This guide to March 2023 at Walt Disney World offers a free crowd calendar, weeks to visit & avoid, weather, ride refurbishments, and what’s new. All of this, plus info & tips for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.
March 2023 will likely be a “tale of two seasons.” The beginning should be slow, with crowds subsiding after Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras in late February 2023. Then later in March, colleges and many school systems in the country will take their spring break…and that means trips to Walt Disney World. If you’re somehow able to get past that (perhaps you’re an avid queue enthusiast, in which case 120-minute waits might be right up your alley), everything else about the month is solid.
While it’s always above-average in terms of crowds, parts of March 2023 won’t be as bad for a couple of reasons. First, because Easter isn’t until April 9, 2023. This means schools that plan their Spring Breaks around the Easter holiday won’t be off for Spring Break in March. However, many K-12 schools and colleges in the United States do have their Spring Breaks the last two weeks of March.
We’ll discuss the ramifications of Spring Break in the March 2023 crowd calendar section below. Here’s what else you need to know about the month at Walt Disney World, organized into convenient categories…
March Weather at Disney World
As far as the weather goes, March is the month when the weather starts to turn around and warm up. Temperatures rise over the course of the month, and although they are still on the cool side of mild, it’s usually quite comfortable. Sure, it can be abnormally cold or hot in March (definitely check the long term forecast before visiting as it really could be either), but you’re generally in for weather that’s almost ideal for touring the parks.
Lows at the beginning of the month are in the mid-50s and creep up towards the 60s by the end of the month. High temperatures range from 75 to 80 degrees. In looking at those numbers and the “comfortable” band on this page, you might think that it skews towards chilly. That can be true early in the morning and late at night, but keep in mind that you’ll be most active during the middle of the day when it’s warmest; personally, I prefer slightly cooler temperatures when I’m active, anyway.
The result is that I find March to be one of the better months of the year for weather in Florida, particularly towards the end of the month. At the beginning of the month you’re more likely to experience unseasonably cold weather, so I tend to avoid that. About the only downside to this mild weather is that it can make visiting water parks or spending much time in your resort hotel’s pool less appealing (or downright unappealing). This can be a bummer for those seeking a ‘tropical’ reprieve from winter in the North.
Being Michiganders, that’s exactly what my family wanted from our trips when I was growing up. I still remember an early March vacation during which my parents decided to stubbornly stick to our plans (I paint them as “stubborn” but the reality was probably that I was a bratty kid who insisted upon going) to visit Blizzard Beach. There was almost no one in the park, and we all spent the better park of the day wrapped in towels on our beach chairs.
I recall crossing the icebergs in Ski Patrol Training Camp and envisioning them as actual chunks of ice, which wasn’t that much of a stretch of the imagination at the time. I share all of this because you might not want to make concrete plans for the water parks or put too much weight in a hotel’s swimming pool when choosing a hotel or planning a March visit–you may not want to spend time at either.
March 2023 Disney World Special Events
While there is no Beer Bong World Championship (let alone more unsavory events) held at the ESPN Wild World of Sports, that’s perfectly fine, because the 2023 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival kicks off at the beginning of the month, running from early March 2023 until early Summer 2023.
Regardless of whether you’re into gardening (I’m not) this is event has the park looking lovely. The flower tapestry by the Imagination pavilion, between Future World and World Showcase is incredibly picturesque, as are the many topiaries around the park. There’s much more than that, all of which you can read about in our .
Normally, March is the only month between January and April that does not have a runDisney event, which is good or bad depending upon your perspective. In March 2023, there will likely be a running event, with the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World being held towards the end of the month.
Park Hours for March are what we call the “new normal.” Walt Disney World has quietly been trimming normal operating hours and adding special hard ticket events pre-park opening, so you can now expect Magic Kingdom to close earlier most nights of the month. Nothing else noteworthy happening in March in terms of official events at Walt Disney World.
March REFURBISHMENTS & NEW ATTRACTIONS
In terms of attractions that will be closed during March, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Just a heads up: that might be a bit deceptive in terms of actual construction work.
