides will be closed in April, visit Disney World’s website and choose the specific day you are looking for.
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