Here's what you need to know:
April CROWDS & PARK HOURS
Disney publishes its park hours about 78 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.
Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a 78-day window.
As the dates get closer, it isn't unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.
That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.
For many Disney World visitors, 78 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 79-110 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.
When it comes to park hours - in general - the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.
In April, that means that you'll typically find the parks open longer over Spring Break. And, if Easter happens to fall during April when you are traveling, expect longer hours around then, too.
Disney World Crowd Calendar
PRICES AND DISCOUNTS
If you are looking for a good deal, late April is a pretty good time to find one.
It isn't unheard of to see discounts earlier in the month, however, the inventory may be more limited than during less busy times of the year.
Guide to Disney World Discounts
International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot never looks more lovely than during the Flower and Garden Festival, which means April is the perfect time for a visit to this iconic park.
Taking place in the spring (and sometimes early summer) this festival brings dozens of larger-than-life topiaries as well as plenty of food and drink options inspired by all things garden fresh.
Overview of the International Flower and Garden Festival
Since Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day in 1998, the date holds a special place for that park. The events change from year to year, but during the week of Earth Day you can typically find things like unique character experiences, merchandise, and even themed foods and beverages.
By the time April rolls around, most of the chances for super chilly nights have passed.
You can expect for the temperatures to range from lows in the 60s to highs in the low 80s.
Of course, those are just averages so there is always the chance to see those highs soar into the 90's (especially the later in the month you travel).
April isn't as rainy as the summer months, but there is still a chance you could see some showers.
April typically sees more rain so come prepared with ponchos, multiple pairs of shoes, and umbrellas just in case.
How to handle the weather at Disney World
Swimming in April
The crowds at the pools definitely pick up by the time April rolls around.
In addition to the pools at the resorts, Disney's 2 water parks also become more popular.
If swimming is a must-do, and you are worried about the crowds, consider starting your day at the pool and head to the parks later in the day. Most people reverse that plan which means the pools can get quite busy by the end of the day.
FAQ's about the Pools at Walt Disney World
WHAT TO WEAR
When packing for Disney World in April, most people will be comfortable wearing whatever they typically wear in the summer (shorts, capris, etc.).
The mornings and evenings may be chilly, but the chill doesn't typically last too long.
One place where you may get cold, however, is inside the restaurants.
And in fact, even during the hottest months we keep a light jacket in our park bag because coming out of the sun into an air-conditioned space is sometimes too cold for our liking.
If you're the kind of person that finds sitting under the AC to be too much, you might want to consider tossing in a light jacket, too.
Ultimate Packing List for Walt Disney World
REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSURES
While routine refurbishments aren't typically scheduled in April, you'll likely still run into a few attractions that are closed.
We keep track of those on the calendar above
To see what will be closed on your trip, toggle the "attractions closings" tab.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in April.
TIPS FOR DISNEY WORLD IN April
- The sun can be quite intense, even if the temps aren't, so don't forget to wear your sunscreen.
- Keep checking for discounts. Even if you've already booked discounts can still be applied.
- If Easter falls during April, expect heavy crowds the week before and the week after.
- The end of April is a lovely time to visit (and one of our personal favorites!).