The project that will have the biggest impact on the guest experience is the massive reimagining at the front of EPCOT, replacing Future World with 3 new neighborhoods. This unprecedented overhaul will likely continue through 2023, and has led us to address the question Should You Visit Epcot? in a dedicated post. For most people, the answer will be yes, but it’s still worth going in with a realistic view of just how bad construction will be.
On the plus side, some of the Epcot additions will be open by March 2023. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space 220, and Harmonious will all be open. It remains to be seen how much else has debuted. In Epcot, there’s also the Play Pavilion and Moana’s Journey of Water, among many other things.
Then there’s the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster at Magic Kingdom, which will open by March 2023 if we’re lucky, and sometime around the start of the summer season if we’re unlucky.
March 2023 DISNEY WORLD CROWD CALENDAR
We’ll start this free crowd calendar section with the same preface as other months—skip ahead a few paragraphs if you’ve already read it. Wondering why you don’t see a color-coded crowd calendar here? It’s because we don’t really trust them anymore and don’t think you should, either. If we just had a visual crowd calendar graphic here, many of you would only look at that and not read the accompanying explanation that covers what you might actually expect. That’d be doing you a disservice.
While they can be useful tools, crowd calendars are one small piece of a much larger puzzle. We no longer choose our own Disney travel dates based exclusively upon crowd calendars and we’d likewise discourage you from doing so. Crowd calendars are increasingly less reliable because of the way Disney manipulates attendance patterns, staffing, closures, and ride capacity.
Walt Disney World doesn’t release official attendance numbers, so crowd calendars utilize info like school schedules, airport traffic statistics, hotel pricing & occupancy, and other indicators as proxies for crowds. For years, this approach worked and made crowd calendars reliable. Walt Disney World attendance followed an identifiable pattern that tracked with the aforementioned proxies.
More recently, wait times don’t always reflect actual crowds because Disney has become adept and more sophisticated at manipulating both attendance and crowd flow. Think of this as the difference between the actual temperature and the “feels like” temperature, but with crowds. We can still actual crowd and attendance patterns, but not wait times. The latter are what most of you likely care about (the “feels like” crowds), but it’s more difficult to accurately forecast wait times via Walt Disney World crowd calendars.
Early March 2023 should be a great time to visit because it’s a lull in crowds. That wasn’t the case in 2022, which was because Mardi Gras fell at the beginning of the month, resulting in an influx of visitors from Louisiana and other areas of the South. Next year is unlikely to be a repeat of that due to Mardi Gras falling on February 21, 2023.
See our Guide to Mardi Gras Crowds at Walt Disney World for further insight, plus just how bad things were last year. (Spoiler: really bad.) There’s a good chance those crowds won’t repeat themselves, as that was a confluence of (bad) circumstances–including the cancellation of Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans–that resulted in an atypically bad year. With Mardi Gras returning, it’s likely fewer Louisianans and other Southerners will head to Florida during that break.
As such, our projection for the first week-plus of March 2023 seeing crowd levels in the 7/10 range. Specifically, March 1-10, 2023 will see the lowest wait times and attendance of the month.
In combing through various external calendars and resources, there’s next to nothingindicative of higher attendance those dates. The only potential justification is a couple of cheer events at ESPN Wide World of Sports, but that wouldn’t be enough to move the needle on crowds to that great of a degree.
This is more or less normal, reflecting the lull between the popular Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras holidays in late February and the start of Spring Break season in mid-March. Weekends will be busier, especially when the weather is nice.
Things will get significantly worse starting March 11, 2023.
Both Osceola and Orange County, Florida are scheduled to have their Spring Breaks March 13-17, 2023. In addition to that, both have a student holiday on March 10, 2023. That alone will make that week plus the weekends before and after pretty busy. Our expectation is that Disney will extend hours that week, and crowds will be in the 9/10 neighborhood.
It would not surprise us if that ends up being the peak of Spring Break crowds and the following weeks get progressively better. Normally, more out of state tourists would descend upon Florida and Walt Disney World in the final two weeks of the month.
