Disney World in April: Earth Day Fun, New Cirque de Soleil Show, Epcot Festivals

Disney World in April is a great time of year for guests to visit Orlando with mild weather and plenty of festival activities to enjoy.

Everyone has personal preferences to consider when planning the date of their Walt Disney World trip- each season will have its pros and cons and guests' choices will vary based on those. Make sure to read our Walt Disney World crowd calendar to get an idea of what to expect when picking a date to visit Walt Disney World.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in April including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!

Important update: due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World is closed until further notice. Read our article to find out everything you need to know about the coronavirus Disney World closure including how to book your vacation with a discount here.

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Here are all the current events to know about impacting Disney World in April!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Spring begins to bloom at Disney World as the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is happening during the entire month of April! This annual event brings beautiful gardens, playgrounds, and great entertainment. Even if you aren't into gardening, be sure to get a picture by the freshly trimmed hedges near the Imagination pavilion.

NEW-Cirque du Soleil Show

Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have collaborated with Cirque du Soleil to create a show of Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry. Previews for the new show will continue during the first part of April leading up to the world premiere on April 17. It's likely that previews will only be for Annual Passholders but there is a chance they will be offered to the general public too. Starting April 17th anyone can enjoy this spectacular new show.

Party for the Planet

April 20-22nd Disney's Animal Kingdom will hold an Earth-Day celebration that includes interactive activities and animal encounters to celebrate conservation.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend takes place at the beginning of April. If you're a Star Wars fan, you won't want to want to miss this event. There are runs for fans of every age, including children races, a half marathon, and a 5 and 10K.

Disney After Hours Events

Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights this month at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. This special ticketed event allows guests to experience the park after the crowds have gone for evening and enjoy low waits for top rides.

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Disney World in April Crowd Calendar

April sees a larger upswing in crowds between the impact of spring break and Easter. But the bright side in higher crowd levels is that Disney will increase their entertainment hours and operating hours which makes the news of higher crowd levels a bit more welcome.

Staying on site is a big plus for visiting Disney World in April so you can navigate those spring break crowds much easier by being close by and taking advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours will allow you early and later access into the parks.

Disney World Weather in April

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Visiting Disney World in April is a great time of year for guests that want to avoid rain since April is a relatively dry month with the lowest humidity and chance of rain. The warm weather starts to increase in April in Florida though so you can expect to experience some heat! The average high in April is 82 degrees with the average low being 63 degrees.

April in Disney World can also bring with it a little windy weather which can mark for a nice warm and breezy day.

Tips for Visiting Disney World in April

When it comes to visiting Disney World in April, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time on your vacation.

What to Wear 

One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disney World? Always check the weather leading up to your trip. April is one of the best months of the year when it comes to great weather at Disney World! You should plan for hot days since the average high easily reaches the 80s so pack the summer clothes, sunblock, and everything you need to stay. While the chance for rain is really small, it's always a good idea to still bring those rain ponchos any time you visit Florida.

What to Pack 

April brings such warm weather that you should pack for summer! Think summer clothes, sunscreen, cooling towels, and whatever else you might need to keep your family cooled off if the temperatures get high. Always check the weather right before your trip and come prepared based on what the forecast says.

You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you're visiting Disney World.

What to Expect

There are a few things you should expect when choosing Aprilas your month to visit Disney World:

  • Make time for Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival- even if you're not passionate about gardening, there's plenty to see and do at this festival! Between tours of the beautiful Epcot gardens, dining, and rock concerts there is plenty to enjoy. Make advance dining reservations to ensure your spot for any of the offered dining packages.
  • Prepare for Possible Construction- at the recent D23 Expo, Disney Parks announced a huge project to completely reorganize and add to Epcot in preparation Disney World's 50th Anniversary in 2021.
  • Tips for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge- if you're planning on visiting Batuu, then make sure to read our guide on the new Star Wars themed land! There are a few experiences that have been extremely popular aside from the Millennium Falcon ride and it's good to show up prepared so you know where to go first and how to make reservations for popular experiences.

But most of all, remember to enjoy your time at the most magical place on earth!

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