Are you heading out for spring break in the Disney parks soon? This is a fantastic time of year to visit a Walt Disney World resort, as the weather hasn’t gotten super humid yet and you can ride all of the water rides without being too chilly! If you are planning to visit the theme parks, be sure to check out this Disney World packing list post for April!
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What is the weather like in Orlando in April?
Spring weather is the best time for the theme parks. Late spring and early fall are my personal preference for a Walt Disney World vacation. Summer months can be filled with sticky and hot days in Lake Buena Vista, but the spring is much more moderate. The average temperatures for Orlando in April are around 78-80 degrees F. It rarely goes below 72 degrees and the average high temperatures generally don’t go above 90 degrees.
You may still get the occasional rainy days or afternoon showers, so throwing an umbrella or poncho in your suitcase is a good idea. Early mornings or late nights can be a bit chilly, so be sure to check the weather forecast to see if you might need a light jacket or long pants. Purchasing ponchos and sweatshirts from Disney resorts with your favorite characters emblazoned on them can get pricey, so check before you head out on your Disney trip!
My favorite app for weather at Disney World is Dark Sky. Set it to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the best way to get the most reliable forecast for Florida weather. Also, set up notifications to be alerted when bad weather is on the way. Hurricane season tends to be later in the summer and fall, so April isn’t a particularly rainy season in central Florida.
Is April a good time to visit Disney World?
April is a beautiful time to visit Disney World. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival takes place all month long, so it is the perfect time to capture some great pictures in Epcot. It is one of my favorite special events in the most magical place on Earth!
Be sure to check Disney World crowd calendars for your dates in April. If you have some flexibility, try to avoid the Easter holidays or the major spring break weeks. Don’t worry though if you need to travel during school breaks. You will still have a wonderful time! The most important thing is just to plan well.
Plan ahead and grab some dining reservations before your trip. You can begin to reserve dining 60 days before your Disney World vacation, so snag some sit down dining reservations and take a break when wait times seem long. Also, our family takes a mid day break around 3:00 or so when long lines fill the parks. Mobile order a snack and rest in a quiet spot (ask Disney cast members where you can find some quiet!) or even leave the parks for a bit.
On sunny days, the Florida sun can be quite intense, so take a rest in your hotel room or at the pool. Return for dinner or after dinner to catch a few more rides or the evening shows and fireworks. It’s a great way to have some relaxation during your park days. Some of our favorite Disney memories are at our resort, relaxing by the pool!
Park hours tend to be extended for the spring break crowds, so even if it is crowded, you can use the early entry or extended hours to your advantage if staying on site. Be sure to use the My Disney Experience app to see wait times and consider purchasing Genie Plus to shave time off of your waits.
I will always also suggest using travel agents specializing in Disney travel for planning your trip. We add no extra expense to your trip. In fact, if you are booking a Disney resort, Disney tickets or a Disney cruise, our cost is factored into your trip! A good travel agent can help you make dining reservations, make park passes, and give you some advice on park planning.
Can you swim at Disney in April?
Yes! Most likely, the warm weather will be perfect for swimming on your Disney vacation. It may not always be the peak of hot weather, but it will still be warm weather and the pools at Disney are heated at any time of year. Therefore, even if you have some days with cooler temperatures, it should feel great in the pools!
Spending some time on a rest day in your hotel room and at the pool can be a great way to relax and get away from park noise. Towels are generally available at the pools at no cost.
The water parks at Disney, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach also provide a great option for those looking for the best water rides! Just be sure to double check hours and days of operation for Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, as they may close for seasonal or weather related issues or for refurbishment.
Throw that bathing suit in your suitcase along with some goggles and sunscreen and enjoy that Florida sun!
What should I include in my park bag in April?
For your next Disney World trip in April, be sure to throw the essentials in a park bag. My favorite park bag is lightweight and water resistant and easily slings over my shoulders. Some essentials to include on your Disney packing list in April are:
- face masks (check current Disney policy to find out where these are necessary)
- water bottle (can be refilled with cups of water from any quick service or water fountains for free)
- small umbrella and/or poncho*
- credit card/ID
- Disney gift cards (if applicable)
- hand sanitizer
- gum (not sold in the parks)
- hard candy
- Magic Bands
- lip balm
- portable fan (if daytime temperatures are high)
- light up glow sticks or toys for children*
- Band Aids and moleskin
- portable chargers
- sun hat or baseball cap
- flip flops (if you get too wet on rides like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids)
*I tend to run to the dollar Store before our Disney trips with young children. You can find lightweight, disposable ponchos and light up glow sticks for your kiddos. It’s also a good time to stock up on inexpensive coloring books, activity books, and other Disney related items that might occupy your children during your travel days.
