April 2020 in Walt Disney World

Each month at Walt Disney World is different. There are special events, races, seasonal celebrations and Epcot is always hosting some kind of festival. While many of these events may happen without you even realizing it while on your Disney vacation, some may actual disrupt your plans. Others may enhance your already amazing trip. Listed below are all the things happening at Walt Disney World over the course of April. Simply click the date range of your trip you’ll be transported to a list of all the goings on during your Disney World vacation.

April 1st-10th

April 11th-20th

April 21st-31st

April 1st-10th

March 4th-June 1st

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Another festival on Epcot’s Festival list. This festival has been going on for 26 years. You can expect beautiful topiaries all around the park. Many are shaped and created to resemble some of your favourite characters. This festival has escalated to include special dining and entertainment. Here’s what you can expect:

Outdoor Kitchens

Epcot again uses their kiosks found throughout World Showcase to add unique dining to this festival. These are used for Festival of the Arts as well as the Food & Wine Festival in the Fall. You’ll find samples of entrees, desserts and beverages, highlighting unique and special flavours of the country represented. Try a few or them all, using some dining plan snack credits along the way.

Interactive Play Areas

There are three interactive play areas at this year’s festival. One found outside Test Track featuring Gardens inspired by Cars. Another is found at Imagination Walkway with a net walk way and a musical maze. Lastly, theirs a how-to garden on the Western side of Future World where visitors can create their own butterfly home. All these things are great for littles who are too small to enjoy some of the more exciting rides.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Each night of this festival features a performance by a band or singer. The groups vary from favourite groups from each era. The concert is at the American Gardens Theatre at The Great American Adventure. Performances are at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

March 31st-April 2nd. Steve Augeri-Former Lead Vocalist of Journey

April 3rd and 4th. Blood, Sweat & Tears.

April 5th and 6th. Expose

April 7th-9th. Berlin.

April 10th and 11th. A Flock of Seagulls

Gardens of the World

Spend three hours of your day at Epcot with a Disney Horticulturist. They’ll teach you techniques to create beautiful gardens at home. They’ll guide you around World Showcase sharing their knowledge of what makes each of the gardens and topiaries unique. There’s an 85 dollar cost above and beyond your park day pass. The tour runs from 9am until noon on select weekdays. Contact (407) WDW-TOUR if you wish to reserve your spot.

English Tea Garden

Another event to take in during this festival is this special free tour found in the United Kingdom pavilion. This tour lasts 20 minutes in the United Kingdom Pavilion. They are held on Mondays through Thursdays at 3:30pm and 5pm. They also hold them at 1pm, 3:30pm and 5pm on Friday through Saturday. Your guide will point out the tea-flavouring plants found throughout this display that are placed appropriately in tea cup saucers. On 20 guests are taken at a time so be sure to register when the pavilion opens at 11am. You can register at The Tea Caddy gift shop.

Royal Garden Tea Tour

This daily tour begins at 9:45am, also in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Enjoy a sampling of tea and scones and discover the beautiful gardens of the United Kingdom. A tour guide will give you in depth details of what can be found in the display surrounding the pavilion. The tour will end with a stop at The Tea Caddy for your refreshments. Cost is $20 per guest and requires park admission. It is recommend to call and reserve ahead of time at (407) WDW-TOUR

April 3rd and 10th

Disney Villains After Hours

Disney Villains take over Disney’s Magic Kingdom at this special ticketed event. Guest with these tickets will be in store for a frightful evening with a special stage show featuring Hades, Maleficent and Jafar. There’s special delicious snacks for purchase, minimal wait times on 20 attractions, and Maleficent the dragon will be trolling the park. The cost for this event is $145 and begins at 10pm, although guests can gain access to the park at 7pm. Annual Passholders and DVC Members receive a $30 discount.

April 5th

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom

From 10pm until 1pm, after the park closes, guests with these tickets will have three hours at the park with minimal crowds. There are limited tickets sold to the event to keep the numbers down and 25 of the attractions and character experiences are open. Plus, ticket holders have all the ice cream, popcorn and fountain beverages they can consume. Some of the attractions open are: Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Space Mountain, it’s a small world, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise and so many more! The cost is $129 per guest or $95 if you’re an Annual Passholder or DVC member.

