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Make Sure These Experiences Are Part of Your Walt Disney World Vacation This April

Spring and Easter are wonderful times to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. While Spring Break crowds arrive, there is plenty of magic to experience in the Disney Parks and Resorts. Will you be taking a Disney vacation this April? Then, make time for all these exciting things happening in your plans. They’ll make for a Disney experience like no other.


On April 1, the fine dining and signature restaurant, Narcoossee’s will open its doors to Guests again. Narcoossee overlooks Seven Seas Lagoon, towards Magic Kingdom, near the boat landing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Guests can enjoy a menu crafted by Disney chefs Noah Estabrook and Kristine Farmer. Advance dining reservations are available to secure your dining experience at the Disney restaurant. 

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Happily Ever After

The time is finally upon us! Happily Ever After returns to Magic Kingdom on April 3. The beloved nighttime spectacular will light up the sky above Cinderella Castle at 9 p.m. Should you plan on visiting the Disney Park on April 3, and wish to watch Happily Ever After, plan to secure your viewing spot early on. We expect Magic Kingdom Park will have large crowds that day. Take advantage of the new projections featured on Main Street, U.S.A., during the fireworks show.

Happily Ever After
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Guests can enjoy the final two shows of Disney Enchantment on April 1 and 2, and 9 p.m. There’s not long left to experience the nighttime spectacular.

EPCOT Forever

April 3 is a big night for Disney fireworks. EPCOT Forever will return to World Showcase Lagoon at 9 p.m. EPCOT Forever can be experienced from all around World Showcase. It’s the perfect way to end a day at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival.

EPCOT Forever
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If you wish to see Harmonious for one last time, you’ll want to visit EPCOT theme park on April 1 or 2. Harmonious is set to take place at 9 p.m. on both evenings.

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

EPCOT continues to bloom throughout April. The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival began on March 1 and continues to July 5. April is an excellent time to visit the EPCOT Farmers Feast Outdoor Kitchen. The Early Bloom Menu is available until April 8, but from April 9, the Springtime Menu is served. Enjoy dishes such as grilled vegetable bruschetta, grilled swordfish and strawberry rhubarb upside-down cake. The Farmers Feast Outdoor Kitchen is located in World Discovery, near Test Track.

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
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TRON Lightcycle Run

April 4 is a significant day in Magic Kingdom. The brand-new Tomorrowland attraction, TRON LightCycle Run, officially opens. Guests must enter the Virtual Queue and secure a Boarding Group or purchase an Individual Lightning Lane entry to ride the new attraction. The good news is that the Virtual Queue system will continue to operate for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT.

The new Magic Kingdom attraction will also bring a suitable place for a new quick-service restaurant to Tomorrowland. Energy Bytes is a new kiosk serving sweet and savory dishes, Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee, a Watermelon Refresher, and other refreshments.

Energy Bytes & TRON
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Easter Celebrations

Easter falls on April 9 this year. But the celebrations in Walt Disney World aren’t limited to Easter weekend. The Walt Disney Company has already started the Easter celebrations.

In EPCOT, Guests can take part in the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. Twelve Easter eggs are hidden around World Showcase. Join the fun by purchasing your EPCOT Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Map for $9.99 from Creations, Disney Traders, World Traveler at International Gateway, and the Festival Markets throughout World Showcase. Once you’ve completed the Hunt return to one of these locations to collect your prize.

Plan to visit a selection of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels during your Easter vacation. You won’t want to miss the incredible Easter egg displays in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. 

While visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, visit The Grand Cottage in the lobby. The Grand Cottage sells a selection of house-made Easter treats that make the perfect souvenir from your spring Disney vacation. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grand Cottage
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Should you plan on visiting Magic Kingdom Park around the Easter weekend, you won’t want to miss the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny, who will be meeting Guests. Also, secure your parade spot early to see the Azalea Trail Maids pre-parade ahead of the Festival of Fantasy Parade. 

On Easter Sunday, church services take place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Additionally, each Disney Resort hotel will host their own Easter celebrations, including special Disney character appearances. Keep an eye on the activities calendars in each of the Resorts to see what fun activities you can enjoy.

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

From April 13 through 16, you can expect to see plenty of runners around the Walt Disney World Resort. The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend takes place on those dates. Runners can participate in five events across the weekend and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at the EPSN Wide World of Sports.

The runDisney Springtime Surprise Yoga opens the weekend on April 13 in Magic Kingdom Park. The running events follow, with the Disney Pixar Cars 5k on April 14, the Disney Pixar Monsters 10k on April 15, and the Disney Pixar Toy Story 10 Miler closing the weekend on April 16. The runDisney Springtime Surprise Challenge is also taking place during the weekend for runners taking part in all the running events.

Runners will run through EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and around the Walt Disney World Resort. Should your Disney vacation coincide with the weekend, expect to see runners wearing their medals and celebrating their achievements around Walt Disney World.

Springtime Surprise Weekend 2023
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Earth Day

April 22 is not only Earth Day, but it’s also the birthday of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This year, the Disney Park celebrates its 25th birthday. The Walt Disney Company usually hosts a week of celebrations for Earth Day in Walt Disney World. You can expect limited-edition snacks and beverages, merchandise, and photo opportunities. In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can enjoy Magic Shots, exciting entertainment around the Disney Park, and a limited-edition Wilderness Explorers Badge to honor the special day. If we visited the Walt Disney World Resort in April, our plans would include visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Earth Day.

Some of the Earth Day celebrations have already begun. Guests can enjoy new Disney snacks from now through to April 30. These include a selection of cupcakes, specialty food options and unique cocktails. Additionally, Moana will arrive in Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22. She will feature on the Flotillas along the Discovery River and meet Guests at Discovery Island for the first time. 

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Don’t miss all the limited-time magic to be experienced at the Walt Disney World Resort this April. You’re in for the best time!

Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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