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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 in March, although dates for 2024 are not yet available as of November 6, 2023.

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, Easter falls on March 31 in 2024, so you’ll likely see a lot of schools on break the week leading up to and after – and thus, higher crowds those two weeks.

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.

The Colors of Mo’Ara face painting station in Pandora is likely to still be closed. Unfortunately Disney has not announced a return date for this experience, either.


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 expected to still be 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. Village Traders (between China and Germany pavilions)
  9. Sportsman’s Shoppe
  10. 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 Star Wars Launch Bay theater may still be closed in March 2024. However, the shops, prop displays, and meet-and-greets here are still available.

Magic Kingdom

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

Splash Mountain permanently closed in 2023 and is currently being transformed into a similar ride, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The new ride is expected to open in late 2024.

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is closed for refurbishment but might reopen for Spring Break sometime in March.

Blizzard Beach could possibly close some time in March, assuming Typhoon Lagoon is reopened then.

This is speculation based on last year’s closing/reopening timelines for Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Disney has not made any announcements about dates for either as of November 6, 2023.

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.

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 March – you are here!
  4. WDW in April
  5. WDW in May
  6. WDW in June
  7. WDW in July
  8. WDW in August
  9. WDW in September
  10. WDW in October
  11. WDW in November
  12. WDW in December

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published on February 6, 2022. It was last updated on November 6, 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:, which will tell you which park has extra morning or evening hours.

Have a great trip! Meg