April at Disney World: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Ideal weather balances the bigger spring holiday crowds

A mom and daughters enjoy playground at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The Walt Disney Company

Though it's spring in much of the country, things begin to heat up to near summer levels at Walt Disney World in April. At this Orlando, Florida destination, you can expect highs in the mid-80s and very little rain. The crowds at theme parks all over the city start to pick up as well this month, but on the upside, Disney expands its offerings when the park gets busy. Keep your eye out for extended hours, parades, and shows to keep you entertained.

Disney World Weather in April

One could describe April weather as pleasantly balmy, with only three days of rain, on average. The humidity is generally tolerable this time of year, especially when you compare it to more humid months in the summer.

  • Average high temperature: 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low temperature: 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius)

The days start to lengthen in April and by the end of the month, you can enjoy over 13 hours of daylight, and the sun setting around 8 p.m. April does tend to be a bit windier than other months, which can disguise the strength of the sun's UV rays.

What to Pack

The weather can fluctuate in April, so it's best to pack versatile clothing that you can layer for added warmth if you need it. Many places in the park overcompensate for the hot weather outside with super-cooled air conditioning, so you may find yourself in need of a light sweater or hoodie when you venture indoors. Casual attire works in the theme parks, while bathing suits and water shoes make the most practical wear for the water parks. Slather on the sunscreen even if it seems overcast because the Florida sun can inflict serious damage at any time of the year. You may not see any rain during an April visit, but it's always a good idea to pack a poncho or light jacket for everyone in your group in case of an errant storm.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Walt Disney World

April Events at Disney World

Disney World gears up for the summer season with a handful of active, outdoor events in April. On top of the great rides and daily fun available year-round, April is the perfect time to stop and smell the flowers and celebrate your inner Jedi Knight at Disney World.

  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: This event is in full bloom in April, featuring tasty bites prepared in outdoor kitchens, Disney-themed topiaries, elaborate gardens, how-to exhibits, and free Garden Rocks concerts on the weekends featuring popular artists.
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend: Inspired by Darth Vader and the stormtroopers of Star Wars, this event includes a Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, Star Wars Dark Side Challenge, and the Disney Kids Races. There is also a Kessel Run Challenge that combines an actual half marathon with a virtual half marathon.
  • Earth Day Celebration: Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates the planet with interactive activities, the Wild by Nature speaker series, and enhanced animal encounters.

April Travel Tips

  • Crowds tend to get thicker towards the end of the month when more schools let kids off for the summer holiday, so plan a trip towards the beginning of April if you want to avoid the crowds.
  • Both Easter and spring break typically occur in April, so expect to see heavy crowds throughout the resort during these times. Attractions, restaurants, and pools will be overrun as both tourists and locals take advantage of vacation days. Disney considers April to be part of the regular season, so you won't come across many discount offers. Prices tend to spike during the two weeks around Easter.
  • Look for the garden-themed playgrounds and butterfly hatchery scattered in and around Future World at Epcot if you are traveling with small children. You won't find these special exhibits and activities at any other time of year.
  • Disney After Hours is an under-the-radar feature available for select dates. Visitors can enjoy 3-hour exclusive experiences in the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The most popular attractions, along with character greetings, are offered at this after-hours event. You wouldn’t have to wait long to ride fan favorites including Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.
  • Mitigate the holiday crowds by learning how to use Disney World’s My Disney Experience, including Fastpass+, to make advance ride reservations.
  • Disney resort guests can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours in the morning or evening and get a little more playtime in the parks.
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