When it comes to visiting Disneyland in April, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind. While the weather can be extremely pleasant this time of year, the spring break crowds can be a bit much for some. Easter falls on April 9 this year, making April an even busier time to visit. All that being said, with a little pre-planning April can be a wonderful time to visit the happiest place on earth!
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- 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 April 9, 2023, 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.
Perhaps the most notable event is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. This event will take place from March 3 to April 25, 2023, and features culinary demonstrations, outdoor marketplaces, family entertainment, live music, festival merchandise, and unique bookable experiences. Also featured is the limited-time return of Soarin’ Over California!
In 2023, Easter falls on April 9. And while there are no special parties or parades, Disneyland does offer some seasonal activities.
The Easter Egg-stravaganza is undoubtedly the highlight activity, and it typically begins two weeks prior to Easter. This egg-themed scavenger game allows guests to purchase a map and sticker set from select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort. Guests then hunt throughout the resort for the corresponding eggs on the map. Maps can be purchased for around $7 at Showcase Plaza in Disneyland Park, Elias and Company in Disney California Adventure Park, and at World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District. And while the three maps differ from one another, the collectible prize is the same. (This means you do not have to enter a park to partake in the fun!)
Dapper Day is scheduled for April 16, 2023! (The Dapper Day Expo will take place April 15-16 at the Disneyland Hotel.)
Disney100 is taking place all year long in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Festivities include a brand-new World of Color and fireworks show along with the Magic Happens parade.
April Refurbishments & Closures
*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for April 2023. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)
- “it’s a small world” will be closed from January 9-19, 2023 to remove its holiday overlay
- Haunted Mansion will be closing on January 30 to remove its holiday overlay (likely to reopen in mid-February 2023)
- Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru spring 2023
- The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will be closed January 9-25, 2023
- Disney Gallery will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru January 25, 2023
- Wondrous Journeys, a new nighttime spectacular, will be debuting on January 27, 2023
- Magic Happens parade will be returning on February 24, 2023
- Tarzan’s Treehouse is currently closed and will be receiving new theming as Adventureland Treehouse (likely to open in 2023)
- Mickey’s Toontown will be closed from March 9, 2022, through March 8, 2023, for a MAJOR refurbishment and includes the closures of the following attractions:
- Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse (permanently closed)
- Donald’s Boat – Reopens March 8, 2023
- Chip ‘n Dale’s GADGETcoaster – Opens March 8, 2023
- Goofy’s Playhouse – Reopens March 8, 2023
- Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey – Reopens March 8, 2023
- Minnie’s House – Reopens March 8, 2023
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – Reopens March 8, 2023
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be opening in Mickey’s Toontown on January 27, 2023
- Splash Mountain will be closing at some point in 2023 for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
- Temporarily suspended: Star Wars Launch Bay, Mickey and the Magical Map
California Adventure Park
- Grizzly River Run will be closed from January 9 through spring 2023
- Radiator Springs Racers will be closed January 9-23, 2023
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic will close on January 24, 2023. Opening date TBD
- World of Color – One will be debuting on January 27, 2023
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind will close on January 30, 2023. Opening date TBD
- Temporarily suspended: Frozen — Live at the Hyperion, Paint the Night Parade
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!
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. But 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.
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