April 6th-9th

Small Fry Basketball

Participants can be no taller than 5 foot 1 inch and no older than 12 to be apart of this international basketball event. You’ll have players from all over America as well as some international teams. Boys and girls both being represented. Come support some young athletes pursue their basketball dreams.

April 7th

Disney After Hours at Animal Kingdom

From 9:00pm until midnight, guests who purchased these Disney After Hours tickets have exclusive access to the Animal Kingdom theme park. With the attractions at Pandora open, Everest and DINOSAUR, there is plenty to do during the three hour open time. Throughout your time at Animal Kingdom you’ll have all you care to enjoy ice cream, popcorn, and fountain beverages. There will also be a special showing of Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life Awakenings will also be on display. The event costs $129 per guest ahead of time or $95 for DVC members and annual pass holders. Guests can actually gain access to the park at 7:00pm, giving you two more hours of play time in this theme park.

April 1st-10th

Easter Treats

With Easter in the middle of April this year, there will be many Easter cupcakes and treats found around Walt Disney World resort. Here’s a list of spots that carried Easter cupcakes, cakes and desserts:

Disney Parks

Epcot. The Seasons, Fountain View and Bakeri Og Kafe.

Animal Kingdom. Creature Comforts.

Disney Springs

The Ganachery.

Amorette’s Patisserie.

Disney Resorts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Mara.

Disney’s All-Star Resorts. Intermission Food Court, End Zone Food Court and World Food Court.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Landscape of Flavors.

Disney’s Boardwalk. Boardwalk Bakery.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Centertown Market.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Contempo Cafe.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Gaspirilla Island Grill.

Disney’s Old Key West. Good’s Food to Go.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Capt. Cook’s and Kona Cafe.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Everything POP, Shopping and Dining.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Spa. The Artist’s Palette.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Roaring Fork.

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort. The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace.

Easter Egg Display

Every year there is an impressive display of Easter eggs at both the Grand Floridian Resort and the Contemporary Resort. Last year, there was also eggs found at the Boardwalk and the Beach Club. Much like the Gingerbread display during Christmas time, large chocolate eggs are decorated masterfully and are showcased in the lobbies of Grand Floridian and Contemporary. Both of these resorts are in the Magic Kingdom Resort area. You can access them via the resort monorail or by taking a resort bus from any of the parks. A great way to start a Magic Kingdom day or spend a non-park day. The Grand Floridian even has a pop up shop, selling easter treats that you can bring home with you.

April 11th-20th

March 4th-June 1st

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Another festival on Epcot’s Festival list. This festival has been going on for 26 years. You can expect beautiful topiaries all around the park. Many are shaped and created to resemble some of your favourite characters. This festival has escalated to include special dining and entertainment. Here’s what you can expect:

Outdoor Kitchens

Epcot again uses their kiosks found throughout World Showcase to add unique dining to this festival. These are used for Festival of the Arts as well as the Food & Wine Festival in the Fall. You’ll find samples of entrees, desserts and beverages, highlighting unique and special flavours of the country represented. Try a few or them all, using some dining plan snack credits along the way.

Interactive Play Areas

There are three interactive play areas at this year’s festival. One found outside Test Track featuring Gardens inspired by Cars. Another is found at Imagination Walkway with a net walk way and a musical maze. Lastly, theirs a how-to garden on the Western side of Future World where visitors can create their own butterfly home. All these things are great for littles who are too small to enjoy some of the more exciting rides.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Each night of this festival features a performance by a band or singer. The groups vary from favourite groups from each era. The concert is at the American Gardens Theatre at The Great American Adventure. Performances are at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

April 10th and 11th. A Flock of Seagulls.

April 12th and 13th. Atlantic Starr.

April 14th-16th. Tony Orlando.

April 17th and 18th. High Valley.

April 19th and 20th. Rick Springfield.

Gardens of the World

Spend three hours of your day at Epcot with a Disney Horticulturist. They’ll teach you techniques to create beautiful gardens at home. They’ll guide you around World Showcase sharing their knowledge of what makes each of the gardens and topiaries unique. There’s an 85 dollar cost above and beyond your park day pass. The tour runs from 9am until noon on select weekdays. Contact (407) WDW-TOUR if you wish to reserve your spot.

