Everything Happening at Disneyland in April

Disneyland in April continues spring break and lots of exciting new food and entertainment. Disneyland Resort traditionally ups park hours as more guests take advantage of spring break and great weather. Keep reading for all the basics and an in depth guide for Disneyland April 2024.Disneyland in April

I go to the parks every month so my guides are specially curated from years of experience. This article covers important calendar events and closures in April, how these events might affect crowds levels, dressing for the Anaheim weather in April and discount tickets available for the month.

Disneyland in April Calendar of Events

Are you ready to Spring Break it at Disneyland in April? It’s a wonderful time to visit even during Spring Break and I’m here to share why and how to navigate all the fun you’re about to have at Disneyland. 


Fountain Spring Trees Disneyland

Disneyland in April Hours:

  • Disneyland Park Monday through Thursday opens 8:00 or 9:00 am and closes at 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Friday through Sunday opens at 8:00 or 9:00 am and closes at 11:00 pm or midnight.
  • California Adventure Park Monday through Thursday opens 8:00 or 9:00 am and closes at 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Friday through Sunday opens at 8:00 or 9:00 am and closes at 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 pm.
  • Park hopping begins at 11:00 am for those with valid tickets and reservations.
  • Early Entry is now on a daily rotation, see the schedule here

April Events and Important Dates 


Disney Food and Wine Sip and Savor


April Crowds at Disneyland

Crowds are a common concern for Disneyland guests—it’s tricky to navigate finding the best days with longer park hours, more open rides, a full entertainment schedule and low crowds.


Spring break Disneyland


I always say go when it works best for you, then I can help you work out the logistics like what rides to go on and when. It’s the main reason I created Disneyland Plans—step by step ride guides with optimal wait times and more. 

If you’re super concerned about crowds I suggest you skip:

  • Dapper Day weekend 
  • The last weekend of Food & Wine Festival
  • The last few nights of Wondrous Journeys, especially at night time
  • The first day of Pixar Fest, especially with the new parade joining the lineup

We might see lower crowds on these dates:

Anything is possible, and when it comes to crowds it’s highly likely that even our best time guesses could miss the mark. However, I think these dates might be a good choice.


Disneyland spring flowers


  • Daytime before any After Dark events tend to be a bit lighter on crowds, so don’t let the “early” closing time deter you, it can actually be a smart choice
  • Weekends in April for lower crowds because most Spring Break visits like to take advantage of weekdays
  • While the SoCal tickets have weekend options, those are usually so spread out since they’re good for 6 months this year. 

Add this info to any Disneyland crowd calendars you might see (they’re not my favorite) and plan accordingly. 

Dressing for April Weather

My usual packing for Disneyland includes at the very least a hoodie, even sometimes in July I reach for that hoodie at night. Layers are key and getting a locker can really help.


What to wear to Disneyland in April


  • If it’s wet and rainy at Disneyland see my must haves for rainy days
  • Lightweight joggers or pants with flexibility are nice for spring days
  • T shirts in long or short sleeve so you can roll them up if the temps rise

April Disneyland Discounts

2024 is the year for Disneyland discounts—Disney wants you to come for a vacation so there are a few options and discounts to help you visit Disneyland cheaper!


Disneyland Spring flag retreat


Southern California Ticket Offer good for visits January 2 through June 2, 2024.

Extra Day Free gives you 5 days for the price of 4, it’s an ongoing special you can find listed with my partners at Get Away Today here.

Add Universal Studios Hollywood or other area theme parks tickets for under $100 per person.

Do you have more questions about your Disneyland visit this time of year? Or maybe you’re considering another month for your visit—find the yearly Disneyland calendar here. Plus,  download your step by step Disneyland Plan now or submit a request for a one on one planning help. 

Disneyland Spring Break Mickey

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