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Disney World in March Vacation Planning Guide

Let’s celebrate the return of Spring with a trip to Walt Disney World in March!

In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know about visiting Walt Disney World Resort in March, such as weather, what to pack, what the crowds are like, special events, and what’s closed. 

All dates and information subject to change throughout the year. This post will be updated frequently, but for the most up to date information on what’s closed and what’s reopened, check out my post about Disney World closures and what’s new.

How’s the weather in Orlando in March?

Photo of 2 women with their back to the camera waving at Goofy at Epcot.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

March ushers in the Spring season, so just like much of the US, the Orlando area starts to warm up a bit compared to January and February.

Temperatures are an average high of 78° F and low of 56° F. Surprisingly March can be a bit rainy, with an average of 3.77 inches of rain.

Although I suppose that means we’ll see lots of flowers and trees blossoming after the dreary Winter months.

Overall, the weather in the Orlando area in March is mild, making it a good time to visit if you want to avoid the hot and humid months!

Temperature and precipitation data is sourced from Visit Orlando.

What to wear to Disney World in March

Photo of a mom and dad with 3 kids, enjoying popcorn at Magic Kingdom.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

I still recommend packing layers, as you would in the Winter months, since half of March is still in the Winter season. 

At the very least, be sure to pack a jacket or sweatshirt and pants that you can easily mix and match with everything.

As I always say, pack shoes that work for your feet. That doesn’t necessarily mean showing up in 6-inch heels because they’re cute.

But some folks do just fine all day in flip flops while others can’t go without sneakers and orthopedic inserts. 

Given the range in temps, it makes sense to pack at least 1 pair of close-toed shoes in case you have a few cool days.

Other than that, always have some sunscreen, sunglasses, and a disposable rain poncho or umbrella in your daily theme park bag. These items will keep you comfortable rain or shine!

Check out my Disney World packing list guide for more tips.

My packing guide includes a FREE printable packing list that will help keep you organized and ensure you don’t forget anything important!

Events and holidays

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on March 1.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival includes topiaries shaped like Disney characters, gardens and floral displays, the Garden Rocks concert series at the American Gardens Theatre, fun food booths, and more.

Look out for new topiaries this year, featuring some of our friends from Encanto, such as Mirabel.

There’s usually some celebration going on at Raglan Road in Disney Springs, as well as at Epcot on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).

March is also the start of Spring Break season for schools around the US, including K-12 and higher ed.

Lastly, the 50th anniversary celebration for Walt Disney World comes to a close on March 31.

Ride and attraction closures

There are several rides and attractions that are closed in March across all four theme parks, as well as other locations and resorts.

As reopening dates are announced, this post will be updated.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Photo of Beni the Okapi calf next to his mom at the Pembe Savanna at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

Kali River Rapids remains closed through mid-March for refurbishment. The exact opening date is not yet announced as of late January.

Many of the character meet-ups are still on hold at Animal Kingdom, too.

This includes Pocahontas, Russell and Dug from Up, and The Lion King characters. Instead, these characters, and others, float along the Discovery River for paparazzi-like sightings and snaps.

The Colors of Mo’Ara face painting station in Pandora is also closed. Unfortunately Disney has not announced a return date for this attraction, either.

Epcot

Photo of a Figment topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
Photo by Caitlyn McCabe, courtesy of Disney.

Epcot has several shops and restaurants that are closed in March:

  1. The Brass Bazaar
  2. Casablanca Carpets
  3. Der Teddybar
  4. Marketplace in the Medina
  5. Mitsukoshi Kiosk
  6. El Ranchito del Norte
  7. Restaurant Marrakesh
  8. Tokyo Dining
  9. Village Traders (between China and Germany pavilions)
  10. Sportsman’s Shoppe
  11. Trading Post between Canada and the United Kingdom pavilions

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo of R9-S1 at Star Wars: Galaxy Edge at Hollywood Studios.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

The following Hollywood Studios attractions are closed in March:

  1. Citizens of Hollywood
  2. Jedi Training Academy
  3. Star Wars Launch Bay theater
  4. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  5. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

The Neighborhood Bakery in Pixar Place remains closed, as does the The Incredibles meet-n-greet.

Magic Kingdom

Photo of Mickey Mouse on a parade float waving at guests at Magic Kingdom.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

The Magic Kingdom attractions and experiences closed this month are:

  1. Meet Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern
  2. Meet Alice at Mad Tea Party
  3. Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater
  4. Splash Mountain (will reopen in late 2024 as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure)

Other closures

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is closed for refurbishment. It may or may not be reopened by March.

Thankfully Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is still open if water parks are on your wish list!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs and Grand Floridian Resort remains closed. However, Disney has stated that it will reopen, but hasn’t given a date.

1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, including its character breakfast and dinner, is still closed.

Also at the Grand Floridian, The Perfectly Princess Tea Party is also closed.

Are you planning to visit Disney World in March?

Are you planning to visit in March for some springtime fun? Let’s chat in the comments below.

Lastly, for more monthly guides, check out these posts:

  1. WDW in January
  2. WDW in February
  3. WDW in April
  4. WDW in May
  5. WDW in June
  6. WDW in July
  7. WDW in August
  8. WDW in September
  9. WDW in October
  10. WDW in November
  11. WDW in December

This post was originally published on February 6, 2022. It was last updated on January 18, 2023.

Lorena Branco

Monday 7th of February 2022

Hi Meg,

Congrats, your site/blog is awesome and very helpful. Looking for a suggestion. We will be travelling to Florida from Montreal (Canada) and plan to go to Disney. Previously (3 years ago) we spent an entire day at Magic Kingdom and my children were fascinated with the experience. The children are now 10 and 6 years old, so we intend to visit the 3 remaining parks between Feb 28th and March 2 (Epcot, Hollywood studios and Animal Kingdom). We are still undecided about staying on site vs. a "neighboring" hotel that still provides park benefits. Would the order in which we visit the parks make any difference? (meaning is there any benefit to visiting a specific park on Monday over a Tuesday or Wednesday?

Regards Lorena

Meg Frost

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Hi Lorena,

Staying at a Disney resort or one of their approved "good neighbor" hotels gives benefits like early entry or extra late hours. The extra hours differ for each park and day, so if you want to take advantage of those extra hours, you could plan your days around that. For example, on Feb 28, Epcot has extra evening hours from 9-11 PM, so depending on when you arrive, Epcot might be a good pick for that day. You can check out the daily schedule here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/five-day/, which will tell you which park has extra morning or evening hours.

Have a great trip! Meg

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