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April 2018 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: APRIL 2018 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews April 2018 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

Because of Easter breaks, the first week of April in 2018 will be quite bad, with some of the highest crowds and highest prices of the year.  The rest of April 2018 should be be a great time to go to Disney World.

APRIL 2018 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Because so many kids have the first week of April as their 2018 spring break, April crowds begin very high. They drop substantially on April 8 and stay low the rest of the month.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 3/31 has a ranking of 11/highest, and the weeks the rest of the month have a ranking of 4/low+.

See this for more on 2018 crowds at Disney World.

APRIL 2018 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

April hotel prices begin the month 30-65% higher than the lowest of the year.

At the values and moderates on April 8 prices drop to 15-25% higher than the lowest of the year, and stay at this level into late May.

At the deluxes, on April 8 prices drop to 20-40% higher than the lowest of the year. On April 15, they drop again to 10-20% higher than the lowest of the year, and stay at this level into late May.

See this for more on 2018 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

APRIL 2018 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals are available for April 2018. You can find them here.

APRIL 2018 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.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN APRIL 2018

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will begin in early March and continues into May.

APRIL 2018 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. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR APRIL 2018 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2018 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

Click the image for a calendar view of 2018 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)

3/31/2018  Highest prices. Highest crowds. Crowd ranking=11 Week ranking=45. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary, and watch for added morning Extra Magic Hours, especially at Magic Kingdom, and 8a opens

4/7/2018 Moderate-high prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=14. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

4/14/2018 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=8. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

4/21/2018 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=9. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

 

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8 comments

1 Chuck Arvey { 10.26.17 at 9:49 pm }

Sat Apr 21st or Sun Apr 22nd better for Animal Kingdom?
Your post states that there will be rare EMH at AK on the Sunday, but the Disney Park Calendar currently only shows EMH for Saturday, and you recommend trying to avoid EMH parks due to higher crowds (makes sense!).
We are looking to do Animal Kingdom one of those days – given what you know about EMH and the currently posted park calendar, which do you think would be the better day? Thanks!

2 Dave { 10.27.17 at 8:07 am }

Updated 3/9: AK no longer has EMH on 4/22!

3 Shannon { 03.08.18 at 8:35 pm }

Hi! I clicked on the link and am seeing that on 4/17/18 you have listed that MK will close at 6:30???? Also, no evening fireworks/show? Please tell me this is an error?!?!

4 Dave { 03.09.18 at 7:44 am }

Hi Shannon, that was true when I wrote this page, but in the latest calendar updates, the close is back to 9p, with the fireworks Happily Ever After back on the schedule, at 8.55p!

So I will update this page and remove the references!

5 Meagan { 12.08.17 at 6:59 pm }

Do you have an idea when they might announce the special offer for travel dates of April 24th ish? Past years I think they have offered a percentage off or something. Also, do you recommend booking yourself or going through a travel agent?

6 Dave { 12.09.17 at 7:55 am }

Hi Meagan, the deals for April 2017 came out in mid-January 2017, so that’s roughly what I’d expect for April 2018.

A travel agent makes everything simpler–for example, helping you book now, then adding the deals when they come out. If you decide to use one, I recommend the long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly B.

Contact her at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499.

7 Tina { 02.07.18 at 2:50 am }

Hi
We are visiting AK on 8 April and have dining package for ROL which is at 8.45. We also wanted to see Pandora after dark but the park closes at 8.30. Will we still be allowed to walk through Pandora after ROL or will we have to try and catch it at sunset (which I think is about 8pm) then run over to Asia for ROL?
Thanks

8 Dave { 02.07.18 at 9:50 am }

Tina, I’m not sure, as it’s not uncommon for everyone at ROL to be sent out of the park after close–however a couple of things. First I expect April hours to be extended to e.g. 9.30p close. Second, right at sunset (7.47p your date) is not of much value in Pandora for the night effects, as there is still a ton of light then–you want to target the beginning of nautical twilight (8.11p) or later.

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