Our guide to April 2022 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. (Updated March 30, 2022.)
If you’re considering a spring visit, April crowds fluctuate depending upon whether Easter occurs in April. Unfortunately for those visiting Walt Disney World in April, Easter falls within this month every year until 2024, meaning that there will be a noticeable spike in crowds during April for the foreseeable future.
This year, Easter falls on April 17, 2022. 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 April 2022. 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…
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.
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 2022, continuing until early July 2022.
Aside from Easter week, park hours are pretty average in April. 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 2022 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars post for the best and worst months of the year.
April Refurbishments & New Rides
In terms of other attractions that will be closed during April 2022, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Walt Disney World announces most major refurbishment projects at least a few months in advance, but more could still be added for Spring 2022 as we draw nearer those dates. However, April tends not to have much down as it’s a busy month.
The major exception to this is the multi-year reimagining at the front of Epcot, which will eliminate Future World and replace it with 3 new neighborhoods. This project has already kicked into high gear, and will continue through at least 2023.
This unprecedented overhaul has led us to address the question Should You Visit Epcot? in a dedicated post. For most people, the answer will be yes, but it’s still worth going in with a realistic view of just how much construction will impact your vacation.
On the new attraction front, there’s Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot, which debuted for the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Also still new for April 2022 are Harmonious (also at Epcot) and Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, which are two new nighttime spectaculars.
The big attraction debuting for 2022 is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Currently, it doesn’t have an opening date, just “Summer 2022.” Our expectation is that it’ll open Memorial Day weekend with extensive previews throughout May 2022, but nothing in April. Of course, we could be wrong–there’s still the off chance it has previews late in the month.
April 2022 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.
In other words, there will be peak season (10/10) crowds at Walt Disney World from April 9 to 17, 2022. It’s not really much better before that due to Spring Break, which typically occurs in late March 2022. (Both Osceola and Orange County, Florida are scheduled to had their Spring Breaks March 14-18–those districts have the biggest impact on Walt Disney World attendance, so crowds should moderate a bit from late March through early April.)
Originally, our expectation was that April 2022 would only be slightly above average starting Tax Day (April 18, 2022). However, we discovered that New York City has its spring recess from April 15 until April 22, 2022. After doing some additional digging, we learned that many major school districts in the Northeast–typically “feeders” for Walt Disney World crowds–have their spring breaks during this week. (Big thanks to MomOTwins and Meg in the comments to another recent post that prompted this.)
Even if we had not done the additional research, the Disney Park Pass reservation calendar is already showing limited availability for that week at Magic Kingdom. Now, we could chalk that up to people seeing yellow in the prior weeks and getting a jump on booking reservations…but that’s doubtful. More likely, that entire week will also see 9/10 or 10/10 crowd levels at Walt Disney World.
This has been covered in several recent reports, but the last couple of months have been bad. February was the busiest month in the last two years at Walt Disney World and March 2022 will surpass it, with an average wait time across all Walt Disney World attractions of 47 minutes.
Every single week since Presidents’ Day in February, crowd levels have hit 9/10 or 10/10. That’s based on wait time data, which has ranged–on average–from 45 to 51 minutes per attraction. So there is a bit of variance in the daily crowds and wait times, but not enough to drop levels below 9/10. More importantly, the “slower” days have been driven more by extreme weather–heavy rain, specifically–rather than anything we could predict in advance.
If visiting through April 24, 2022, our advice would be to “pack your patience” and be sure to arrive early, take a midday break, and stay late. Additionally, consult our new Genie+ v. Savvy Standby Strategy at Walt Disney World for the best approach to outsmart the crowds and bypass the longest lines.
This is the result of extensive ‘testing’ in Spring 2022 to determine the best and worst ways to beat the crowds right now. (We put a lot of work into that, and it should be incredibly useful for planning, while not being too overwhelming.)
Beginning April 25, 2022 and continuing until the end of the month, April should be slightly above average in terms of crowds. 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.
All things considered, April 2022 will be one of the most crowded months of the year at Walt Disney World. If you must visit in April, go as late in the month as possible.
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 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.
Overall, unless you have no other alternatives, April is pretty much a non-starter every year between now and until 2024 because of Easter. This holiday makes the weeks around it incredibly expensive and crowded. Consequently, April is one of our least favorite months of the year at Walt Disney World, “rivaling” only the hot and humid summer months. (Even then, the summer months are less crowded.)
However, if you don’t care about crowds for some reason (you’re rope dropping every day and using a strong Walt Disney World Park Itinerary), April is actually somewhat appealing. The weather is great, refurbishments are rare, and Epcot is looking great with Flower & Garden Festival. Of course, “if you don’t care about crowds” 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).
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