Disneyland in April

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    Disneyland in April

    Getting "Goofy" in Disneyland's Toontown
    Getting "Goofy" in Disneyland's Toontown. Courtesy of Disneyland

    What to expect at Disneyland in April changes every year. 

    The Easter can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. You can look up this year's date, Other than that, April has no major holidays.

    More important, April is time for spring break. It will be so busy at Disneyland that you'll need all the strategies you can muster.  Check these strategies to find out about more than half a dozen ways to stay out of line.

    If you want to travel in spring and your schedule is flexible, think about going to Disneyland in a different month. Check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland in spring.

    Disneyland's April Hours

    Expect a full entertainment schedule and late park closing times for most of the month. In general, Disneyland will be open 11 to 16 hours every day. California Adventure hours are often shorter. Check April hours up to six weeks in advance.

    April Closures at Disneyland

    Touringplans.com keeps a list of rides expected to close for refurbishment. But with lots of visitors...MORE expected, major closures are unlikely, although rides may close briefly for routine maintenance.

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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in April

    Chef Demonstrations at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Demonstrations at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Disneyland Resort

    Website isitpacked.com predicts that the parks will be busy most of April, but with very light crowds during the last week of the month. Use their crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.

    Cost Considerations

    After April 1, you'll find it hard to get significant ticket discounts, but you can use the Disneyland discounts guide to find a few ways to save.

    Hotel availability will be low, and rates will be high until the end of the month. Use the guide to the best hotel rates at Disneyland to get some ideas that may help with the cost.

    Disneyland April Events

    In April or sometimes early May, an unofficial event called Bats Day in the Fun Park draws a lot of visitors. It's a family-friendly affair, where people sometimes bring their kids. Most of them are locals who enjoy Goth and other dark-themed subcultures, but it also draws international visitors. Find out more at the Bats Day website.

    Late in April is the unofficial Dapper Day event, when visitors dress up in their...MORE nicest clothing to visit the park. They sometimes offer discounted tickets for large groups on their website.

    The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival starts in March and lasts through mid-April.

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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in April

    Tulips Blooming at it's a small world
    Tulips Blooming at it's a small world. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. 

    Anaheim's spring weather is variable, but rain becomes less likely in April, and it can be dry and very pleasant.

    On the average, expect high temperatures of 67°F (20°C) and lows of 53°F (12°C). Annual rainfall in April is about 1 inch (2 cm).

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C), and its record high was 108°F (42°C). 

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in April

    The Dapper Dans sing at Disneyland
    The Dapper Dans sing at Disneyland. Nikki Knight/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

     The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.

    Midday, Disneyland feels hotter than you might expect. It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecasted high.

    Cotton clothing can be comfortable, but if you want to go on water rides, fabrics that dry quickly are a better choice. You can also carry a plastic poncho to keep your clothing dry. If the extras seem like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.

    Before you start packing, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.

    More Disneyland by Month

    Disneyland's least crowded months are January and February but hours are short, rides may be closed for refurbishment and entertainment...MORE options are fewer.

    Spring is great weather-wise and part of March and early May are less crowded.

    Summer's busy season is JuneJuly, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most crowded time of year. That's when you'll definitely need to know these proven ways to spend less time standing in line at Disneyland.

    September is less crowded and has great weather. The holiday season begins in October when the Halloween decorations go up and continues through November and December.