English Tea Garden

Another event to take in during this festival is this special free tour found in the United Kingdom pavilion. This tour lasts 20 minutes in the United Kingdom Pavilion. They are held on Mondays through Thursdays at 3:30pm and 5pm. They also hold them at 1pm, 3:30pm and 5pm on Friday through Saturday. Your guide will point out the tea-flavouring plants found throughout this display that are placed appropriately in tea cup saucers. On 20 guests are taken at a time so be sure to register when the pavilion opens at 11am. You can register at The Tea Caddy gift shop.

Royal Garden Tea Tour

This daily tour begins at 9:45am, also in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Enjoy a sampling of tea and scones and discover the beautiful gardens of the United Kingdom. A tour guide will give you in depth details of what can be found in the display surrounding the pavilion. The tour will end with a stop at The Tea Caddy for your refreshments. Cost is $20 per guest and requires park admission. It is recommend to call and reserve ahead of time at (407) WDW-TOUR

April 1st-10th

Easter Treats

With Easter in the middle of April this year, there will be many Easter cupcakes and treats found around Walt Disney World resort. Here’s a list of spots that carried Easter cupcakes, cakes and desserts:

Disney Parks

Epcot. The Seasons, Fountain View and Bakeri Og Kafe.

Animal Kingdom. Creature Comforts.

Disney Springs

The Ganachery.

Amorette’s Patisserie.

Disney Resorts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Mara.

Disney’s All-Star Resorts. Intermission Food Court, End Zone Food Court and World Food Court.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Landscape of Flavors.

Disney’s Boardwalk. Boardwalk Bakery.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Centertown Market.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Contempo Cafe.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Gaspirilla Island Grill.

Disney’s Old Key West. Good’s Food to Go.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Capt. Cook’s and Kona Cafe.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Everything POP, Shopping and Dining.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Spa. The Artist’s Palette.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Roaring Fork.

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort. The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace.

Easter Egg Display

Every year there is an impressive display of Easter eggs at both the Grand Floridian Resort and the Contemporary Resort. Last year, there was also eggs found at the Boardwalk and the Beach Club. Much like the Gingerbread display during Christmas time, large chocolate eggs are decorated masterfully and are showcased in the lobbies of Grand Floridian and Contemporary. Both of these resorts are in the Magic Kingdom Resort area. You can access them via the resort monorail or by taking a resort bus from any of the parks. A great way to start a Magic Kingdom day or spend a non-park day. The Grand Floridian even has a pop up shop, selling easter treats that you can bring home with you.

April 13th and April 20th.

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom

From 10pm until 1pm, after the park closes, guests with these tickets will have three hours at the park with minimal crowds. There are limited tickets sold to the event to keep the numbers down and 25 of the attractions and character experiences are open. Plus, ticket holders have all the ice cream, popcorn and fountain beverages they can consume. Some of the attractions open are: Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Space Mountain, it’s a small world, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise and so many more! The cost is $129 per guest or $95 if you’re an Annual Passholder or DVC member.

April 14th

Disney After Hours at Animal Kingdom

From 9:00pm until midnight, guests who purchased these Disney After Hours tickets have exclusive access to the Animal Kingdom theme park. With the attractions at Pandora open, Everest and DINOSAUR, there is plenty to do during the three hour open time. Throughout your time at Animal Kingdom you’ll have all you care to enjoy ice cream, popcorn, and fountain beverages. There will also be a special showing of Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life Awakenings will also be on display. The event costs $129 per guest ahead of time or $95 for DVC members and annual pass holders. Guests can actually gain access to the park at 7:00pm, giving you two more hours of play time in this theme park.

April 17th

Disney Villains After Hours

Disney Villains take over Disney’s Magic Kingdom at this special ticketed event. Guest with these tickets will be in store for a frightful evening with a special stage show featuring Hades, Maleficent and Jafar. There’s special delicious snacks for purchase, minimal wait times on 20 attractions, and Maleficent the dragon will be trolling the park. The cost for this event is $145 and begins at 10pm, although guests can gain access to the park at 7pm. Annual Passholders and DVC Members receive a $30 discount.

April 16th-19th

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

This whole weekend will feature a variety of runDisney events: races for every age, race expo, and an opportunity for spectators to cheer on the racers. Even if you don’t plan to participate in any of these events be aware that the events may affect your park day. The Half Marathon takes place on Sunday. It begins at 5:30am so every runner should be done by 10:30am. Expect traffic to be congested on this morning. The race goes through all parks except Magic Kingdom, making the Magic Kingdom the ideal choice for your park day. Take a look below at what is going on throughout the weekend.

