5 Things That Will Be Different in Disney World This April

It can be pretty hard to keep up with all of the changes happening in Disney World.


But that’s why we’re here! To make sure that you never miss an important Disney World update! There’s always something up in the parks, and we’re here to tell you everything that’s going to be different in the Disney World this April!

1. You Can Hug Characters Again

This is one of the biggest updates we’ve had in a while! For over 2 years, you haven’t been able to hug a character in the Disney Parks due to health and safety protocols. Disney rolled out the cavalcades so that guests could still see the characters on their visit, and eventually, socially distanced characters meet-and-greets were introduced to the parks.

Minnie Mouse in EPCOT!

But starting on April 18th, guests will finally be able to hug characters when they meet them! We’re slowly seeing things get “back to normal” in the parks, and this is a huge sign of that.

Click here to read about when you’ll be able to hug characters again!

2. The Parks are Open LATE

It’s not uncommon for Disney to change the park hours, and if you haven’t checked their calendar in a while, you might be surprised to see that the parks are open for longer now! 

Tower of Terror

All of the parks have added some hours for this month, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting Extended Evening Hours for the first time ever! If you’re staying at select Disney resorts, you can stay in the park for an extra couple of hours!

Click here to see all of the Park Hours for April

3. ALL of the Resorts are Open

For the first time since March 2020, all of the Disney World Resorts are finally reopened! The last resort to reopen, Disney’s All-Star Sports resort, just reopened, and now, guests finally have the full list of resorts to choose from when planning their vacation.

Can’t miss it!

There are tons of perks to staying at a Disney Resort like transportation and exclusive parks access, and now that one of Disney’s most affordable resorts is back, even more guests can enjoy those rewards!

Click here to see more from the reopening of All-Star Sports! 

4. Animal Kingdom will be Celebrating Earth Day for a Whole Week!

Earth Day is on April 24th, but one day isn’t enough at Animal Kingdom! The park will be celebrating Earth Day for the entire week of April 18th through the 24th. There are tons of exclusive offerings coming to Animal Kingdom for Earth Day!

Buzz on over to Animal Kingdom for this treat!

There will be an exclusive Wilderness Explorer activity, PhotoPass shots featuring Wall-E and Eve, and new merchandise and foods to try. Be on the lookout if you’re in Animal Kingdom during the Earth Day celebration!

Click here to read about everything coming to Animal Kingdom for Earth Day! 

5. You Might Ride Expedition Everest Again

One of Animal Kingdom’s most popular rides, Expedition Everest, has been closed for routine maintenance since January. We’ve already seen some testing on the ride, and it’s possible that the ride could reopen before the end of the month!

Expedition Everest

While there’s no confirmed reopening date, we’re hopeful that we’ll get to hop on this amazing coaster soon!

Click here to read the latest update on Expedition Everest! 

Those are just some of the things that are gonna be different in April, but you never know when new things are gonna pop up in Disney World, so stay tuned to DFB for all the latest Disney updates!

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