However, it appears that more large school districts have spring breaks in the middle of the month. Nevertheless, expect 7/10 or 8/10 crowd days the last two two full weeks of March 2023, continuing into April 2023.
No matter when you’re visiting in March 2023, we’d advise leveraging Genie+ and Lightning Lanes to beat the crowds. Everything you need to know, including ride priorities, strategy for avoiding pitfalls, maximizing your time saved & ride count, and much more is covered in our Guide to Genie+ and Lightning Lanes at Walt Disney World.
March PRICING & DISCOUNTS
As a result of Spring Breaks being fairly common in March, you typically won’t find much in the way of exceptional promotions. Last year, there was a nightly $20 to $100 off discount for select Walt Disney World hotels for March through early July 2022. This is the first time in a while that a general public special offer, and not just one for Annual Passholders or Floridians, has been released.
In the absence of discounts, March is above average in terms of pricing. For hotels, much of the month is peak season, which is exactly as expensive as it sounds. Only holiday pricing is worse. For tickets, the pricing is not as bad, but it’s still far from the off-season in terms of per-day pricing.
Overall, March is a tale of two months–but also a month on the rise. Normally, the last week of February/first week of March is one of the year’s “sweet spots” for planning a vacation. In fact, we love it so much that it’s our #2 week of the year on our rankings of . It’s too early to say whether that’ll be the case again in March 2023, but we certainly hope so!
In addition to that, early March typically offers below average crowds, weather slightly on the cool side, and the start of the spring bloom with Flower & Garden Festival beginning. After that, March’s attractiveness deteriorates, but even later in the month, I still think the weather goes a long way to compensate for crowds.
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The Park Prodigy's Los Angeles Crowd Calendar is the best tool to see how busy each theme park will be during a specific month, week, and day. It's the perfect resource for families to rely on as they begin to plan their vacation at Disneyland and/or Universal Studios Hollywood.
In general, March is the busiest month at Walt Disney World. It's the heart of spring break in the United States, and the weather makes March visits more appealing than visits during either summer or winter breaks. Honestly—all you're going to hear in this post is “spring break spring break SPRING.
2023 Walt Disney World Packages go on sale June 8, 2022 and can be booked for arrivals up to 499 days in advance.
Off-peak times fall around January, February, August, September, and early November. Discounts on vacation packages (which combine park tickets and hotel stays) booked directly through Disney World and deals on accommodations are regularly offered throughout the year, typically during these less-crowded times.
As such, our projection for the first week-plus of March 2023 seeing crowd levels in the 7/10 range. Specifically, March 1-10, 2023 will see the lowest wait times and attendance of the month.
March is a great month to visit Walt Disney World if you want the opportunity to enjoy long hours without suffering through the heat of the summer months. The first week of March has moderate crowds but this is spring break season in Florida so expect crowds to build from the second week on into April.
The best time to go to Disney World for pleasant weather is in March-May. April receives the least amount of rain on average. The high temperatures range from 75-85 degrees, which is perfect for walking around the theme parks or taking a dip in the pool. October and November also offer comfortable temperatures.
Annual Passholders can make the most of their passes and save on their stay in the magic before the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration comes to an end on March 31, 2023. The savings continue through April.
2023 Walt Disney World vacation packages are now available for families to book. We love helping our guests plan magical vacation memories! Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages include: Walt Disney World Resort hotel so you can stay inside the magic. Theme parks tickets from 2 to 10 days.
March is one of the best months for weather in Walt Disney World and is a major reason to visit during this month. Mornings and evenings are cool but not cold, and the days are in the 70s and 80s, which to us is the absolute perfect temperature to visit the parks.
Can you swim in March? Yes, you can! The good news is that the pools across the resort are heated. In addition, at least one of Disney's 2 water parks is also typically open in March.
Weather at Walt Disney World in March
In March, temperatures are on the rise, with an average high of 78 and a low of 60. There will be plenty of warm days and very low rainfall chances, so don't forget the swimsuits. You might still need a jacket for the evenings and mornings.
