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Visiting Disneyland in March 2024: Food & Wine Festival, Disney After Dark, and more!

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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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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)


 

March At-a-Glance

  • 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.

 

March Events

Jessie's Critter Carousel at California Adventure | Magic in the PlanningPerhaps the most notable event is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, which will take place March 1 – April 22, 2024. The event will feature culinary demonstrations, outdoor marketplaces, family entertainment, live music, festival merchandise, and unique bookable experiences.

Disney After Dark: Disney Channel Nite is a ticketed event that will take place on March 5 & 7, 2024 in Disneyland Park. Festivities begin 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 feature Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions will also be open after hours for the party! Prices start at $139 per guest.

 

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.)

Disneyland Park

  • Adventureland Treehouse is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat closed on September 17, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Astro Orbitor closed on November 27, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Fantasmic! has been closed since April 23, 2023, and is scheduled to debut once again on May 24, 2024.
  • Tale of the Lion King closes permanently on January 7, 2024.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant will be closed from January 7-19, 2024
  • “it’s a small world” will close on January 8, 2024, to remove its holiday overlay and reopen on January 19.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Haunted Mansion closes on January 22, 2024, for the expansion of the Haunted Mansion area. No opening date has been announced.
  • Wondrous Journeys Fireworks is currently suspended for the holidays, but the show will hopefully return in early January 2024.

 

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California Adventure Park

  • Rogers: The Musical completed its seasonal run on August 31, 2023, but many are hopeful for a return in 2024.
  • Beast’s Library in the Disney Animation Building will close permanently on December 11, 2023.
  • Paint the Night Parade is currently suspended with no return date announced.
  • World of Color – ONE will be closed from January 8 to February 29, 2024.
  • Grizzly River Run will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date has yet to be announced.

 

March Weather

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

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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?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

 

Disneyland Dining Guides:

 

Disneyland Attraction Guides:

 

Planning your first Disneyland vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

 

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