What can you expect if you are visiting Walt Disney World in April 2012? Here is a guide to crowd levels, events and refurbishments for the month of April 2012 at all the Disney World parks.
Is April a Good Time to Visit Walt Disney World?
If you are looking at the weather then April is one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World. The temperatures are usually in the high 70s and low 80s and the chances of rain is on of the lowest of the year. Night time temperatures are pleasant too so perfect for visiting the theme parks in the evening.
Crowds are a mixed bag in April. There is the good and the definitely not so good news about visiting Disney in April.
The first half of the month is likely to be one of the busiest times of the whole year. Spring Break and Easter are in the first 2 weeks of April and crowds are likely to be very heavy. If you have a choice then this is not the best time to visit. Wait until after 15th April and the parks are likely to have much lighter attendance and those lines are going to be much shorter.
If you do have to visit the first 2 weeks of April then you can be comforted by the fact that the park opening hours will be extended and there will be extra performances of fireworks and parades scheduled.
Disney World Rides Closed For Refurbishment in April
The very popular Big Thunder Mountain in Magic Kingdom is closed until May 27th 2012. This will have a significant impact on waiting times for Splash Mountain which is located in the same area of Magic Kingdom. If you want to ride Splash Mountain make sure that you arrive early or get a Fast Pass.
There is also a lot of construction going on in the Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom but this will not affect visitors at the present time. The construction area is blocked off and is located in the Mickey’s Toon Time Square area which is now permanently closed.
Lights Motors Action the cars stunt show in Disney Hollywood Studios is closed from April 29th to May 2nd.
Epcot does have a couple of closures the most significant of which is Test Track which is closed for refurbishment from April to September 2012.
The Tutto Italia Ristorante is closed until April 27th. There is an alternative restaurant in Epcot Italy so if you would like to eat Italian food then visit neighboring restaurant Via Napoli.
The House of Innovention is closed in Epcot Innoventions until May 2012. Let us hope that they are updating it with something rather more interesting inside!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
The annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival runs throughout April 2012 (the dates this year are from March 7th to May 20th 2012). This is a very popular event for Epcot and is does draw additional visitors to the park particularly on the weekends.
The Flower Power Concert Series is staged weekend at the American Gardens Theater in World Showcase. All performances at the weekends are 3 times nightly at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The American Gardens Theater does often fill to capacity so make sure you line up in time if you want to see a particular performance.
March 9th to 11th Jose Feliciano
March 16th to 18th Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
March 23rd to 25th The Guess Who
March 30th to April 1st The Spinners
April 6th to 8th Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
April 13th to 15th Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 20th to 22nd The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie
April 27th to 29th Chuck Negron, Formerly of Three Dog Night
May 4th to 6th The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO
May 11th to 13th Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
May 18th to 20th Davy Jones
There are also HGTV celebrities scheduled to present the concert series. Here is the 2012 schedule:
John Gidding from HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block – March 9th to 11th
Sabrina Soto of The High/Low Project – March 16th to 18th
Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves – March 23rd to 25th
Camille Styles who is an HGTV.com Entertainment contributor – March 30th to April 1st
Dan Faires of HGTV.com’s DanMade and Fan Favorite HGTV Design Star Season 5 – April 6th to 8th
Brandon Johnson who is host of HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney – April 13th to 15th
Meg Caswell, of Meg’s Great Rooms is presenting April 20th to 22nd
Monica Pedersen from HGTV Dream Home Tour 2012 and Designed to Sell is presenting April 27th to 29th
Antonio Ballatore, HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment – May 4th to 6th
To be determined – presenting May 11th to 13th
Genevieve Gorder of Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star – May 18th to 20th
If you are visiting Walt Disney World in April 2012 have an amazing vacation!
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.