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Disneyland in March
If you're thinking about going to Disneyland in March, think about the month in two parts.
If you go to Disneyland during the first few days of March before schools start their spring breaks, it’s delightfully uncrowded. It’s a time when you can arrive at noon and get a parking spot on the third floor of the seven-story Mickey & Friends parking lot. You can even get a table for lunch at the Carthay Circle restaurant with no reservation and no wait. Many rides will have 10 to 20 minute wait times, but Fastpasses for the most popular rides will be gone by noon, leaving you standing in line for an hour or more.
If you go mid-month after spring break season begins, things get much busier. In fact, it might not even seem like the same place, with waits for everything in the 30 to 60-minute range (or more). By the last two weeks of March, those wait times will stretch to an hour (and sometimes up to two). Going during that busier time requires more patience and planning.
In California (where many Disneyland visitors live), the spring break season is less tied to the religious holiday. Schools schedule their breaks between mid-March and the end of April. In some parts of the country, the annual school break is tied to Easter, which can fall between March 22 and April 25. You can look up this year's date for Easter to help in your planning.
According to their responses to polls, many TripSavvy readers plan to visit Disneyland in the spring but not during spring break. For more help in choosing a time to go, check the pros and cons of going to Disneyland in the spring.
Disneyland's March Hours
Daylight Saving Time ends in mid-March. If you go after that, you get more daylight hours in the evening. The easy way to get the start date for Daylight Saving Time is to search for "daylight savings time start" at Google.
In general, Disneyland's will be open in March for 10 to 16 hours per day Mondays through Thursdays and 15 to 16 hours per day Fridays through Sundays. Hours may be longer on holiday weekends.
California Adventure hours are often shorter than Disneyland's. Check the March hours for both parks up to 6 weeks in advance.
March Closures at Disneyland
You may find rides closed for major refurbishments early in the month, but by the time the spring break crowds arrive, most of them should be open again, unless they're undergoing an extensive overhaul.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Disneyland Crowds, Costs and Events in March
- Tickets: Disney often offers promotional deals that extend through early March, selling adult tickets for the kids' price or Park Hoppers at the price of a one park per day ticket. You may have to buy the tickets before the end of February. Check their website for details.
- Hotel Costs: Hotel costs will stay low until Spring Break starts.
Disneyland March Events
There are no extra annual events at the Disneyland park in March, but if Mardi Gras happens during the month, there will be some special activities around New Orleans Square. If Easter falls on a March Sunday, some of the Downtown Disney restaurants may offer an Easter brunch menu.
Startin in March, Disney California Adventure hosts a Food and Wine festival that will last through mid-April.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in March
These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like.
Like most other places, Disneyland sees a variety of spring weather. Some years, the winter rains continue, but in others, it can be dry and very pleasant. Once in a while, it's even downright hot.
Anaheim's average high temperatures in March range from a high of 65°F (19°C) to a low of 51°F (10°C). On the average, it gets 3 inches (5 cm) of rain.
At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature in March was 30°F (-1°C), and its record high was 108°F (42°C).Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in March
You can start planning your Disneyland wardrobe ahead of time, but don't rely on averages to make your final plans. Instead, check the weather forecast a few days ahead.
If rain is in the forecast, don't take an umbrella, They make it hard to move around, and they're a nuisance to stow every time you want to go on a ride. Instead, take a poncho or hooded rain jacket.
Even if it isn't raining, the weather probably won't be warm enough to make running around in damp clothing a comfortable experience.
If you want to go on any water rides, take a plastic poncho and choose clothing that will dry out quickly. Cotton fabrics can stay soggy and uncomfortable for hours, making synthetics a better choice.
Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.
More Disneyland by Month
Summer's busy season is June, July, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most crowded time of year. That's when you'll definitely need to know these proven ways to spend less time standing in line at Disneyland.