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Your Guide to Disney World in April

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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!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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*This post has been updated to reflect changes at Disney World since reopening in July 2020.

 

April at Walt Disney World is a lot of fun, especially if you know what to expect.

 

In this post, I will cover things you should be aware of when planning your vacation.

 

A boy holding up four fingers in front of Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World in Florida.

Rock ‘n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disney World

 

Consider this Your Guide to Disney World in April! Don’t forget to check out my Disney World Planning Tips as well!

 

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 35% 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.

 

Cinderella Castle at Disney World with a small crowd of people around it.

Cinderella Castle at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

 

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.

 

A scene from Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios at Disney World.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

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!

 

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Use Fastpass+ 

 

*Fastpass+ service is not currently available*

 

Fastpass+ is a service that is included with every Disney World admission ticket. Basically, you can reserve a certain time to ride certain attractions and skip right to the front of the line.

 

Fastpass entrance to the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom.

Haunted Mansion Fastpass+ Entrance

 

The trick to using Fastpass+ to beat crowds on busy days at Disney World is to plan ahead. If you are staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, you can make Fastpass+ reservations 60 days in advance of your first scheduled day at the parks.

 

If you will be staying at an off-property hotel (Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace, Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites are a few of my favorites) then you can reserve your Fastpass+ selections 30 days in advance.

 

The end scene of the Ride Slinky Dog Dash at Disney World.

Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios

 

You will be able to reserve three passes per day in advance. Once you have used those three passes, you are free to reserve more Fastpasses+ throughout the day.

 

My advice is to book your three passes early in the day, so that you can get the most out of this service as possible.

 

Make Advance Dining Reservations

 

Most table service restaurants at Walt Disney World allow you to make reservations 180 days in advance. (Currently, you are able to make dining reservations 60 days in advance).

 

The entrance to Crystal Palace restaurant at Magic Kingdom.

Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom

 

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.

 

Crystal Palace at Disney World

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Millennium Falcon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

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.

 

Orlando Weather Forecast

Orlando Sample Weather Forecast

 

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.

 

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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.

 

I found this adorable Star Wars umbrella HERE on Amazon!

 

Be prepared with a small travel umbrella or a disposable rain poncho. A poncho can also come in handy to wear on rides like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids to keep your clothes dry.

 

If you are taking a stroller with you to Disney World, I recommend bringing along a universal stroller cover, like the one pictured below.

 

Find this Universal Stroller Cover HERE.

 

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.

 

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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 Walt Disney World in March. I used it to cover my son’s stroller while napping.

 

This Mickey Mouse blanket is a cute option you can check out HERE!

 

A travel blanket can also be great to sit on while watching a parade or fireworks show!

 

Pack for both Warm and Cool Weather

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Wear a short-sleeved top and shorts during the day and bring a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be kept in a backpack or worn around your waist during the day. 

 

Pack Adorable Disney Apparel

 

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Practically Perfect Disney t-shirt

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Disney World Park Hours in April

 

Below are the hours for each park at Walt Disney World. For specific days, check here.

 

Magic Kingdom

 

  • Open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

Train Station at the entrance of Magic Kingdom.

Entrance to Magic Kingdom

 

Epcot

 

  • Open from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

The entrance to The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Spaceship Earth in the background.

 

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

  • Open from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 – 7:00 pm

 

A picture of Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land.

Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

  • Open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

A rock with a sign that says, Expedition Everest.

Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

 

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.

 

Ride closure sign for People Mover at Disney World.

 

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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lovehazelandhoneysuckle

Friday 31st of March 2017

This sounds wonderful! We were thinking of taking our kids in a Disney cruise, do you know anything about those? 😊

mindymoser

Saturday 1st of April 2017

I'm going on my first Disney Cruise next year, so it will be a new experience for me also 😊

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