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A guide to Disney World in April

With temperatures rising at Disney, make plans to spend time at the pool at the resort you are staying at. Pictured here: Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort pool
With temperatures rising at Disney, make plans to spend time at the pool at the resort you are staying at. Pictured here: Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort poolHeather Leigh

Things start to heat up in the Central Florida area during the month of April. Guests can expect temperatures in the mid-80’s and theme parks will be hopping during this time too. Parks will be more crowded as spring break vacations continue and Easter weekend brings many to the Central Florida area. Plus, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will be continuing, bringing many more guests to the park for the special events, concerts and exhibits.

If you plan to visit in April, make sure to full understand how to use Disney’s FastPass+ system, single rider lines and the rider switch program. This will help you avoid long lines and make the most out of your Disney getaway. Plan to use your FastPass+ for Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Epcot’s Soarin’ because these lines tend to get the longest during this time of year.

To help ensure you have dining reservations, do not forget you can book your advance dining reservations as early as 180 days before your arrival to the Disney parks and resorts.

If you are brave enough to head to the parks and fight the crowds, you will be rewarded with many additional entertainment options as Disney beefs up its traditional line-up to keep the heavy crowds happy and entertained. There are also plenty of additional Extra Magic Hours available for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Check theme park hours and make plans to arrive early and stay late at your favorite park while visiting.

Take time to explore Epcot and enjoy the many offerings during the International Florida and Garden Festival in April. There are a variety of playgrounds for kids and a butterfly garden where they can see the transformation of a butterfly up close. This event also has plenty of exhibits, activities and learning opportunities all themed around the backyard and garden. (The International Flower and Garden Festival is included with theme park admission to Epcot.)

Florida is known for its “April Showers” so be prepared and pack a light jacket or poncho to keep you dry from the rain. But do not worry. These showers only stick around for a few minutes in the afternoon.

Check back for more guides to Disney World throughout the year.

Happy vacationing!