Best Day of the Week to Visit Magic Kingdom 2022
As you can guess if Monday is the busiest, Tuesday tends to be the best day of the week to go to Magic Kingdom. We also find Thursday to be one of the least busy days of the week at Magic Kingdom, with Sunday being a great weekend option.
Disney World Ticket Cheapest Seasons
Those low seasons are around January 7 and August 20 to September 18, with increases or spikes around major holidays. Historically, ticket prices somewhat follow hotel prices, so these patterns aren't surprising.
Suggested Walt Disney World Park Planning Schedule
You will find that Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are by far the best days to be in the parks. Still, chances are your vacation will be longer than 3 days, so you will be venturing into the parks Friday through Monday as well.
Our standard recommendation for a Walt Disney World trip is four full days, one day in each park. But three days is a good amount, too, and we take pretty frequent three-day visits as well.
With that being said, potential visitors (who book in advance using the Disney Park Pass System) can expect the early part of the year (January, February and March) to be cheaper, as per usual, still making it one of the cheapest times of year to visit Disney World.
In March, temperatures are an average high of 78° F and low of 56°. Surprisingly March can be a bit rainy, with an average of 3.77 inches of rain.
The best time to visit Orlando for the most pleasant weather is March through early May. The evenings cool down to 50-70 degrees but the days are comfortably warm. You can enjoy a dip in the pool, but you won't be overheating at Walt Disney World.
Buying a package does not usually give you a bigger discount than buying everything separately. BUT, occasionally they do run discounts for packages, and they'll even offer free dining as an add-on for certain resorts. If you're unfamiliar with Disney's Dining Plan, read about it here.
As part of the change, a new, paid service called Genie+ will replace the free FastPass program at the theme parks in both Florida and California. FastPass was first introduced in 1999, and it seemingly allowed visitors to Walt Disney World and Disneyland to skip the stand-by lines at popular attractions for free.
Unfortunately, no, you can not negotiate DVC prices when buying direct from Disney. Disney Vacation Club has a strict per point price set for each resort. As of the time this post was written, the lowest price for DVC at Walt Disney World Resort was Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge for $190 per point.
Theme park reservations typically start to fill up one month in advance but I recommend booking your theme park reservations about 60 days in advance. This will give you some direction when it comes to planning your advance dining reservations, which can be made online up to 60 days in advance.
Guests may make advance reservations for dining and Enchanting Extras Collection experiences (like tours and recreation). Guests with a Valid Disney Resort Hotel Reservation: Make reservations for your entire length of stay (for up to a 10-night stay) up to 60 days in advance of your arrival!
Six months in advance
This is also a good time to book flights and get those hotel reservations locked in place. This is also a good time to plan if you will visit all the Parks (EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios) or if you will visit any water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach).
The all-new attraction will bring guests into the world of Walt Disney Animation Studios' film “The Princess and the Frog” like never before. According to Disney, the reimagined ride will open at Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in California in late 2024.
An all-new nighttime spectacular is coming to EPCOT during the Walt Disney Company's 100th anniversary celebration. This new show is set to debut later in 2023 and will continue the park's legacy of inspiring nighttime entertainment on World Showcase Lagoon.
Our popular extended evening hours benefit for Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels will continue beyond the 50th Anniversary celebration throughout all of 2023!
Disney World Weather in March
You might experience at least one rain shower during your visit. By the end of the month, you'll be getting a bit more than 12 hours of time between sunrise and sunset.
The best time to visit Orlando is from March to May. That's the time of year you'll find the most pleasant weather (high 50s to high 80s most days) and agreeable prices on travel and lodging (excluding holiday weekends and school recesses).
March is notable for being one of Orlando's rainier months. After June, July, August and September – which make up Orlando's official rainy season – March is the month that gets the most rainfall, with an average of 3.77 inches. (For comparison's sake, the February average is 2.47 inches.)