For more info on my favorite park backpacks for Disney, hop over to this post.
What kind of shoes are best for the Disney parks in April?
People ask me all the time about the best option for comfortable walking shoes for a Disney World trip. I have a few favorites. I would suggest taking at least two pairs of shoes so that you can alternate if one pair gets wet or starts to irritate your feet. This is not the perfect time to break in a new pair of shoes, so make sure you sure you pack comfortable shoes that are broken in before you leave for central Florida.
If you want a casual tennis shoe style for walking down Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom, take a look at the Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running shoe. I like this option because they are lightweight, they dry quickly, and I like their simple neutral color which matches any outfit.
A lot of people love waterproof sandals for Disney World. My favorites are my Keen sandals. On my last trip, I wore these on my Hollywood Studios day. They were perfect even after a rain shower in the afternoon, and I really love the breathability.
Another great walking sandal that my best friend swears by is made by Teva. They are very comfortable and dry easily. We tested that theory when we were in a downpour in Animal Kingdom all day on our last trip!
Whatever you pack, make sure all of your family members are comfortable with their shoes! Even meeting the best Disney characters or having the best experience in Star Wars land can be ruined if your feet hurt!
Is there a dress code at Disney World?
Disney suggests that all guests wear proper attire during their time in the parks. This includes shoes and shirts and a “common sense” approach to choosing your clothing.
Disney does not allow people over the age of 14 to wear costumes or costume masks in the parks. They also do not allow clothing with obscene or inappropriate images or language, excessively torn clothing or clothing that is too revealing for a family park.
Do I need a jacket for Disney World in April?
I do suggest packing a lightweight jacket for your April trip to Disney World. The weather can be a bit unpredictable and rain showers can pop up, particularly in the afternoon. It’s also a great way to layer in the early mornings for park opening. You may also want it in the evenings when the sun goes down and you are waiting for the evening fireworks.
What should I include in my suitcase for Disney World in April?
Whether you are traveling in the first half of the month or the second half of the month, there are some general items you will want to have in your suitcase. It’s always a great idea to check the weather forecast before you travel to make your final selections.
- long pants and cardigans, if cooler temperatures
- tank tops for layering
- bathing suits
- flip flops for the pool
- swim cover ups
- swim diapers (if needed)
- short sleeved tops
- comfortable shoes
- park bag
- breathable face masks
- hand sanitizer
- water bottle
- ID/insurance card
- credit card
- Magic Bands
- portable charger
- confirmations of hotel, rentals, etc.
- autograph books, Sharpies
- books, magazines, coloring books, etc.
Is Disney crowded at Easter?
Short answer, yes. Disney World will be crowded on Easter and around the Easter weekend. Many people may have school breaks and, in general, people like to spend their holidays at Disney. So, Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving…they all tend to be more crowded. Remember that the date for Easter changes every year, so be sure to consider that when planning your next Disney World vacation.
Does Disney World offer any special events for Easter?
You will see a little Easter celebrating throughout the Disney parks and resorts. This year, you can find an Easter Bunny Meet and Greet on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom for some photo opportunities.
There is also an Easter parade which takes place before the afternoon parade in Magic Kingdom, featuring Mr. Bunny, Thumper, Daisy Duck and some dancing chicks. Lots of fun for your little ones!
There is also an Eggs-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. You can purchase a map for $7.99 and hunt for beautiful eggs throughout the park. When you find them all, turn your map in for a little prize at Disney Traders!
Also, be sure to stop into Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to see their beautiful chocolate egg displays. These amazing eggs are designed and sculpted by the talented pastry chefs at the resorts. Definitely worth a visit!
What else could we do near Disney in April?
While you are visiting Disney World in April, there are loads of other places you can explore in central Florida! A trip to Universal Studios is an easy drive away and full of fun for several days. See my packing list for Universal here. Another great option to visit a nearby beach for a day or two. See some of our favorites here.
If you have a science lover in your family, consider a trip to Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center. Sea World is another fun option that combines theme park attractions with animals. My kids love it there, and the food is pretty good too!
Younger kids, 10 and under, also might enjoy a trip to Legoland. It is about an 1.5 hour drive from Orlando and well worth the trip for some fun, easy rides and Lego lovers.
I hope this post helps you pack for your next April vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. Orlando is a beautiful place to spend some time in the spring! Be sure to sign up for my free packing list printable below. And, keep reading for more suggestions for your next trip Disney with your family and friends!