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A Complete Guide to Walt Disney World in April

Disney World in April is another great time to visit thanks to mild weather for the area.

In this post, I’ll share tips for planning your trip to Disney World in April, including what to pack, what the crowds are like, special events, what’s new, what’s closed, and general weather info.

Alright, let’s get to it!

All dates and information subject to change throughout the year. This post will be updated frequently, but for the most up to date information on what’s closed and what’s reopened, check out my post about Disney World closures and what’s new.

Weather in Orlando in April

The average temperatures continue to warm up in April with an average high of 83° F and low of 60°. 

While it does rain in April, the average precipitation is only 2.68 inches of rain, which isn’t all too bad.

Overall, the weather in Orlando in April is quite nice – not too rainy and great temperatures for a pool day or 2.

Temperature and precipitation data courtesy of Visit Orlando.

What to wear to Disney World in April

Photo from behind two women in t-shirts, waving at Goofy in the background.
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For the most part, cool layers will be your best bet on what to wear to Disney World in April. 

While it won’t be as hot and humid as it is in the Summer months, the temperatures can get into the 80s. 

Keep an eye on the forecast and at the very least, throw in a sweatshirt or light jacket and a pair of pants just in case.

Per usual, pack the shoes that work best for you, whether that be sandals or sneakers. 

That said, I don’t recommend wearing heels to the parks, unless you’ll only be there for a short time, such as for a dinner reservation. 

Otherwise, you can really hurt yourself – and no one wants to be laid up in their hotel room because their feet hurt too much!

At minimum, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, and a compact rain poncho or umbrella in your park bag. These will help you beat the sun and rain.

For more tips on what to pack for Disney World, check out my Disney World packing list, which includes a FREE printable list to help you stay organized while you pack for your trip.

Events & holidays

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Custom graphic by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival continues into April. I can’t wait for the Garden Rocks concert series and yummy food booths. How about you?

For tips on planning your visit to this festival, check out my Epcot Flower & Garden guide.

April is also when most K-12 schools have Spring Break, plus Easter is March 31, so you’ll likely see lots of families with kids visiting during early April. 

The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend is April 18 – 21, 2024. This Pixar-themed event includes 5K, 10K, and 10-mile races.

Plus there’s also a special event at Typhoon Lagoon and yoga at Hollywood Studios before park open.

Lastly, with Animal Kingdom’s birthday and Earth Day on Monday, April 22, Animal Kingdom celebrates all month long with special snacks, merchandise and sometimes new attractions.

For more insight into the best and worst times to visit Disney World, sign up for my newsletter to get access to my free downloadable Disney World crowd calendar.

What’s closed at Disney World in March

There are several rides and attractions that are closed in April. As reopening dates are announced, this post will be updated.

Animal Kingdom

Photo of a mandrill holding a baby at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.
  • Colors of Mo’Ara face painting station has been “temporarily closed” since March 2020, but no reopening date has been announced.

Epcot

Photo of a Fantasia themed topiary for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival at the park's main entrance, with Spaceship Earth in the background.
David Roark/Disney

The following shops and restaurants are closed in April:

  1. The Brass Bazaar
  2. Casablanca Carpets
  3. Der Teddybar
  4. Marketplace in the Medina
  5. Mitsukoshi Kiosk
  6. El Ranchito del Norte
  7. Restaurant Marrakesh
  8. Village Traders (between China and Germany pavilions)
  9. Trading Post (between Canada and the United Kingdom pavilions)
  10. Sportsman’s Shoppe

Hollywood Studios

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is closed and will reopen in Summer 2024.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay Theater may still be closed in April 2024. However, the shops, props, and meet-and-greets are still expected to be open.

Magic Kingdom

Photo of Princess Ariel sitting in a clamshell shaped chair atop a float as part of Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy parade.
Courtney Kiefer/Disney
  • Country Bear Jamboree will be closed for a reimagining, but expected to reopen in Summer 2024.
  • Splash Mountain is closed permanently, but will reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Fall 2024.

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon

  • Blizzard Beach will be closed starting March 17, 2024. Typhoon Lagoon will be open.

Other locations

  • At Disney Springs and Grand Floridian Resort, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique remains closed with no reopen date announced yet.
  • 1900 Park Fare character dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa reopens on April 10, 2024.

Will you visit Disney World in April?

Are you planning to visit Disney World in April for some springtime fun? Let’s chat in the comments below.

Lastly, for more monthly vacation planning guides, check out these posts:

  1. WDW in January
  2. WDW in February
  3. WDW in March
  4. WDW in April – you are here!
  5. WDW in May
  6. WDW in June
  7. WDW in July
  8. WDW in August
  9. WDW in September
  10. WDW in October
  11. WDW in November
  12. WDW in December

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published on February 6, 2022 and last updated January 16, 2024.

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Friday 24th of March 2023

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Barbara

Monday 20th of March 2023

Looking for a BBB reservation for April 27th. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to do this?

Thanks, Barbara

Meg Frost

Tuesday 21st of March 2023

Hi Barbara, The BBB in Magic Kingdom is open. You can make reservations here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/shops/magic-kingdom/bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-park/. You can start booking reservations 60 days ahead of the date or if you have a wdw hotel reservation, you can book 60 days ahead of the start of your trip, which can give you a little bit of an advantage. These reservations fill up pretty quickly, so you may want to have alternative dates or keep checking every day to see if there are any cancellations. I hope they reopen the BBB's at Disney Springs & Grand Floridian soon!