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Thinking of heading to Disneyland in March? We are covering everything you need to know before you book your vacation to The Happiest Place On Earth. What are crowds like? What can you expect from the weather? What special offerings should you be looking forward to? Keep reading to find out all about Disneyland in March.
Disneyland in March – Annual Trends
March is a popular time for travel in general. Many spring breaks are in March, the weather gets just a little bit warmer and people in colder states (like me) start looking to head south and soak up some sun. Disneyland is a popular choice this time of year… but is it too popular? Will you actually get sun or will you see a lot of rain? Let’s find out if going to Disneyland in March is the right thing for you.
Now the big question is… should you go to Disneyland in March? My family heads to Disneyland almost every March. In fact, in 2019 I headed to Disneyland mid-March solo (for a conference) and then 5 days after I returned home, packed up and headed back with the family.
March Crowds at Disneyland
One of the biggest questions people have about going to Disneyland in March is about crowds. And with great reason. The crowds from year to year tend to fluctuate quite a bit. Why? Because Spring breaks tend to change from year to year.
Generally speaking – spring break at Disneyland tends to be March and April. Spring breaks around the country vary so much that you will see crowds rise at the beginning of March, but as the month goes on, it gets busier and busier.
Do not let the crowds at Disneyland during this time scare you off. My family goes every year at the end of March and still find it quite manageable. You may just want to think about how many days to spend at Disneyland carefully (more equals a better chance to get things done).
You will also want to utilize early mornings, including Magic Morning Entry to get the most out of low crowd hours.
You will not find the parks reaching capacity during spring break. Unlike Thanksgiving or Winter Breaks, dates for spring break vary so much around the country, it helps spread out the crowds.
Weather at Disneyland in March
Wondering if you should pack shorts and tanks or pants and hoodies? The short answer is… pack it all for your Disneyland vacation!
The weather in Southern California can be all over the place this time of year. Mornings and evenings will be quite cool and you most likely need a hoodie, and maybe even pants.
The days can be sunny and feel hot, especially if coming from a cooler climate, but then turn around and be rainy and cool the next day.
It is definitely best to keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack layers to wear to the park.
Disneyland in March 2020
Want to know what is going on in March? March is a great time to visit Disneyland Resort and in 2020 there is even more magic happening at the parks. (You will get my genius with that sentence in a few moments.)
Food at Disneyland in March
While I am not a foodie, March is a great time for foodies to visit the parks. Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival takes place February 28 – April 21, 2020 and includes a lot of amazing food, culinary exhibits, and more. Be sure to check out our full guide to Disneyland’s Food and Wine Festival.
In addition to Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, you will often find several specialty items around the parks during spring break. Disneyland releases foodie guides for each season so be sure to keep an eye out for updates!
This March, Annual Passholders can enjoy an AP Popcorn Bucket themed as Steamboat Minnie! After the initial purchase, through March 29, 2020 Disneyland Annual Passholders can refill their popcorn buckets for only $1.50. I love when they have this going on while my family is at the parks. I seriously have my kids survive on popcorn most the trip!
What To Do At Disneyland in March
One of the great things about Disneyland in March and spring break in general is that you can take in a lot of the entertainment offerings.
While the first half of March these offerings may only be available on the weekends, as the month goes on, the park hours becomes longer, and you will usually see the entertainment offerings start to be offered during the week as well.
All New- Magic Happens Parade
March is the first full month that will have the all new Magic Happens parade showing. (Now you see the genius of that sentence earlier, right?) It will debut February 28, 2020. I will be in the park opening day to cover it so stay tuned for more info, including favorite viewing spots.
Night Time Entertainment
Nighttime Entertainment at Disneyland during the month of March includes but is not limited to:
- World of Color – California Adventure
- Fantasmic – Disneyland
- Mickey’s Mix Magic (with or without fireworks) – Disneyland
- Disneyland After Dark – PIXAR Nite – March 5, 2020 only (separate event ticket required)
- TLT Dance Parties are not currently on the schedule in March but hopefully will be available
Not all offerings are available daily so be sure to check the entertainment schedule before your trip.
During the day at Disneyland you will be able to take in the many shows and performances through out the parks. Be sure to check the entertainment schedule because there are just SO MANY they can’t all be listed here. From the Dapper Dans, to larger productions like Frozen Live! at the Hyperion, you can take in entertainement all day long.
Rise of the Resistance in March
Rise of the Resistance opened in Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in mid-January 2020. The ride utilizes a digital boarding queue or virtual queue, where you will need to arrive early to get a chance to ride the ride. Be sure to check out how to ride Rise of the Resistance if this is on your must-do list.
Rise of the Resistance is one of the most advance rides Disney has ever created, so even if you are not a huge Star Wars fan, this ride may be of interest to you.
Soarin’ Over California
Soarin’ Over California will return (in place of Soarin’ Around the World) beginning February 28, 2020 and through April 21, 2020 during Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.
This version takes you over many of the beautiful scenes of California, from the desert, to the mountains to the orange groves (I love when they put that Orange scent into the ride!).
Hidden Gems In This Ride: Watch for a hidden Mickey on the golf ball, but also, my husband’s favorite, when the guy totally falls skiing on the mountain.
Closures at Disneyland in March
We know that the following rides may be closed for part or all of March
- Haunted Mansion
- Snow White’s Scary Adventure
- King Arthur Carousel
- Red Car Trolley
- Jessie Critter Carousel
These are the currently scheduled closures, but we often find during spring break a lot of rides break down at Disneyland because of the heat, high crowds, and constant usage.
Heading to Disneyland in March?
If you are heading to Disneyland in March, or hope to, be sure to do the following things:
- Tune in to my weekly Disneyland chats on Facebook where you can ask me anything Disneyland related. I have them every Tuesday at 7 pm Pacific Time.
- Be sure you have locked in the best Disneyland vacation prices through my partners at Get Away Today (and use code CrazyAdventure when booking a package of 2 or more night and 2 or more tickets).
- Check out my list of hotels near Disneyland for large families if you plan to travel with 5-12 people.
- Subscribe and check out all the Disneyland Tips on my YouTube channel (or Facebook Page)
- Keep an eye out for me in the parks and say hi if you see me!