April 16th

Race Expo

10am-8pm

ESPN Wide World Sports Complex

Here racers can pick up their race kits but the expo is open to everyone. Vendors come from all over to sell their products. Many athletic nutrition companies come here to show off their products, giving guests samples. Specialty retailers come to the expo to sell their one of a kind product. runDisney sells their race specific merchandise and their general merchandise at this expo. There are many items here you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to check it out. All resorts have transportation to this expo during its hours.

April 17th

Star Wars Rival Run 5k

5:30am.

Racers will run through Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase. If you’re staying at any of the Crescent Lake resorts you can simply go to the World Showcase entrance to cheer on racers. With the race being so early, the distance shorter, and the route running only through one park, no ones day will be affected by this event. This race is sold out.

Race Expo.

10am to 7pm

ESPN Wide World Sports Complex

Here racers can pick up their race kits but the expo is open to everyone. Vendors come from all over to sell their products. Many athletic nutrition companies come here to show off their products, giving guests samples. Specialty retailers come to the expo to sell their one of a kind product. runDisney sells their race specific merchandise and their general merchandise at this expo. There are many items here you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to check it out. All resorts have transportation to this expo during its hours.

April 18th

Star Wars Rival Run 10k

5:30am.

This race runs through at least two parks. Runners will be running through the Crescent Lake resort area so spectators can head to the Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club to cheer on participants. Racers should be completed by 8:30am. I would steer clear of Epcot this morning, because racers finish in the Epcot parking lot. This event is sold out.

Race Expo

10am to 3:30pm

ESPN Wide World Sports Complex

Here racers can pick up their race kits but the expo is open to everyone. Vendors come from all over to sell their products. Many athletic nutrition companies come here to show off their products, giving guests samples. Specialty retailers come to the expo to sell their one of a kind product. runDisney sells their race specific merchandise and their general merchandise at this expo. There are many items here you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to check it out. All resorts have transportation to this expo during its hours.

Kids Races

Any one of your kids can participate in these races. There’s a category for each age group. For 12 months and under there’s the diaper dash, 1-4 year olds can participate in the 100-meter dash, 5-8 year olds can race in the 200-meter dash. There’s also a one mile dash for kids 4-13 if your little is more into that distance. The shorter distances are $20 and one-mile is $30. Racers will receive a medal and a participant shirt.

April 19th

Star Wars Rival Run 1/2 Marathon

5:30am.

This race is still open for registration. Racers will run through three parks: Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Giving spectators a chance to cheer for them again in the Crescent Lake area or you can cheer them as they’re completing their race at the finish line. All racers should be completed by 10:30am. If you’re planning a park day this day, I would definitely choose Magic Kingdom but give yourself lots of time to get there, unless you’re staying in the Magic Kingdom resort area. Or it may be a good day to do some non-park day activities.

April 21st-31st

March 4th-June 1st

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Another festival on Epcot’s Festival list. This festival has been going on for 26 years. You can expect beautiful topiaries all around the park. Many are shaped and created to resemble some of your favourite characters. This festival has escalated to include special dining and entertainment. Here’s what you can expect:

Outdoor Kitchens

Epcot again uses their kiosks found throughout World Showcase to add unique dining to this festival. These are used for Festival of the Arts as well as the Food & Wine Festival in the Fall. You’ll find samples of entrees, desserts and beverages, highlighting unique and special flavours of the country represented. Try a few or them all, using some dining plan snack credits along the way.

Interactive Play Areas

There are three interactive play areas at this year’s festival. One found outside Test Track featuring Gardens inspired by Cars. Another is found at Imagination Walkway with a net walk way and a musical maze. Lastly, theirs a how-to garden on the Western side of Future World where visitors can create their own butterfly home. All these things are great for littles who are too small to enjoy some of the more exciting rides.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Each night of this festival features a performance by a band or singer. The groups vary from favourite groups from each era. The concert is at the American Gardens Theatre at The Great American Adventure. Performances are at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.

April 21st-23rd. Christopher Cross.

April 24th-27th. Plain White T’s.

April 28th-30th. Don Felder of the Eagles.

Garden Rocks Dining Package

Enjoy reserved seating for one of the three Garden Rocks shows with this dining package. Purchase this package, choose from one of the four restaurants and then watch the nightly show. You can choose to dine at lunch, dinner or breakfast (where available). The package includes appetizer, entree and dessert or the buffet (where applicable). The restaurants offered this year are Garden Grill Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Biergarten Restaurant and Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant.

