Things begin to heat up in Disney World in April; visitors can expect highs in the mid-eighties. Theme park crowds pick up as well, peaking during Spring Break and Easter weekend. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom in April, featuring special events, concerts, classes and exhibits.
Both Easter and Spring Break often occur in April, so expect to see peak crowds at Disney World during these times. Rides, restaurants and resorts will be crowded as both vacationers and locals flood the parks. You can make the most of your trip by using FastPass+, single rider lines and the rider switch program, and by making dining reservations well in advance.
Peak crowds mean that Disney will be bringing out top-notch entertainment. Look for extended hours, parades and shows to keep you entertained and busy. Disney resort guests can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours in the morning or evening and get a little more time to play in the parks.
- Even if you are not a gardener, check out the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. This event features special exhibits, playgrounds and activities you can't find any other time of year at Disney World. Look for the garden-themed playgrounds and butterfly hatchery scattered in and around Future World if you are traveling with small children.
- Avoid heavy Easter crowds by taking advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours program, available exclusively for resort guests.
- Disney pools are heated, so you can take a dip in the morning or evening even if the air is cool.
Warnings and Cautions:
- Beware of "April Showers," and pack a poncho or light rain jacket for every member of your party.
- Pace yourself — while there is plenty to see and do, it is easy to get overwhelmed and tired out after the first few days of your trip.
- Expect lines for big attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Soarin' and visit these rides early in the morning for best results.