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Planning for Disney World in April

The month of April sees abundant sunshine, medium crowds (at least after the first of the month) and plenty of special events, making it an excellent time to visit the parks if you can swing a trip!

Floating Gardens at Epcot®

Crowds

The beginning of the month sees the heaviest crowds, thanks to the end of spring break and Easter. If you’re visiting during this time, check out our survival guide. After the first week of the month, crowds generally drop down to medium crowd levels with a few exceptions, April 7 and 11-14. Those of you visiting during the first of the month and these days will want to take advantage of our wait-time apps. Getting to the park before opening is always a good idea, but it’s even more crucial when crowd levels are high.

Best days of the month to visit (and recommended parks)

crowd-calendar-april-2013

  • April 23 (Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Universal Studios)
  • April 24 (Epcot®, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure)
  • April 25 (Epcot®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park)

Check the crowd calendar to see recommended days for the whole month and beyond.

Magic Kingdom® Park and New Fantasyland™

Understandably, many people are making New Fantasyland™ their first stop in Magic Kingdom® Park, and even at opening it’s quite common to find a 45-minute wait for Enchanted Tales with Belle (here are details about it and the other New Fantasyland™ attractions). There is no Fastpass for this attraction, so if it’s a priority, your best bet is to hop over first thing at park opening. If you arrive and find a line less than 45 minutes, do this first and then Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s Grotto. If you find the line more than 45 minutes, head to Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid and Ariel’s Grotto, because after the opening “rush,” Enchanted Tales with Belle sees a slight dip between 10 a.m. and noon on most days and won’t see lower wait times again until late afternoon and evening.

Closings and Refurbishments

At Magic Kingdom® Park, Mad Tea Party has a refurbishment for most of April. Fountain View Ice Cream Shop in Epcot® closes April 7 for its conversion to a Starbucks location. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade and Disney Channel Rocks have their final performances April 6. For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.

Weather

Temperatures are on the rise in April, with an average high of 83 and a low of 60. There will be plenty of warm days and very low rainfall chances, so don’t forget the swimsuits. You might still need a jacket for the evenings and mornings. Here is the packing list for this time of year.

April Events

  • Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando continues Saturdays and select days through April 20. Highlights of the special event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and the live concerts. April performers are Kool & The Gang, Pitbull and The All-American Rejects.
  • Viva La Musica!Not to be missed, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa’s Viva La Musica pairs Latin cuisine and concerts inside the parks on weekends starting April 13. Daddy Yankee, Ednita Nazario and El Gran Combo are among the performers.
  • Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival runs daily through May. Among this year’s highlights are the brand-new garden marketplaces, which offer themed eats and drinks,  as well as an interactive play area and midway-style games based on the “Oz The Great and Powerful” film.

Will you be visiting in April? Let us know what you are planning!
– Leap

 


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13 Responses to “Planning for Disney World in April”

  1. Danielle says:

    My family and I are going to WDW and Universal Studios the week of April 20-26 so I’m very pleased to see that crowds will be manageable and the weather should be nice. We plan on spending the 23rd at Magic Kingdom: it’s my birthday! We purchased our Universal Studios tickets through Undercover Tourist and were very pleased with the price and service! Only 19 days to go!

  2. Lissa says:

    We honeymooned at Disney four years ago and we’re returning the third week of April! We can hardly wait!

    • FrogBlog says:

      Lissa,

      Happy anniversary from the Frog Family! We hope you have a fantastic trip!

      – Leap

  3. Beth says:

    Going with the family (5 adults) April 8-13! Can not wait! Hoping for short wait times and great weather.It will be a welcome change from the 40 degrees we have here in Rhode Island!
    Waaaa Hooooooo!!

  4. Anne says:

    We are going Apr 20-26, can’t wait!!! It’s our son’s 3rd birthday and our 4 year anniversary. We have so many magical moments planned (birthday dinner at Garden Grille, Anniversary dinner at Flying Fish, Pirates and Pals fireworks cruise). And we got our tickets through Undercover Tourist (for the 2nd time)–Thank you for your quick service and awesome prices!

  5. Beth says:

    My husband and I area headed down there April 16th-22nd! I’m incredibly excited as this is my husband’s first time!! :)

  6. Jessica says:

    My husband and I are taking our almost 4-year-old this month (20-27). It is the first time for her and myself, so we are super excited! We plan to hit up all the Disney attractions except Epcot, which we are saving for when she is older. My birthday is that Thursday, and we’ll be venturing into Animal Kingdom that day. (Thank you UT for suggesting which days to hit which parks, BTW!)

    I actually have a question that I suppose I’ll pose here in hopes someone can lend some info my way….We want to visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach on the same day, and go eat at Downtown Disney in between since it’s so close to TL. But does entry to Downtown count towards one of our “days” on our tickets??? If so we need to tweak our itinerary and hit Downtown on a day we’ve been to one of the theme parks instead.

    • FrogBlog says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Downtown Disney is free and doesn’t require tickets! Have a great trip!

      – Leap

  7. Terry says:

    Do you sell the photo pass? Also which water park is better? We have kids from 4 to 10 years old. Also if we but tickets for no expiration 8 day plan can they be used both for Disney World and Disneyland. (Going May 1st this year Disney Worldand then in a year or two may go to Disney Land) Thanks!

  8. Terry says:

    Thank you that was very helpful!

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