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Visiting Disneyland Paris in April Tips

Visiting Disneyland Paris in April Tips

Looking for the best visiting Disneyland Paris in April tips? In this guide we tell you everything that you need for visiting Disneyland Paris in Springtime from what it is like at Disneyland Paris in April, how crowded the parks are, what to expect from the weather and what to pack for Disneyland Paris in April to where to stay at Disneyland Paris in Springtime, what to do and of course what special events are on at Disneyland Paris in April. 

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Is Disneyland Paris open in April?

The great news it that Disneyland Paris is open every day of the year. Disneyland Paris doesn’t close for bank holidays for instance so you will find Disneyland Paris open on Christmas Day and more importantly, for those of you who are thinking of visiting in April, Easter!
So now you know that Disneyland Paris is in fact open in April probably the next question you want to ask is about the attractions at Disneyland Paris at this time of year. 

Are Disneyland Paris rides open in April?

The only rides that you can expect to be closed if you are visiting in April are the ones that either have temporary down time due to ride error and those scheduled for maintenance which you can find more information about here and look up before booking your trip. 
Sometimes rides will shut in more extreme weather conditions however as you are looking at visiting in April this should not be a problem. 
Note: If you are due to get very heavy rain or storms during your trip you may want to check out our dedicated visiting Disneyland Paris in the rain tips post. 

Is Disneyland Paris crowded in April?

Is Disneyland Paris crowded in April

Is Disneyland Paris crowded in April

In answer to whether or not Disneyland Paris is crowded in April I would say depends on the year you are visiting but the crowds are certainly starting to increase from the Winter months.

If Easter falls over April then you will likely experience very high crowds as the crowds do tend to surge over Easter break which is celebrated both in the UK and Europe. 

As with anytime of year you are visiting you will find that weekdays are quieter than weekends so you may want to take that into consideration. Be sure to check out this guide of best day to visit Disneyland Paris

If you don’t have children who are tied to the school holidays and are visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers or even visiting Disneyland Paris as adults then you should definitely consider traveling outside of the school holidays to avoid the crowds. For more information on the best time to visit Disneyland Paris check out this post. 

Disneyland Paris Crowd Calendar April 2023

Public holidays in France, and also the UK, tend to lead to the crowds beginning to swell as people use their day off to hear to the park. There are several public holidays in France in April 2023 that you should be aware of when planning your trip:

  • 7th April: Good Friday
  • 10th April: Easter Monday

You will find the crowds over this Easter weekend will be very high. 

NEXT READ: if are traveling on these or any other date in April and looking for information on how to get to Disneyland Paris – check our our guides to help guests find their way to the park from the airport and Eurostar terminal below:

Does it rain at Disneyland Paris in April?

While the temperatures are relatively pleasant in April at Disneyland Paris the truth is is that April is in fact one of the rainier months to visit. There are usually on average around 9 days that experience rain in April. 

But as the Bambi song says it is April showers! So while you are not likely to experience huge downpours throughout your April vacation it is worth bringing some of your water proof gear with you. 

If your visit to Disneyland Paris spreads over two months be sure to check out our other monthly guide for further weather and special event information:

What to Wear to Disneyland Paris in April

Although Disneyland Paris has relatively moderate conditions in April it is still worth taking plenty of layers with you especially if you are planning to stay to watch the fireworks and illuminations. 

For this time of year some of the things we recommend adding to your Disneyland Paris Packing list are:

  • Jeans and T Shirts 
  • Hoodies and Sweaters
  • Some Waterproof clothing
  • Trainers, preferably waterproof ones, crocs

If you have children then the above also applies. However if they want to wear costumes as my little one always does I recommend taking some layers that match their dresses or costumes and just removing these when taking photos indoors. 

For more information on what to wear to Disneyland Paris whatever time of year you visit check out this post. 

Is it worth going to Disneyland Paris in April?

Visiting Disneyland Paris in April Tips

Visiting Disneyland Paris in April Tips

Overall I think it really is a worth going to Disneyland Paris in April because of the relatively pleasant temperatures. However I will admit that I prefer going in April outside of the school holidays in France and the UK if you can so you won’t get as many crowds. 

Another benefit of traveling to Disneyland Paris in April is that Daylights Savings time has passed which mean you get longer daylight hours in the park which usually leads to longer park opening times. The reason for this is that you need it to be dark for the fireworks and illuminations so the park will stay open longer to enable this. 

Usually the park is open from 9:30 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and  then slightly longer from 9:30 AM to 10PM on weekends. However it is worth checking the official Disneyland Paris website for the opening hours as these are subject to change. 

We also recommend staying onsite in April, especially in the school holidays as staying at an on site Disneyland Paris Hotel will give you early magic hours. This is an extra hour in the park before the general  public arrives and is much quieter meaning you are able to get a lot of rides covered quickly. 

Please note these timings are just for guidance and are subject to change and haven’t been released for 2023 yet so be sure to keep checking back.

Visiting Disneyland Paris in April Tips

Best places to stay at Disneyland Paris in April?

If you can stretch your Disneyland Paris budget to it we always recommend staying at an onsite Disneyland Paris Hotel. The on-site Disneyland Paris hotels include:

  • the Disneyland Hotel
  • Disney New York Hotel – Art of Marvel
  • Sequoia Lodge 
  • Hotel Cheyenne
  • Newport Bay Club
  • Santa Fe

For a full comparison of Hotel Cheyenne vs Sequoia Lodge check out this post. 

And there are lots of good reasons for staying at one of these as opposed to an off site hotel. The reasons are:

  • Distance to the park – all of these hotels are walkable to the parks 
  • Swimming pools – some of the more luxury of these hotels have pools to enjoy and relax in
  • Character Meet and Greets – usually in the morning and evening at on site hotels you will get one character in the foyer that you can meet and the lines will be less than those in the park. 
  • Early Magic Hours – you get in the parks earlier than general public which optimises your time in the park and has shorter queue times. 

For more information on the best Disneyland Paris Hotel with toddlers click here. 

Best things to do at Disneyland Paris in April

Best Things to do at Disneyland Paris in April

Best Things to do at Disneyland Paris in April

Watch Mickey and the magician 

For me one of the best things to do at Disneyland Paris is watch the Mickey and the Magician Show at the Walt Disney Studios. This is a completely unique show to Disneyland Paris and is a huge fave in our household. This show isn’t all year but usually runs FebruarySeptember. 

Watch the illuminations and fireworks 

April is a great month to visit because you get a longer day due to the longer day light hours in April but you can still see the fireworks and illumination that a time that is suitable for young children. 

When we visit Disneyland Paris in August by little ones struggle to stay up late enough for the fireworks, it is light late in Europe. However April is very doable for them. 

Meet the characters

Meeting characters at Disneyland Paris is one of my favourite things to do in the parks but the long gets long in April if you are visiting during the holidays.
If you visit during the school holidays be sure to try and prioritise who is most important for you all to meet. 

To get a great character interaction do check out our best questions to ask Disney princesses or our best questions to ask Disney Characters. 

Character Dining

If you want to meet lots of characters without a queue and aren’t on a tight budget then character dining is a great way to go. You can read more about character dining at Disneyland Paris here. 

And if you are vegan at Disneyland Paris then check out this guide which includes seasonal offerings. 

Explore the Castle of Sleeping Beauty 

In my opinion the Castle of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland Paris is in fact the most beautiful of all the Disneyland Castles around the world but it also has a surprise –  a dragon. Exploring the castle is a must for those visiting in April.