Disneyland in April: Events, Crowds, and Weather

Tulips Blooming at it's a small world
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    Disneyland in April

    Goofy in Disneyland's Toontown
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    What to expect at Disneyland in April changes every year. 

    Easter can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25. 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.

    If you want to travel in spring and your schedule is flexible, think about going to Disneyland in a different month.

    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.

    Closures

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

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    Crowds and Events

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

    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.

    Late in April is the unofficial Dapper Day event, when visitors dress up in their 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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    Weather

    Tulips Blooming at it's a small world
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    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

    The Dapper Dans sing at Disneyland
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    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.

    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 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.

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