Unlike most of the United States, spring arrives early in Walt Disney World, located in central Florida near Orlando. You should expect high temperatures in the mid to high 70s, but be prepared for cool nights and mornings.
Sharp-eyed visitors may notice some of central Florida's native animals making an appearance this time of year, but unlike sunscreen, which is necessary any time of year in the Sunshine State, you won't need to break out the bug spray or worry about overheating in this mild month.
The Perks of Visiting Walt Disney World in March
- There are lower temperatures in central Florida. Cool, moderate weather makes March a great time to visit. The comfortable temperatures and make exploring the lesser known walking trails around the parks and resorts in places like Epcot's World Showcase, the Wilderness Lodge, or Animal Kingdom much easier without suffering from the intense heat from later in the year.
- You will encounter fewer crowds. March crowd levels in Disney World are moderate, with the exception of the Easter holiday and Spring Break crowds.
- You can experience Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival. March marks the start of the annual botanical themed event in the Epcot theme park. Visitors will be treated to an array of special floral exhibits, playgrounds, and interactive attractions. The Flower and Garden Festival also offers fun activity stations for kids, the opportunity to shop with select specialty vendors, and weekends at the Festival include free Garden Rocks Concerts.
Warnings and Cautions for Visiting Walt Disney World in March
- You may encounter traffic. If you are traveling to Disney World by car, be aware that there is a motorcycle festival at the beginning of the month in Daytona Beach. Plan ahead for traffic delays if your travel dates coincide with Bike Week.
- You may deal with crowds. While March, as mentioned is generally free from crowds, make sure to check the calendar before booking your trip. Spring Break and Easter weeks are sometimes in March and are a few of the busiest times at Disney World. However, as long as you avoid these times, you won't have to worry about long lines and fully booked hotels and restaurants.
Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World in March
- Celebrate St. Patrick's Day. If you find yourself in Disney World on March 17th, head to World Showcase's United Kingdom Pavilion and join in the lively St. Patrick's Day festivities, where alcohol is served.
- Pack your camera. With the sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom, photo opportunities abound as the Disney characters come out to meet guests in a variety of photo-friendly locations this time of year.
- Get FastPasses. Make sure to utilize the FastPass+ program on the My Disney Experience app before your trip to cut your attraction wait time significantly.
- Make Dining reservations in advance. Dining reservations are accepted 180 days in advance of your visit online, via the mobile app, or by phone. If you plan on dining at a table service restaurant, hot spots like the Cinderella's Royal Table and Le Cellier are almost always fully booked at least 3 months in advance, so make your reservations as quickly as possible.
- Enjoy the water parks. Although the water may be a bit chilly, the sun is usually shining, so March is the perfect time to head to Disney's water parks - just don't forget your sunblock!