April 2024 at Disney World: Crowd Calendar & Info

Our guide to April 2024 at Walt Disney World offers a free crowd calendar, weeks to visit & avoid, weather, ride refurbishments, and tips for navigating the chaos of Easter and Spring Break. Plus, info for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.

If you’re considering a spring visit, April crowds fluctuate depending upon whether Easter occurs in April. During most years, that’s the case–Easter hasn’t happened in March since 2016. However, that changes next year, as Easter will be March 31, 2024. This is very bad news for those visiting Walt Disney World in March 2024, and very good news for those visiting in April.

You can expect the days before and week after that to be among the busiest times of the year at Walt Disney World. Additionally, Spring Break crowds will descend upon Walt Disney World throughout March 2024. April still isn’t out of the woods, but it’s not nearly as bad as a normal year.

The down side of Easter in March is that you will NOT get it as a special event, with a few offerings for the holiday. This means no Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Bunny) meet and greet in Magic Kingdom or decorated eggs at the resorts. As enjoyable as those things are, we’ll gladly take the lower crowds!

Here’s what else you can expect during April at Walt Disney World, organized by category…

April Weather at Disney World

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.”

April Special Events at Disney World

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 World for 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.

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 for the entire month of April, likely continuing until early July.

Aside from the first week, expect average park hours in April 2024. 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 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars post for the best and worst months of the year.

April Refurbishments & New Rides

When it comes to attractions that will be closed during April 2024, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Walt Disney World announces most major refurbishment projects at least a few months in advance, meaning more could still be added for Spring 2024 as we draw nearer those dates. However, April tends not to have much down as it’s a busy month.

The construction project that has had the most noticeable impact on the guest experience is the massive reimagining at the front of Epcot. Disney has promised that’ll be done before 2024, so the biggest construction projects then will either be Tiana’s Bayou Adventure or expansion at Animal Kingdom. We shall see!

On the plus side, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space 220 Restaurant, Creations Shop, Club Cool, Connections Cafe, and Harmonious all have now debuted.

When looking forward to April 2024 at EPCOT, a couple of things that are uncertain right now. First is whether Cosmic Rewind will still be using a virtual queue. We highly doubt it, but if so, read this. Second, what’ll be going on with the Disney100 celebration and new nighttime spectacular that’s (supposedly) debuting for that. All of that should be underway during April 2024, but Walt Disney World has been oddly silent about that.

One thing about which there is certainty is the biggest addition to Magic Kingdom: TRON Lightcycle Run. This will still be the newest major attraction at Walt Disney World, and will be one year old as of April 2024. We assume it’ll still be using a virtual queue then, so see our Virtual Queue Strategy Guide for TRON Lightcycle Run for details, tips & tricks for success, and more.

For an overview of what’s on the horizon, see What’s New & Next at Walt Disney World in 2024 & Beyond.

April 2024 Crowd Calendar for Disney World

We’ll start this free crowd calendar section with the same preface as other months—skip ahead a few paragraphs if you’ve already read it. We don’t have a color-coded crowd calendar here because we don’t put much reliance on them anymore. You shouldn’t, either. If we just had a visual crowd calendar graphic here, many of you would only look at that and not read the accompanying explanation that covers what you might actually expect. That’d be doing you a disservice.

While they can be useful tools, crowd calendars are one small piece of a much larger puzzle. We no longer choose our own Disney travel dates based exclusively upon crowd calendars and we’d likewise discourage you from doing so. Crowd calendars are increasingly unreliable because of the way Disney manipulates attendance patterns, staffing, closures, and ride capacity.

Walt Disney World doesn’t release official attendance numbers, so crowd calendars utilize info like school schedules, airport traffic statistics, hotel pricing & occupancy, and other indicators as proxies for crowds. For years, this approach worked and made crowd calendars reliable. Walt Disney World attendance followed an identifiable pattern that tracked with the aforementioned proxies.

More recently, wait times don’t always reflect actual crowds because Disney has become adept and more sophisticated at manipulating both attendance and crowd flow. Think of this as the difference between the actual temperature and the “feels like” temperature, but with crowds. We can still actual crowd and attendance patterns, but not wait times. The latter are what most of you likely care about (the “feels like” crowds), but it’s more difficult to accurately forecast wait times via WDW crowd calendars.

While April is not the Spring Break month for most colleges and schools with static Spring Break schedules, 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.

Fortunately, Easter falls on March 31, 2024. This means that the worst of the peak season (10/10) crowds at Walt Disney World for Spring Break will occur in March 2024, rather than April. In addition to this, both Osceola and Orange County, Florida are scheduled to have their Spring Breaks in March. Those districts have the biggest impact on Walt Disney World attendance, so crowds should moderate a bit in late March and early April 2024.

The week after Easter will still likely be busy, as many school districts–particularly those in the Northeast and Midwest–have their Spring Breaks that week. We’ve spot-checked several of the largest school districts, and this is the case with several of them. Additionally, April 18-21, 2024 is also the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, so that’ll be busy.

Consequently, expect 8/10 or 9/10 crowd levels for April 1-6, 2024. After that, a reasonable drop-off is likely the following week. April 15-19 could see a bump due to early arrivals for the runDisney weekend, but crowd levels should still be trending downward. That’ll continue for the remainder of the month and into May 2024.

Our expectation for all of those weeks is average crowds in the 3/10 to 4/10 range. That’s about what happened in 2023, and the end result was Slowest Six Week Stretch at Walt Disney World in 2 Years from late April through May. We aren’t predicting crowd levels that are that low, but it’s possible that 1/10 to 2/10 crowd levels are more common than 4/10.

Not nearly as many colleges or schools have Spring Break at the end of the month, but there are a couple of cheer and dance competitions that bump up crowds a bit. That’s really about it, though. There are no major red flags after the first week–not even the runDisney event.

All things considered, the first week of April 2024 will be busy at Walt Disney World, but not nearly as bad as March 2024. The rest of the month will be below average. If you visit in April, you should be in really good shape after that first week!

April Pricing & Discounts

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 first week. 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.

Ultimately, we normally warn of April being one of the worst months–at least the first half–to visit Walt Disney World. However, that has been because Easter has fallen during April for the last 7 years. That isn’t the case for April 2024, making it a highly desirable month to visit outside that first week.

Beyond crowds, April is actually appealing for other reasons. The weather is great, refurbishments are rare, and Epcot is looking great with Flower & Garden Festival. If 2023 was any indication, the 3+ weeks of April after Spring Break season have ended should be absolutely fantastic–the intersection of pleasant weather (knock on wood–it’s Florida, so heat and humidity are always possibilities!), low crowds, and Walt Disney World in bloom.

Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know!

Your Thoughts

Do you agree or disagree with our thoughts on April? Do you think it’s average, exceptional, or somewhere in between? Enjoy visiting for Easter? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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