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  • On Apr 18, 2023
    Magenta from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Which is better to visit February or April? We are open to both next year?

    Hey there, Magenta!

    Welcome back to planDisney. I've visited Walt Disney World Resort during the months of February and April and have always had magical and memorable visits. There's a lot to consider when choosing a time of year to visit, but I'd be happy to share my recent experiences to help you make a decision.

    My family typically spends our kid's spring break in the parks including our most recent visit over Easter just two weekends ago. As you know, Florida's weather can be unpredictable and we were reminded of that during our trip. We enjoyed the warm sunshine one day, while the second day was a bit too cold and rainy for our liking. As expected, the following morning was once again bright and sunny. You'll likely experience the same fluctuation in the spring months. When I visited last February I experienced more of the colder, grey weather but less rain overall. If you're open to all types of weather and pack your park bag with a poncho or light jacket I think you'll be prepared to visit in any season.

    But there's much more to consider besides the weather when planning your trip! Early February is one of my favorite times of year to visit because the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is usually still in full swing. This is my favorite of the EPCOT seasonal festivals as it combines my love of food, art, and music into one fantastic experience. The food and drink offerings are artfully inspired and there are a number of hands-on activities you can take part in as a guest, like painting the giant paint-by-numbers mural at Expression Section or even hopping into your favorite works of art for some fun Disney PhotoPass photo ops. There's even a DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series and live art demonstrations to enjoy. You might enjoy less pool time during a February visit, but you may also experience smaller crowds and shorter wait times for your favorite attractions.

    On the other hand, April is a great time to experience the beautiful topiaries at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. I'm always surprised to see the gorgeous floral displays each year and love sampling treats from the many outdoor food kitchens. This particular spring was a season of thrills as Magic Kingdom Park heralded the return of Happily Ever After and the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run over the same week in early April, both drawing eager crowds. If you're concerned about crowds and wait times you may want to plan your visit toward the end of April, once spring break trips begin winding down. I just happened to check the wait times on the My Disney Experience Mobile App and noted they were lower than what I saw around the same time of day earlier this month. Your mileage may vary, but it's definitely something to keep in mind. 

    One last item to consider is that January and February typically see more attraction refurbishments as compared to the spring months. You'll want to keep an eye on the calendar to ensure your favorite attractions are available during your visit. Similarly, you should check out the special offers page to see if any promotions apply to your preferred travel dates.

    Feel free to stop back with more questions! I'm happy to help.

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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