April 2014 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: APRIL 2014 AT DISNEY WORLD
The first week of April 2014—beginning March 29– will see moderate crowds and high prices. The week beginning 4/5 will have a pre-Easter lull in crowds, but still high prices.
Because of spring break crowds, the week before Easter, beginning April 12, will see wildly high crowds and prices. The late Easter in 2014 means the week after Easter won’t be as bad as in recent years.
The week beginning April 26th will be wonderful.
APRIL 2014 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
April 2014 begins with moderate crowds, shifts to low crowds for a week, then has the usual two very rough weeks around Easter—though the week after Easter will be better this year than in past years—and ends with great crowds.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 3/28 has a crowd rating of 5/moderate-minus. The week beginning 4/5 has a crowd rating of 3/low.
The week before Easter, beginning 4/12 has a crowd rating of 11/highest. The weke after Easter, beginning 4/19, has a corwd rating of 8/high-minus. This week will begin horribly, but then get better after Monday 4/21.
The week beginning 4/26 has a crowd rating of 2/lower.
APRIL 2014 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
April hotel prices begin high at 50% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 30% higher at the moderates, and 35% higher at the deluxes.
Prices kick up for Easter on 4/13 to 75% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 45% higher at the moderates, and 50% higher at the deluxes.
On 4/21, prices drop to the level at which they began the month–50% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 30% higher at the moderates, and 35% higher at the deluxes.
On 4/27, prices drop again, to 30% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 17% higher at the moderates, and 15% higher at the deluxes
APRIL 2014 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for April 2014. Details are here.
APRIL 2014 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
April weather completes the shift from the variable and cooler temperatures of winter to the warmer and more consistent temperatures of spring.
For example, at the beginning of April, 60% of the time the daily high will be between 72 and 87. By the beginning of May, 60% of the time the daily high will be between 80 and 90.
All in, April weather is as good as it gets at Walt Disney World.
APRIL 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival continues throughout April until May 18.
APRIL 2014 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR APRIL 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2014 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.