Gardens of the World

Spend three hours of your day at Epcot with a Disney Horticulturist. They’ll teach you techniques to create beautiful gardens at home. They’ll guide you around World Showcase sharing their knowledge of what makes each of the gardens and topiaries unique. There’s an 85 dollar cost above and beyond your park day pass. The tour runs from 9am until noon on select weekdays. Contact (407) WDW-TOUR if you wish to reserve your spot.

English Tea Garden

Another event to take in during this festival is this special free tour found in the United Kingdom pavilion. This tour lasts 20 minutes in the United Kingdom Pavilion. They are held on Mondays through Thursdays at 3:30pm and 5pm. They also hold them at 1pm, 3:30pm and 5pm on Friday through Saturday. Your guide will point out the tea-flavouring plants found throughout this display that are placed appropriately in tea cup saucers. On 20 guests are taken at a time so be sure to register when the pavilion opens at 11am. You can register at The Tea Caddy gift shop.

Royal Garden Tea Tour

This daily tour begins at 9:45am, also in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Enjoy a sampling of tea and scones and discover the beautiful gardens of the United Kingdom. A tour guide will give you in depth details of what can be found in the display surrounding the pavilion. The tour will end with a stop at The Tea Caddy for your refreshments. Cost is $20 per guest and requires park admission. It is recommend to call and reserve ahead of time at (407) WDW-TOUR

April 21st and 28th

DVC Moonlight Magic at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

This event is for Disney Vacation Club members and their guests only. Tickets to this highly sought after event are complimentary to members who can get their hands on them. For tips on getting these event passes check out this previous post here. The event runs from 9pm until midnight but guests are allowed access to the park at 7pm. Throughout the event guests will have the run of the park with special character meet and greets, complimentary snacks and drinks, a DJ dance party and many of the best attractions will be open to ride with minimal wait times.

April 22nd

Disney After Hours at Animal Kingdom

From 9:00pm until midnight, guests who purchased these Disney After Hours tickets have exclusive access to the Animal Kingdom theme park. With the attractions at Pandora open, Everest and DINOSAUR, there is plenty to do during the three hour open time. Throughout your time at Animal Kingdom you’ll have all you care to enjoy ice cream, popcorn, and fountain beverages. There will also be a special showing of Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life Awakenings will also be on display. The event costs $129 per guest ahead of time or $95 for DVC members and annual pass holders. Guests can actually gain access to the park at 7:00pm, giving you two more hours of play time in this theme park.

April 23rd-26th

MAAC Men’s & Women’s Golf Championship

Men and Women from universities and colleges come to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Walt Disney World resort to compete in this championship tournament. It will feature Siena College and Quinnipac University, the defending champions.

April 24th-26th

USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship

Teams compete for world champion titles in senior and international levels. These teams are made up of girls only of junior to senior level. You can expect some very impressive routines and incredible energy.

April 24th

Disney Villains After Hours

Disney Villains take over Disney’s Magic Kingdom at this special ticketed event. Guest with these tickets will be in store for a frightful evening with a special stage show featuring Hades, Maleficent and Jafar. There’s special delicious snacks for purchase, minimal wait times on 20 attractions, and Maleficent the dragon will be trolling the park. The cost for this event is $145 and begins at 10pm, although guests can gain access to the park at 7pm. Annual Passholders and DVC Members receive a $30 discount.

April 27th-29th

ICU Cheerleading and Dance Worlds Championship

This competition is highly competitive. Groups are made up of Girls and Boys ages 15 and up. With both Dance teams and Cheerleading teams competing in this championship you’ll be sure to see a variety of tricks and costumes. You may want to bring some earplugs.

April 27th

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom

From 10pm until 1pm, after the park closes, guests with these tickets will have three hours at the park with minimal crowds. There are limited tickets sold to the event to keep the numbers down and 25 of the attractions and character experiences are open. Plus, ticket holders have all the ice cream, popcorn and fountain beverages they can consume. Some of the attractions open are: Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Space Mountain, it’s a small world, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise and so many more! The cost is $129 per guest or $95 if you’re an Annual Passholder or DVC member.

Adding any of these additional events to your itinerary will make your vacation unforgettable and unique. Take advantage of some of these offerings that are only featured in April. Happy Planning, Friends.