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Visiting Disneyland in April 2024: Season of the Force, Pixar Fest, and more!

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If you’re considering a trip to Disneyland in April, there are a few factors worth considering. While the weather is typically pleasant during this time, it’s important to note that spring break crowds can be overwhelming for some. Additionally, since Easter falls on March 31st this year, the first week of April may be particularly busy. However, with proper planning, April can still be a delightful time to visit the parks. And while Disney hasn’t released much information yet regarding events and ride refurbishments for 2024, it’s never too early to start planning your Disneyland Resort vacation.

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more!


 

April At-a-Glance

  • April temperatures are quite pleasant but be prepared for some rain showers. Mornings could still be a bit chilly, but for the most part, temperatures are warm. As far as rain, it is no longer considered the “rainy” season, but that doesn’t mean April won’t see some rain. It’s always good to be prepared this time of year.
  • Easter falls on March 31, 2024, so expect crowds that weekend! Easter is easily one of the busiest times of the year for Disneyland so be prepared for crowds that entire weekend.
  • Be prepared for spring break crowds. The first two weeks are usually a bit busier due to spring break with the final two weeks of the month being a great time to visit the parks if you want to avoid major crowds.

 

April Events

Toy Story Midway Mania in California Adventure | Magic in the PlanningPerhaps the most notable event is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, which will take place March 1 – April 22, 2024. The event will feature culinary demonstrations, outdoor marketplaces, family entertainment, live music, festival merchandise, and unique bookable experiences.

Dapper Day is scheduled for April 17, 2024! (The Dapper Day Expo will take place April 6-7 at the Disneyland Hotel.)

Disney After Dark: Star Wars Nite is coming soon to the Disneyland Resort! This ticketed event will take place on select nights in April and May 2024 in Disneyland Park. Festivities begin with a 3-hour pre-party mix-in from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Disneyland Park, followed by a private party from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Parties feature Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions were also open after hours for the party! Prices start at $159 per guest, and dates include April 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30 and May 2, 7, & 9.

Season of the Force is a limited-time event at Disneyland park taking place from April 5-June 2, featuring the thrilling Hyperspace Mountain and a variety of specially-themed food, beverages, merchandise, and more. As part of the celebration, guests can embark on new adventures aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and witness a fresh perspective on the Disneyland park fireworks from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, accompanied by galactic music.

The highly anticipated Pixar Fest is making a comeback at the Disneyland Resort April 26-August 4! Prepare to be immersed in a world of vibrant decorations, special menus, and unique merchandise, as the theme parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney District embrace the magic of Pixar for a limited time. This celebration of friendship will feature heartwarming entertainment centered around beloved Pixar stories.

 

April Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for April 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Space Mountain will close on September 18, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed beginning January 22, 2024. An opening date is still unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln closed on April 16, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will close for a quick refurbishment from April 29 through May 2, 2024.
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will close on May 1, 2024. An opening date is unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will return to the park for Pixar Fest from April 26 through August 24, 2024.
  • Fantasmic! will return on May 24, 2024.

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California Adventure Park

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed on March 4, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration! Parade will debut on April 26, 2024 for Pixar Fest.
  • Club Pixar will also debut on April 26, 2024.

 

April Weather

Overall, the weather in Anaheim is quite pleasant in April. So if you’re looking to visit Disneyland without the summer heat or winter rain, this may be the perfect time to go. The average high is 71 degrees and the low is typically around 52 degrees. It is also typically a dryer month in terms of rain. Overall, April is an excellent time to visit in terms of weather!

 

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April Disneyland Crowds

Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. Unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

During the first two weeks of April, there will definitely be an increase in crowds for spring break as well as the Easter holiday. If crowds are an issue for you, it would be best to avoid these two weeks of the month. The end of the month should see fewer crowds, however, as many schools are finished with their spring breaks at this point.

 

Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in April?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

 

Disneyland Dining Guides:

 

Disneyland Attraction Guides:

 

Planning your first Disneyland vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

 

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