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Visiting Walt Disney World in April 2024

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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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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more!


 

News and Updates for 2024

  • Beginning on January 9, 2024, theme park reservations will no longer be required for date-based tickets. Reservations may still be needed for non-dated tickets and other admission types (student group tickets, sport and convention tickets, annual passes, etc.)
  • Good news for Annual Passholders… Disney is introducing “good-to-go days” in 2024. These are select days when guests can visit the theme parks without needing a reservation. (Details from Disney will be released at a later date.)
  • Disney Dining Plans are returning to Walt Disney World beginning January 9, 2024, with bookings opening on May 31. Two plans will be offered – the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Although this isn’t a change, Disney has announced that Disney Resort hotel guests will continue to enjoy early theme park entry for visits through 2024. Those staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa will also continue enjoying extended evening hours at select parks on select nights.
  • Disney has announced that they will be simplifying the Disney Genie+ experience allowing guests to plan their visit ahead of time. While details have yet to be announced, this is a very exciting change for those who don’t enjoy scheduling their Lightning Lanes inside the park on the day of their visit.

 

April At-a-Glance

  • 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 March 31, 2024, 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 into the first week of April.
  • April tends to be less busy than March, but many spring breaks take place during the first couple of weeks. 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 2024 as Easter falls at the end of March.
  • 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.

 

April Events

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will begin on February 28 (running through May 27) and will transform Epcot into a breathtaking springtime wonderland. Visitors can enjoy a stunning display of flowers and topiaries, indulge in delicious outdoor food, and listen to live music at the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Exclusive festival merchandise and scavenger hunts (including the popular Egg-stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt) add to the experience, making it a must-see event for flower and nature enthusiasts.

The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend will take place April 18-21, 2024. This year’s courses are themed after well-loved Disney movies including Peter Pan, Up, and The Lion King. Participants who complete all 3 races will receive a special medal for the Stitch’s ‘Ohana Challenge. In addition, the event will include the runDisney Springtime Surprise Splash, a ticketed event happening at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

For those interested in attending a ticketed after-hours event, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot will be offering Disney After Hours on select nights. Experience the magic of Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park on select nights from January 11 to June 27, Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios on select nights from January 10 to August 29, and Disney After Hours at Epcot from February 2 to July 18. Tickets range from $145 to $175, with discounts for Passholders and DVC Members.

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 in April:

In 2024, Easter falls on March 31, so plan for the parks to be busy during the first week 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 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open on June 28, 2024!
  • Country Bear Musical Jamboree closed on January 27, 2024. An updated brand-new show will debut this summer.

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is now open!
  • CommuniCore Hall & Plaza will be opening on June 10, 2024.
  • Test Track will be closing on June 17, 2024, for a multi-month refurbishment. A reopening date has not yet been announced but will likely be sometime in 2025.

Hollywood Studios

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed, and will be replaced with a fully reimagined production called “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure.” The new show is expected to debut in Fall 2024.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will close on January 8, 2024, for a multi-month refurbishment. It is currently scheduled to reopen in Summer 2024.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple has permanently ended.

Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug will be closing at some point to make way for a Zootopia Tree of Life Show. No dates have been announced.
  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
    • It is anticipated that Dino-Rama, as a whole, will likely close at some point to make way for a major expansion. Disney has shared plans for potential replacements, such as a Moana Mini-Land, which includes detailed concept art. Additionally, there is the possibility of a Zootopia Expansion beyond Dino-Rama. Although these proposals are promising, it should be noted that they have not yet been approved or funded by Disney. Therefore, the fate of Dino-Rama remains uncertain, but it is evident that its days are limited.

 Other

  • Blizzard Beach closed on March 17, 2024, for winter refurbishment. No opening date has been announced.

 

April Weather

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

Takumi-Tei in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comCrowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. It’s best not to completely rely on them when making your Disney World vacation plans.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in knowing what to expect, 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.

On top of that, many are choosing to travel differently these days. Quiet months have become popular due to runDisney events as well as other Disney events and promotions, while busier seasons have seen a downward trend in the last couple of years.

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.

April 2024 Disney World Crowd Calendar | Magic in the Planning

 

Ready to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World in April?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

Disney Coronado Springs Resort | Magic in the PlanningWalt Disney World Resort Guides:

 

Walt Disney World Dining Guides:

 

Stormtroopers on Rise of Resistance | Magic in the PlanningWalt Disney World Attraction Guides:

 

There’s nothing better than knowing what to expect on your Disney World vacation. Our monthly guides can help you visit with a plan!

January   |   February

March   |   April (you are here)

May   |   June

July   |   August

September   |   October

November   |   December

 

 

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