Disneyland in March brings with it more crowds for a variety of reasons. The warmer spring weather, spring breaks, and the Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure make it a popular time to visit. There are also typically fewer major refurbishments in March as Disney anticipates the increase in crowds. It is important to note that the last two weeks will likely be particularly crowded this year as schools observe spring break and Easter falls on March 31st. And while information about events and refurbishments in 2024 is limited at this stage, it is never too early to commence planning your Disneyland Resort vacation.
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- Crowds begin to pick up in March as Spring Break season begins. Spring Break is a very popular time for vacationers and locals alike to visit the Disneyland Resort. Be prepared for crowds!
- Refurbishments aren’t common this time of year. One upside to the parks seeing an increase in Spring Break crowds is that Disney makes an effort to make sure attractions are open to accommodate guests.
- The Food and Wine Festival will likely return to Disney’s California Adventure. This event is a local favorite, and it will bring some local crowds into the park.
- Easter falls on March 31, 2024, so expect crowds that weekend! Easter is easily one of the busiest times of the year for Disneyland so be prepared for crowds that entire weekend.
Perhaps the most notable event is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. No dates have been announced yet for 2024, but in 2023, this event took place from March 3 to April 25 and featured culinary demonstrations, outdoor marketplaces, family entertainment, live music, festival merchandise, and unique bookable experiences. Also featured was the limited-time return of Soarin’ Over California!
Disney After Dark: Princess Nite was a ticketed event that took place on March 7th and 9th 2023. Disney has yet to announce any Disney After Dark events for 2024, but we are hopeful these themed parties will be back in 2024! Festivities began with a 3-hour pre-party mix-in from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Disneyland Park, followed by a private party from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Parties featured Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions were also open after hours for the party!
March Refurbishments & Closures
*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for March 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)
- Tarzan’s Treehouse is currently closed and will be receiving new theming as Adventureland Treehouse (likely to open in 2023)
- Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
- Sailing Ship Columbia will close from September 11-14, 2023.
- Mark Twain Riverboat will close on September 17, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
- Space Mountain will close on September 18, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
- Fantasmic! will be suspended until Spring 2024.
California Adventure Park
- Golden Zephyr will close on August 28, 2023. An opening date has yet to be announced.
- Rogers: The Musical completed its seasonal run on August 31, 2023.
- San Fransokyo Square officially opened on August 31, 2023.
Overall, Disneyland in March can be a bit unpredictable. Temperatures will be a bit cooler, and rain is definitely possible. Of course, it isn’t quite as rainy and cool as during the winter months. The average high is 72 degrees and the low is typically around 50 degrees. Be sure to check the weather before your vacation, and be prepared for variable springtime weather.
March Disneyland Crowds
Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.
While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. Unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.
March will be busy. With the Food and Wine Festival (which is popular with the locals), Easter weekend, and spring break season… There will no doubt be crowds this March. Planning ahead will certainly help, and purchasing Genie+ may be something you will want to look into. But if you’re willing to brave the crowds, it will be an exciting time to visit as there will be so much to do and see!
Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in March?
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