Walt Disney World in April – Crowd Levels, Special Events, Ride Closures & Attraction Refurbishments

January 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in April that you need to know about:                                                                                                           

Crowd Warnings:

1.      Spring Break & Easter Week – The weeks immediately before and after Easter are the when the majority of schools close for Spring break. The theme parks will be at their most crowded during then. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will open at 8:00AM for all guests from March 28th- April 10th. This is an hour earlier than the typical opening. You’ll want to be at the gates by 7:45AM to take advantage of the shortest lines of the day.

2.      Easter – Sunday, April 4th. You’ll want to avoid the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on Easter Sunday as these will be the two most crowded parks of the day.

3.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night except during peak times.  It will be offered April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 20, 23, 24, 27 & 30.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive 60-90 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.  Disney may add a second, later performance on certain evenings during busier times – if they do, the later showing of Fantasmic! will always be less crowded than the earlier one   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children. If you are concerned, we’ve written an entire article detailing the various aspects that may be frightening to your child.  http://www.squidoo.com/Fantasmic-at-walt-disney-world

4.     SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is being offered more nights than usual the Magic Kingdom because of the Spring Break crowds.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on offered April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27 & 29.    If Disney offers a second evening parade, the later parade will be less crowded than the earlier.   TIP: Avoid the Magic Kingdom on April 25th, if possible.  This is the first day with evening entertainment after two nights of early closures due to the Disney Grad Nights – expect heavy crowds.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest)!  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day.    Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important to pay attention to Extra Magic Hours if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

6.     A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Most guests will just plan on spending  a lot of time in line but some advance planning will make sure you see and do the things that are important to you in a way that minimizes lines. We provide three choices for custom touring plans – 1) a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, a highly respected online planning service and Disney planning community with 45,000 members, 2) the 2010 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the most popular guide book available with information on every resort, restaurant, attraction and activity, and 3) our Assisted Service, where we select the most appropriate touring plans and provide advice for customization for your specific group based on your preferences – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php 

Special Events:

1.      Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival ~ March 3 – May 16, 2010. The landscaping at Walt Disney World is always beautiful but everything is even more amazing during this festival (included in the cost of admission). Gardeners will find tips, displays, and special events just for them. Those who don’t sport green thumbs will also enjoy the beautiful topiary, Pirates Adventure Zone, Pixie Power Playground, and the popular “Flower Power” concerts.

2.      Disney Grad Nights (Magic Kingdom) – April 23, 24, 30 & May 1. The Magic Kingdom will close early (generally at 7PM) for these special nights just for graduating high school seniors. The Magic Kingdom theme park will not have a SpectroMagic parade or Wishes fireworks on the days that it closes early for the Disney Grad Night events.

3.    Celebrate Tonight – Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini Street Parties featuring a DJ and stilt walkers lead dances, the limbo, party games, and sign-alongs.  They only last about 20 minutes each but are a lot of fun.  Sunday – Thursday:  intermittently 5:00pm– 11:00pm.  Friday – Saturday:  intermittently 6:00pm– Midnight.  Check on the hour and half hour.  

Temporary Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Mickey’s Toontown Square (Magic Kingdom) – dates to be announced.  At some point in 2010, Mickey’s ToonTown Fair will close as Disney begins a major expansion of Fantasyland.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Theme Park Touring Plans 

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning. 

  • Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Theme Park Touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  We will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World or assist you with our own plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.htm

You can purchase vacation planning services & touring plans from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

Check out our YouTube channel – we have lots of great Disney World videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/BuildABetterMouseTrp

If you have questions or are interested in our services:

  • just call us toll free at 877-815-6515
  • or use the online form

Thank you,


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