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Planning for Walt Disney World in March

by Leap on February 17, 2023 4 Orlando

Guide to Disney World in March - PinterestWith the arrival of March, spring is officially in the air — and the theme parks are hoppin'! Many families take advantage of their respective spring breaks to make trips to Walt Disney World in March. After the chill of winter, the prospect of a springtime visit to sunny Orlando warms us right up! And what better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than admiring all of the colorful flowers and Disney-inspired topiaries at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival?!

While most visits in March are busy due to school breaks, with a little planning and realistic expectations, your frog family can still have a magical trip! Here is our hopful guide to visiting Disney World in March.

Crowds at Walt Disney World in March

Disney World in March - Peter Pan

With spring break, March is usually one of the busiest months of the year. Because of staggered school spring break schedules across the country, crowds are high normally starting after the first week in March. If you can visit that first week in March, you will likely experience low crowds  — hoppy days! If you can't, don't fret. We frogs still have plenty of tips to save your sanity during spring break at Disney. Download our wait-time apps before you leave home and consider using our park plans.

To make planning easier, our Crowd Calendar is available a full year out! We recommend you check the Crowd Calendar when you begin planning your trip so you can find the least-busy days to visit and then revisit it again as you get closer to your actual trip to pick the recommended park by day. You'll also find any special events and park hours listed to make planning as convenient as possible.

Be sure to get your Disney Park Pass reservations early before spots fill up. The earlier, the better! Remember, you only need to make a Park Pass reservation for the first park you'll be visiting if you'll be park hopping.

Disney World in March - Rise of the Resistance

Since the parks will be busier, you may want to consider adding Disney Genie+ to your tickets. Starting at $15 a day, per person, you can select times to most attractions and bypass the standby wait by entering the Lightning Lane. Additionally, starting on March 20, frogs who purchase Disney Genie+ will also receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos, taken in the park on the day of their purchase at no additional charge! There are also individual attractions you can choose a la carte, which can be very useful on popular rides such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Avatar Flight of Passage.

Weather at Walt Disney World in March

Disney World in March - Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

In March, temperatures are on the rise, with an average high of 79 and a low of 57. There will be plenty of warm days and very low rainfall chances, so don't froget the swimsuits. You might still need a jacket for the evenings and mornings.

New Offerings and Returning Entertainment in March

Disney World in March - Cosmic Rewind

It's a great time to visit Disney World as the resort is celebrating the last month of its 50th anniversary! There are lots of exciting EARidescent offerings, as well as the new Guardians of the GalaxyCosmic Rewind ride. It's also the final month to enjoy the new nighttime spectaculars at both at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT before they make way for "Happily Ever After" and "Epcot Forever", respectively, on April 3.

Disney World in March - Typhoon Lagoon

Looking for the perfect way to cool off as hotter days start returning? We're so hoppy to share that Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is reopening on March 19! Hop on over and enjoy some delicious new treats, such as a Pineapple Upside Down Cone at Happy Landings and Moana and Hei Wei DOLE Whip Cones ... as well as an exclusive, limited-time Typhoon Tilly Sipper.

If you're a fan of a certain space dad and his adorable little foundling, you might want to make your way over to Disney's Hollywood Studios. To celebrate the premiere of the third season of "The Mandalorian", Din Djarin himself and baby Grogu have begun making regular appearances in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! You can spot this iconic duo in the marketplace at the top of every hour.

Disney World in March - Cinderella Castle

If you've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to dine with Cinderella and other princesses, the wait is over! As of Feb. 28, character dining has returned to Cinderella's Royal Table. When you first enter, you'll meet Cinderella, your royal host, and get to pose with her in front of a beautiful backdrop while a PhotoPass photographer captures the regal moment. Once you're seated, you'll typically see four princesses throughout your meal. This could include Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, Rapunzel or other royal guests! Advanced dining reservations are strongly recommended and should ideally be done 60 days in advance.

Speaking of dining, Roundup Rodeo BBQ is opening in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios on March 23! This immersive table-service restaurant will make you feel like you're taking part in a rodeo run by Andy's toys. Befitting of the western-themed atmosphere, you and your frog squad will get to dig into some delicious family-style comfort food (with amazing names!), such as Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs, There's a Sausage in my Boot - Fire-grilled Pork Sausage, BBQ Chicken - with Style@, The Married Spuds and Slinky Doooooooooog's Mac & Cheese.

Closings and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World in February

At Walt Disney World, many rides will undergo regular maintenance around this time of year, while others have not reopened yet. Here are the current closures for March:

  • Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain (is being rethemed to Tiana's Bayou Adventure, opening late 2024)
  • Hollywood Studios: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Feb. 21, 2023 - summer 2023)
  • Typhoon Lagoon: reopening March 19, 2023

For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.

Events at Walt Disney World in March

Disney World in March - Encanto

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

  • It wouldn't be a visit to Disney World without enjoying an EPCOT festival! The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival blossoms from March 1 through July 5. Enjoy vibrant gardens, fun topiaries of Disney characters, colorful food from more than 15 outdoor kitchens and the return of the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

Are you planning to visit Disney World in March? Share any questions you have in the comments below! You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.

Related: The Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2023 and 2024

Keep hopping!

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Feb 10, 2023 at 3:41 p.m. Audrey Says...

We are planning on visiting the 1st week of March 2023. How would you predict the crowds would you suggest lightning passes with park hopper tickets?

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Feb 10, 2023 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Audrey!

We anticipate average, moderate crowds, as it's not quite spring break season, so the first week is usually the quietest during March. You can check out specific crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 15, 2018 at 10:24 p.m. Michelle Davidson Says...

We will be planning on visiting the first week of March of 2019 and hope the Mardi Gras crowds will not be terrible.

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Oct 15, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds during Mardi Gras, no worries!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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