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Visiting Walt Disney World in April 2023

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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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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 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.

 

April Events

Perhaps the most notable event is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. While dates for 2023 have yet to be announced, this event took place from March 2 through July 4 in 2022. 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! The course is inspired by fan-favorite races including Expedition Everest 5K (nighttime race that includes a scavenger hunt), Race for the Taste 10K (Ratatouille-themed), and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler (held in the morning rather than at night). Disney also held “Sunrise Yoga” for the 2022 event, so it is likely to return in 2023.

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:

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

As things return to normal at the theme parks, nighttime spectaculars and fireworks are returning as well! Two new shows premiered on October 1, 2021, for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. “Disney Enchantment” kicked off the 50th-anniversary festivities at Magic Kingdom Park, and “Harmonious” also debuted at Epcot. Fantasmic! will also be returning to Hollywood Studios at some point in 2022!

*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.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad is closed indefinitely due to construction on the new Tron roller coaster.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle is also temporarily closed with no reopening date yet announced.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is reopening August 25, 2022
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is still under construction (We are hopeful for a 2023 opening date!)
  • Splash Mountain will close at some point for retheming to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. No dates have been announced yet, however.
  • Character meet-and-greets at both Pete’s Silly Side Show (Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy, and Pluto) and The Thotful Spot (Pooh and Tigger) are returning soon!

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is expected to open in 2022
  • Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
  • Fantasmic! is returning in 2022
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will close on August 22, 2022, for refurbishment and is scheduled to reopen on September 9, 2022.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
  • Rivers of Light has permanently ended
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! debuted on June 13, 2022
  • Festival of the Lion King returned with a FULL version of the show on July 15, 2022

 Other

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is closed for refurbishment. The opening date is TBA.

 

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. 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.

Disney World April 2023 Crowd Calendar | Magic in the Planning

 

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

Here are some resources to help you get started!

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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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