Springtime is in full bloom during April in Central Florida. The weather is some of the best of the entire year. And, there are several events taking place at the Disney Parks and Resorts, like the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.
So, it’s fair to say that April is definitely one of the best times to visit Disney World. With spring weather and sunny days, chances are you probably have a good idea of what you’ll be packing for your trip.
But, let’s take a look at some of the must-pack essentials, including some non-clothing options and some things you might not think about before heading to the most magical place on earth.
The Weather in April
April is the month where temperatures in Central Florida start to warm up. Average temperatures are somewhere between the mid-70s and low 80’s degrees Fahrenheit. And, the average lows are in the high-50s to low-60s. This means it’s a little cool in the mornings and evenings, but not too chilly.
The afternoons are warm but not too warm. There’s not a lot of rain usually in April, so you’ll have plenty of sunshine and warmth throughout your visit. With this in mind, you’ll want to plan to bring clothes that are perfect for warm weather along with a few cool weather items too, just in case.
When it comes to packing clothing for your trip to Disney World in April, you’ll want to make sure you bring shorts, capris, t-shirts, and any other clothing that works well for the spring. If you and your family aren’t used to the hot weather, you may actually find April to be pretty hot.
So, it’s a good idea to bring things to help keep you cool during a long day in the parks. Cooler weather clothes aren’t as necessary in April. But, it’s not a bad idea to pack a few lighter sweaters, long sleeve shirts, or cardigans to wear in the morning and at night.
In general, if you’re craving warmth and sunshine on your trip, April is the month to go before the humidity and really hot temperatures set in.
No matter what time of year or what kind of weather it is, it’s always a good idea to pack at least 2 pairs of sneakers or tennis shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking throughout the Disney Parks and resorts, and you’ll want to make sure your feet are comfortable and supported.
Because it’s a bit warmer out, pack lighter fabric socks if you can. Our favorites? We love the thinner socks with moisture-wicking in them. This means your feet will stay dry and cool all day. Because it’s warmer, you’ll want to pack some good walking sandals too. And, if you’re planning any time by the pool, bring flip flops or water shoes for the whole family.
Below, check out a video uploaded to YouTube by a user that’s showing how they get their family packed and ready for a fun Disney World trip in April:
April is the perfect month to go swimming in Florida. The temperatures are warm but not too warm, and the weather will be fairly sunny throughout the month. Of course, even if it gets a bit chilly, most pools in Central Florida (and all of the pools at Disney resorts) are heated.
This means you and your family can even get a swim in early or later in the day and not be too cold. If you plan on swimming a lot, bring several bathing suits so that you don’t have to worry about drying them or doing laundry everyday.
Outerwear and Other Accessories
April is a pretty warm month. So, chances are you won’t need to bring any major outerwear. This means leaving the winter jackets at home (unless you’re coming from a state that still has snow or cold weather). If you do want to bring any outerwear, we recommend a light jacket or a light sweater.
Of course, there are some other non-clothing accessories you’ll want to think about bringing with you in April. Here are a few things to think about when packing for your trip in April.
Light Jackets: Chances are, you won’t need a light jacket on your trip. But, if you’re worried that the mornings and evenings might still be a bit chilly, pack a light jacket — just in case.
Ponchos and Umbrellas: If you have space, consider bringing ponchos or a small umbrella with you if the weather is predicting a lot of rain on your trip. Of course, even if you don’t have space for these, you can easily pick up ponchos in the parks themselves, at your resort, or a local store too. April isn’t a typically rainy month. So, your best bet is to purchase these at the theme parks if it’s raining.
Hats: With sunny and warm weather, you’ll want to make sure you have hats on hand to keep your head from getting sunburned and to avoid direct sun. Hats are great for both adults and children, so pack a few for everyone in the family.
Sunscreen: Of course, you can’t forget sunscreen. Having sunscreen on hand for your trip is a must-do. April is a very sunny month, so pack plenty of sunscreen for the whole family. If you need to, you can buy sunscreen cheaply near Disney World, if you have a rental car. And, in a pinch, you can buy it at the Disney Parks and Resorts too.
Misting-Fan: Even if you’re used to warm weather, spending all day in a hot theme park can be exhausting. Stay cool while you’re waiting in ride queues or while touring the park with a misting-fan. These fans spray a cool water mist and are easy to find at most stores, like Walmart and Target. Of course, you can even buy them at Disney World with fun Disney inspired themes — though they can be a bit pricey. If you bring a misting-fan, don’t forget to bring extra batteries!
Packing for Your Children
If you’re visiting with children and young adults, you’ll want to think about a few other additional considerations when it comes to packing the essentials. Here are some things you’ll want to think about packing for kiddos and teenagers that include a few particular considerations for April park touring.
ID Tags or Card: While we don’t ever want to think about something scary like losing our children in a theme park, it can happen. Having an ID tag or card on hand is a way that you can help identify your children to Disney cast members and provide contact information on how to best reach you while you’re at the Disney theme parks.
Disney themed clothes: Kids love wearing their favorite Disney themed clothes when they’re at Disney. Let them pick out some of their favorites, so they have something fun to wear every single day you’re on vacation. April is a warm month, so be sure to bring clothes that will keep you kiddos cool too.
Costumes: Many children want to dress like their favorite Disney princess, prince, or pirate. And, costumes are very popular for children to wear at character dining at Disney World. Nothing is more magical than dressing up like their favorite character while dining at Cinderella’s Castle or having breakfast at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and the gang from the Hundred Acre Woods. With this in mind, be sure to pack a costume or two for the trip, if your kiddos like wearing costumes.
Dress up clothes: If you are planning on going to any signature dining locations, you may want to consider bringing a few fancier clothes for your kiddos, if you’re bringing them along for a family meal. They don’t have to be too fancy either. Just something that will look nice for the meal.
Favorite toys: There’s no doubt that children get used to their favorite toys. So, don’t forget to pack their favorite doll, stuffed animal, or toys for the trip.
Wet Naps: Park touring can get messy. Whether they get dirty playing or make a mess with a Mickey Bar, having some wet naps on hand is a good idea for all ages, but especially for kiddos.
ID Cards: Do make sure your teenagers have their IDs on them at all times. This is especially important if they are park touring without adults.
Deodorant, Face Wash, and Personal Care Items: You’ll want to make sure that your young adults bring the personal care items that they need. This includes deodorant, face wash (especially for those suffering from acne), and even feminine hygiene products. This way they’ll feel comfortable having all the things they need without having to run to a store during the trip. Since April is a bit warmer, you’ll want to make sure you teens have extra toiletries, if they need it to avoid any personal hygiene situations throughout the trip.
Phones, Headphones, Phone Chargers: Most young adults like having their technology handy. So, do make sure that they’ve packed headphones, phone chargers, and any other technology they need for the trip.
Bags: Chances are your teenagers may go on an attraction or park tour on their own. If this is the case, make sure they bring a back to pack all their essentials in when they arrive at the theme parks.
Young adults will likely have a lot of the same packing needs adults do, but these additional items are definitely ones that you’ll want to make sure they pack for the trip.
April is a great month to visit Disney World. And, with warm and sunny weather, it’s easy to see why. When packing for your trip in April, be sure to plan on bringing clothes that keep you cool and are comfortable for a day in the theme parks.
Sandals, swimsuits, and sunscreen are all must pack items too. With just a few packing essentials, you’ll be ready to play in the parks all day long when you visit Disney World in April.
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