With Easter falling on April 21, 2019, you can expect it to be one of the most crowded months of the year, with Spring Break and holiday crowds descending upon Walt Disney World. If you’re able to get past that, the parks have long hours with a reasonable slate of entertainment, and some of the best weather of the year.
If you’re visiting on Easter or the weeks immediately before it, it’s also worth noting that there are special festivities for the holiday. Take a look at our Guide to Easter at Walt Disney Worldfor more on the beautifully-decorated eggs, seasonal foods, Magic Kingdom meet & greet, pre-parade, and everything else you can expect from Easter in the parks and hotels.
Outside of the first week, April is exceptional when it comes to weather. Lows at the beginning of the month are in the low-60s and creep up into the mid-60s by the end of the month. High temperatures range from 80 to 85 degrees. Take a look at the “comfortable” band on this page–those are the kind of averages we like to see!
Obviously, anomalies are possible in both the “too cool” and “too hot” directions, but largely, April is one of the more comfortable months weather-wise in Orlando. April is more predictable than March and May, both of which are more likely to have unseasonable cold snaps (in the case of March) or early humidity (in the case of May). While all 3 months are great for weather, April is the “safest.”
If you’re considering a spring visit, April crowds fluctuate dramatically depending upon whether Easter occurs in April. This year, it did not, making much of April great from a crowd perspective outside of the first few days of the month, which saw residual Easter travelers. Unfortunately, for the next several years (until 2024!) Easter falls within April, meaning that it will see a noticeable spike in crowds.
While April is not the Spring Break month for most colleges and schools with static Spring Break schedules (that’s primarily March), many schools in the United States schedule their Spring Breaks around Easter. This means that the couple of weeks around Easter (particularly the week before) will be two of the busiest of the year. Aside from those weeks, April is slightly above average, but you don’t have nearly as many colleges or schools with static breaks taking them at other times in April.
The plus side of Easter in April is that you get it as a special event, with a few offerings for the holiday. There’s an Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Bunny) meet and greet in Magic Kingdom, plus an Azalea Trail Maids pre-parade before Festival of Fantasy. While their costumes are pretty, this is fairly insignificant. There are also church services at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on Easter Sunday.
Much more significant than that is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which continues in April and brings a vibrant atmosphere to Epcot, but there’s not much else. The words “vibrant atmosphere” don’t exactly get the kids hyped up like “trick or treating” or “THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SANTA WILL BE THERE.” The annual event will run from March 6, 2019 until June 3, 2019.
Kidding aside, Flower & Garden Festival is actually one of our favorite events at Walt Disney World, but we understand it doesn’t pack the punch as other seasonal events unless you’re fogies like us. There’s also a Star Wars runDisney weekend if you enjoy paying money to run around (and really, who doesn’t?!), from April 4 to 7, 2019.
In terms of other attractions that will be closed during May, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Just a heads up: that might be a bit deceptive in terms of actual construction work. This coming April, there’s going to be a lot of ongoing construction throughout Walt Disney World, and will be for the next several years.
While Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the big project right now, and it finishes in Late 2019, other projects at Magic Kingdom and Epcot won’t be finished until early 2021. Some of this won’t be visually noticeable (such as the work on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway), but other projects (such as those at hotels) will have a much greater impact.
In terms of promotions, don’t expect much. It’s way too early for the Free Disney Dining Plan promo (the holy grail of Walt Disney World discounts) offered in the fall, and slightly too early for the scaled back Free Summer Meal Plan promo. Instead, you’re typically looking at the tried and true room-only discount offer for all of the month outside of the Easter holiday window.
In terms of pricing, April is again normal outside of the Easter holiday weeks. For 1-day park tickets, most of April is “regular” season; for hotels, pricing is also at the “Regular Season” rate. You might be able to do better scoring deals off-site, because April is a fairly competitive month for Orlando tourism.
This being a “regular” season is borne out in the Walt Disney World Park Hours for April (again, outside of the Easter weeks). Aside from some midnight closings for the Magic Kingdom, opening and closing times are pretty average. It’s worth noting that park hours are a decent proxy for projected attendance levels, so the later a particular park is open, the higher Disney expects the crowds to be. Plan accordingly. For more tips on what times of year might be good for visiting, check out our When To Visit Walt Disney World post for the best and worst months of the year.
Overall, what you encounter in April depends greatly upon Easter. For every year between now and until 2024, Easter falls in April. This makes the dates around the holiday in April incredibly expensive and crowded. Outside of that, April is a fairly “average” month in a lot of ways. We think that’s what’s most interesting about April: once you get past Easter, April is actually pretty appealing. The weather is great, the crowds are not terrible, and Epcot is looking great with Flower & Garden Festival. Of course, Easter is a pretty huge asterisk. It seems like the months that have the biggest draw always have asterisks next to them. “Yeah, Christmas is beautiful…oh but watch out for the horny Pop Warner teens and the potential for needing a parka.” Same deal for April (minus the horny teens and parka).