March is a great time to visit the parks and attractions in Orlando, since crowd levels will be relatively low during most of the month. But the closer your visit is to Easter (which varies every year), the larger the crowds and the more you should expect to pay for hotels. There are some wonderful spring events to explore at the parks during March.
Orlando Weather in March
Expect the weather in Orlando to be warm, but not overly hot or humid just yet, meaning it should be nearly ideal weather to enjoy rides and attractions.
- Average high: 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius)
- Average low: 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius)
- Orlando doesn't get much rain during March (averaging 3.79 inches of precipitation)
You may want to pass on watery rides like Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the mornings or evenings as it may be a bit too chilly.
What to Pack
Pack a light jacket, sweatshirt, or sweater for chilly evenings, but you may find you never need to remove it from your suitcase. During the days—which are mostly sunny—you'll be comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt. If you're going on roller coasters, you may want to bring a sweatshirt as the wind can get chilly when you're rocketing down the track. Pack sunblock even though the temperatures should be moderate. You can still get burned in March. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll also want to pack comfortable shoes as you'll be walking around a lot at the parks.
Bring your bathing suits. Water parks such as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Universal’s Volcano Bay will be open, and the midday temperatures should be accommodating. Note that all of the Disney and Universal pools at their water parks and hotel resorts are heated.
March Events in Orlando
If you plan to visit Orlando in March, you could catch as number of annual spring events at parks, such as:
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - The Disney World event includes loads of brilliant blossoms, fanciful topiaries, scrumptious cuisine, interactive play gardens, and live, national musical acts.
- Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida - One of Universal Orlando’s biggest parties of the year is in full swing this month. Sample a taste of New Orleans as you watch a dazzling array of parades, shows, and musical events. Sample authentic Cajun cuisine and join in the party on select nights this month. Mardi Gras is free with your park admission, so you'll be able to join the party without purchasing an extra ticket.
- Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando - Throughout the month of March, SeaWorld offers a variety of international dishes and beverages to visitors along with a series of concerts that are included with admission to the park.
- Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival - SeaWorld‘s sister park also has a similar festival complete with food and beverage booths and a live music series.
- St. Patrick's Day: There isn't anything specifically planned to mark the Irish holiday at the parks, but there are some fun things to consider doing at Disney World on Saint Patrick's Day.
March Travel Tips
- Even though crowds should be lighter than other times of the year, learn how to use Disney World’s My Disney Experience, including Fastpass+, as well as the Universal Express line-skipping program.
- Make dining reservations at Disney World and Universal orlando well in advance of your visit.
- Disney After Hours is a little-known secret perk of visiting in the off-season, including March. You could get a 3-hour exclusive experience in the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You'll feel like you have the parks all to yourself, with many of the most popular attractions, along with character greetings, available at this after-hours event, and the best part is you won't have to wait to ride fan favorites including Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion.
- For those traveling to Orlando by car, double check the schedule for Daytona's Bike Week festivities, held in the early part of the month. Bike Week will cause some travel delays if you need to pass through the Daytona area.