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Are you visiting Disneyland park in April? I know you’re going to have the best time! I’ve got all the information you’re going to need for an amazing trip! Warm weather, The Food & Wine festival and Easter make it a great time to visit. Although crowds will be high due to Spring Breaks across the country, you’ll still be able to have an amazing time!
Genie Plus is up and running at Disneyland now! That could save you valuable time in line. You can also now purchase individual lighting lanes for select attractions like Rise of the Resistance. Click here for more information on the new system.
Disneyland has a limited capacity. They also have a new theme park reservation system. Tickets AND park reservations are required to enter Disneyland. Make sure you have both! Please don’t pay full price for your tickets! Keep reading for info on my favorite place to purchase discount Disney Park Tickets.
Disneyland in April can get pretty crowded due to Spring Breaks. Spring Break season is an ideal time to visit for many families(maybe yours!) so that their children to miss out on school. The good news is, Disneyland will have longer hours and scheduled entertainment more often, so you should have plenty of time in the Park.
Don’t let higher crowds scare you away! You can still have a great time, even when it’s crowded. I do recommend arriving at security at least 60 minutes early. You’ll want to take advantage of the lower wait times in the morning! The afternoons bring long lines. I have lots of other tips to help you enjoy Disneyland when it’s crowded here. The best days to visit for low crowd levels are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hopefully, my Disneyland crowd calendar will be helpful for you.
Disneyland in April usually has pretty mild weather. The days are starting to warm up, nights aren’t as chilly and the rainy season has mostly come and gone.
The average high is 74 degrees F with an average low of 54 degrees F. You may still want to pack a jacket for those chilly evenings. Keep an eye on the weather leading up to your trip so you can be prepared just in case a rainy day pops up!
I have a full guide to what to wear to Disneyland in April. You can find it here.
There’s lots of fun things going on at Disneyland in April including some special events.
Food and Wine Festival
Disney California Adventure Park hosts the Food and Wine Festival starting in early March through late April. This fun event is a great opportunity to feast on California’s finest food and wine in sample size portions. They have culinary demonstrations and fun activities for the entire family! You can find more information here.
Event Highlights(Included with admission)
- Culinary Demonstrations – Local, visiting and Disney chefs prepare a few of their secret recipes on stage––available weekends only!
- Festival Marketplaces – Over a dozen outdoor kiosks offer an assortment of mouthwatering bites, wine and beer.
- Family Programming – Throughout the duration of the festival, find something fun for everyone in the family including special activity zones and demonstrations.
- Cocktails at Sonoma Terrace hosted by CORKCICLE® – Enjoy an expanded menu of craft brews, signature cocktails, savory snacks and more.
- Live Music – Groove to toe-tappin’ musical performances presenting the perfect side dish to complement the bon viveur vibe.
Bookable Experiences(additional fees apply)
- Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions – Over the course of 3 exciting nights, enjoy hand-selected California wines, masterfully paired with an array of small plates.
- Wine, Beer and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars – Discover something special when sommeliers, brew masters and mixologists divulge their industry expertise during these fascinating 45-minute sessions.
Dapper days is a popular event held at Disneyland sometime in mid April. The Dapper Day Expo takes place at the Disneyland Hotel. Dapper days celebrates the vintage style and clothing that was worn at Disneyland when they opened back in 1955. But, you can wear anything that makes you feel stylish.
From the Dapper Days website: ” DAPPER DAY events celebrate sophisticated dressing and timeless style from yesterday and today, with a bit of fun. Everyone is encouraged to participate by dressing up a little – or a lot! Due to the 1950’s feel of Disneyland, many guests enjoy working mid-century-inspired ensembles for our DAPPER DAY outings to that park, but this is optional. We are not trying to recreate a specific period. Just as people once dressed in their Sunday best in the 50’s and 60’s when visiting Disneyland, we’re continuing that tradition of “stepping out in style” with a fun contemporary flair”
Even if you don’t participate in this event, it’s fun to be in the parks when it’s happening. People are so creative and really bring their “A Game”! I love checking out all the different outfits.
Disneyland celebrates Easter with an Easter Egg scavenger hunt throughout both parks. You can purchase a game board from participating shops and search for the hidden eggs. Once you’ve found them all, turn in your game board for a prize!
What To Expect
All the ride and attractions should be up and running. Expect higher crowds because of Spring break. You can expect both parks to be open longer due to higher crowds. Take advantage of the longer park hours by staying later if your able! Arriving in time for rope drop will make all the difference during higher crowd days! Don’t let higher crowds scare you away. April is a great time to visit and you can still have a great time, even in a crowded park.
What to Pack
Having a well packed bag is incredibly helpful anytime you’re on a Disney trip. Don’t get stuck paying a small fortune for something you easily could have brought from home or purchased at a much lower price at home. Here’s a list of Disney park bag essentials that I like to have with me while I’m inside the parks. I also save a ton of money by buying things on Amazon before my trip. Here’s my Disney trip Amazon list.
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I have a bunch of hotel reviews that might be helpful for you if you’re still trying to decide where you’d like to stay.
I’ve got bunches of information on planning a Disneyland trip that will be so helpful for you! Start with my complete guide to visiting Disneyland. It’s a step-by-step guide for planning your vacation that will be helpful. Check out my top 10 Disneyland tips and my guide to when to visit Disneyland to help you pick the best time for your vacation! I’ve also got a post on rope dropping at Disneyland that’s very helpful.
Make sure you check out my downloadable touring plans if you’d like a step-by-step guide to the parks!
I have a planning phone call that’s super popular! In this phone call, I can answer all of your Disneyland vacation questions and give you lots of tips and info tailored just to you and your group!
The month of April is a great time of the year to visit the happiest place on earth! Even though it can be a more busy time of the year, I know you’ll have a great time! Make sure to check out my podcast for lots of Disney planning information! You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for “Mix In Some Magic” Follow me on Instagram for more Disney tips and lots of Disney tips and fun!