When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World in April, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind. Crowds are generally manageable (with the exception of Easter week and some potential spring break lingerers), and the weather is still somewhat pleasant when compared with the heat of the summer months. All that being said, with a little planning April can be a wonderful time to visit the most magical place on earth!
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- April temperatures begin to rise, so don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Mornings could still be a bit chilly, but for the most part, temperatures are warm.
- Easter falls on April 9, 2023, so expect crowds that weekend! Easter is easily one of the busiest times of the year for Walt Disney World so be prepared for crowds that entire weekend.
- April tends to be less busy than March, but this year could be different because of Easter. The first two weeks are usually a bit busier with the final two weeks being a great time to visit the parks if you want to avoid major crowds. This will be especially true for 2023 as Easter falls earlier in the month.
- Major refurbishments are not typically common in April. Disney tends to schedule their refurbishments during less busy months (such as January or February), but that doesn’t mean closures can’t or won’t happen in April.
Perhaps the most notable event is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This popular event will take place from March 1 through July 5, 2023. It features beautifully designed interactive gardens as well as a variety of living sculptures shaped like your favorite Disney characters. You will also find plenty of unique food options and family-friendly exhibits. Epcot festivals tend to bring more local crowds on evenings and weekends, so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.
The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot made its return in 2022 and will likely be a part of the festival in 2023.
The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend will take place April 13-16, 2023. This event ultimately replaced the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend, and 2022 marked its inaugural run. The good news is that it will be back in 2023! This year’s courses are inspired by some of your favorite Pixar movies including Disney Pixar Cars 5K, Disney Pixar Monsters 10K, and the Disney Pixar Toy Story 10-Miler.
ESPN Wide World of Sports typically hosts several athletic events each month. These events don’t usually have a major impact on crowds in the parks, but they can affect resort availability and crowds at Disney’s value resorts. Here are the events scheduled so far as well as events that are typically held in April:
- Disney Spring Training – March 12-April 15, 2023
- ICU World Cheerleading Championship – April 19-21, 2023
- USASF and IASF – The Cheerleading and Dance Worlds – April 21-24, 2023
- The Summit – All-Star Championship – April 27-30, 2023
- The Dance Summit – All-Star Championship – April 28-30, 2023
In 2023, Easter falls on April 9, so plan on the parks being quite busy during the first two weeks of April. The second half of the month should see lighter crowds as the Easter holiday is over and spring break crowds have returned home.
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.)
- Walt Disney World Railroad is finally open after nearly 4 years of closure due to Tron construction!
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow reopened on January 15 in Storybook Circus.
- The Little Mermaid meet and greet with Ariel officially returns on January 22, 2023.
- Enchanted Tales with Belle is reopening on February 19, 2023.
- Happily Ever After (an updated version) is returning to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023.
- Tron Lightcycle Power Run is opening on April 4, 2023.
- Splash Mountain is closing permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open in 2024.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
- Moana: Journey of Water, a brand new attraction, will be opening in 2023.
- Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)
- The American Adventure is closed from September 19 thru December 16, 2022
- A new nighttime show will be opening at some point in 2023 to replace Harmonious.
- Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will be closed January 9-27, 2023
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will begin a length refurbishment beginning February 20, 2023. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
- Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.
- Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
- Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 9
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed for refurbishment beginning November 13, 2022.
Overall, the weather in Orlando is quite pleasant in April. So if you’re looking to visit Disney World without the extreme heat, this may be the perfect time to go. The average high is 83 degrees and the low is typically around 60 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 Disney World Crowd Calendar
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, that 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 the Easter holiday. If crowds are an issue for you, it would be best to avoid the second week of the month. The end of the month should see fewer crowds, however. Many schools are finished with their spring breaks at this point, so the crowds definitely lighten a bit when compared to the end of March.
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