Here’s our guide to how to get the most out of your Orlando vacation during April.
The Theme Parks
In 2016 Easter falls early, so this year expect peak crowds in the first week or so of April. Later in the month, the crowds will dissipate a little again and you will be able to enjoy relatively low crowds and shorter lines at the parks.
Mardi Gras at Universal is winding down, but the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will still be drawing in the crowds at Disney World. If you are in Orlando in April or May, then do plan to spend at least one day at Epcot. Even if you’re not a gardener, the wonderful blooms, topiaries and displays are impressive and there are plenty of exhibits and workshops to participate in that will delight young and old alike.
The water parks are open again, and it’s worth adding a day at one of them to your schedule.
Next year, 2017, Easter falls late, so it will be a very different picture in the parks during April. Crowds will be high for most of the month, since Good Friday is April 14th. From as early as the 8th you can expect many Brits to be taking advantage of the long school holidays to enjoy a family vacation in Orlando.
Easter is always a busy time for us so I encourage you to book now if you would like to spend April 2017 in one of our vacation homes.
By April, typically, you can expect daytime temperatures to be in the high seventies and low eighties, with lows of around 60˚F. The weather is still largely dry to, making April the perfect time for a visit.
Of course, there will still be the occasional April shower, so I’d advise packing a lightweight raincoat for everyone in addition to the sun screen.
Wider Central Florida
April is another great month to explore some of Florida’s wonderful public gardens, including peak bloom season at Bok Tower gardens in Lake Wales (towards Legoland Florida from Kissimmee).
The Central Florida region has so many great things to do.
In the warm, usually dry month of April, the local state parks are a must-see: get out and experience the unique nature of this waterway-rich state. Many parks offer options for hiring bikes or kayaks so you can explore the trails and waterways at your own pace. Alternatively, an Airboat Tour is another thrilling way to experience the State’s unique natural environments.
With Strawberries, Blueberries and Valencia (juicing) oranges all in season, April is also a great month to try a pick-your-own-fruit experience or visit a local fruit festival.
However long you are staying with us, I’d suggest you plan for at least a day exploring the great outdoors and getting up close with nature Florida-style.
Of course Orlando offers great cultural and varied dining experiences too. Whatever tickles your fancy, you are welcome to call us for advice about activities. And it is definitely worth getting your tickets for the theme parks, dinner shows or other attractions through us for specially discounted rates which come with a low-price guarantee.
Book tickets through Ellis Exclusive Villas before you go.
Your vacation home
By April we’re coming to the end of the period where I suggest you get pool heat if you want to use your pool. Although, if you prefer the water on the warm side, you may still want to add pool heat to your vacation package. If so, the usual advice applies: before you go let us know your preferred operating times (it only operates eight hours a day) and use the pool blanket if you have one.
If it is your first time in Orlando as a family then I can’t speak highly enough of our car rental partner, Car on the Drive. Instead of you having drive straight after a long flight, Car on the Drive will pick you up from the airport and deliver you to your vacation home where your hire car will be waiting for you.
We still have some availability for late April this year, so please browse our homes if you fancy a last-minute bargain. However, since Easter falls in mid-April in 2017 we are already getting very booked up for April 2017. If you’d like to spend an Easter family vacation in Orlando next year, I highly recommend you browse our homes now.
Finally, if you have any questions then please contact us on the usual numbers. And, most of all, enjoy your vacation!