You are welcome to bring small swim floats, pool noodles, swim rings, or other similar pool toys for your little ones. The point to remember is that they do need to be small. The lifeguards at the Resort pools are very focused on safety and they do need to be able to see all the fins flipping around underwater.
Comfortable, breathable fabrics like cotton and mesh will help keep you cool on the warmer days. April may seem like a great time to bust out the shorts and t-shirts in Florida (and it can be!), but make sure you have some extra layers on hand just in case the weather changes.
I am happy to let you know that all Disney Resorts Collection hotels provide towels at all pools. If you are visiting one of the "quiet" pools and for some reason do not see towels, you can stop by the feature pool to pick up some there.
Here in the Sunshine State, we're pretty much used to having access to a swimming pool year-round, and Walt Disney World is no exception. You'll find the pools at the Resort hotels are open all year unless they're under refurbishment or there's a threat of severe weather.
If you are going to be outdoors for any period of time, regardless of what you are doing, it is important to wear sunscreen to keep your skin protected and healthy from developing pre-cancers or skin cancers. Wearing sunblock can help with anti-aging of the skin by preventing wrinkles and brown spots as well.
Since temperatures are almost always above 50 degrees in Florida, mosquitoes are typically present year-round.
Are Disney World Crowd Calendars Accurate? Crowd calendars are an educated guess, and they are not entirely accurate. While some creators of calendars are way better at analyzing and estimating crowds at the parks than others, there is no way to predict crowd levels with 100% accuracy.
Disney Park Pass Reservation Strategy
We have a couple of tips for you to help you try to secure a Disney Park Pass reservation for your upcoming visit. The calendar isn't always accurate. As much as we've been relying on the calendar to report what theme parks are sold out, it's not always accurate.
A: Two to Four Percent Depending On The Park
It is the nature of any predictive tool that it will sometimes miss the mark. There is a small chance (but not an insignificant one) that you will experience a crowd level much higher than predicted so having a back-up plan (read: Touring Plan) is a very good idea.
“They definitely are not accurate,” says Ryan Austin, who runs Walt Disney World Wait Times. “They definitely skew about 20 percent higher than actual wait times. They do often use them as a way to pull people away from a ride.”
That 3rd option is the 120-minute rule. Essentially, you can book another Lightning Lane 2 hours (120 minutes) after reserving a previous one if the return time for the first Lightning Lane is more than 2 hours away.
In general the best days of the week to visit the Disney World parks are Tuesday and Wednesday. The reason being is many families find that you need an entire week for a Disney vacation and typically arrive on Saturday or Sunday. We find weekends and Monday to be the busiest days at Walt Disney World.
You don't need a parks pass reservation for any parks you visit after 2PM after you visit your first park, however you do need to start your day at that first park with a parks pass reservation. You cannot simply show up at any park after 2PM if you haven't first used a park pass reservation to visit a park.
Our standard recommendation for a Walt Disney World trip is four full days, one day in each park. But three days is a good amount, too, and we take pretty frequent three-day visits as well. In this post, we're going to discuss planning a three-day visit to Walt Disney World.
As of 2022, Walt Disney World is at full operations and not putting in any capacity restrictions due to COVID-19.
Epcot. Epcot has the most walking paths (as measured by miles) the is second-largest park by acreage. The park has two distinct sections: World Showcase and Future World.
Just like the crowd calendar's 1-to-10 scale, we score each attraction's daily crowds on a scale of 1 to 10. After the attractions are scored, those values are combined to make the park and resort crowd levels. Now let's look at an example: Before the day starts, we predict the posted wait times at each attraction.
- Swap 'must-visit' for 'lesser-known' ...
- Travel during shoulder season. ...
- Tap into crowd calendars. ...
- Understand domestic tourism cycles. ...
- Consider festivals & events. ...
- Pre-purchase tickets for major attractions online. ...
- Use Google's 'Popular times' feature. ...
- Skip the free tour.
Disney Genie+ is a paid service that allows you to skip the standby line and use the Lightning Lane entrance at select attractions. Guests can book their first Genie+ ride selections starting at 7 AM on the day of their visit. This applies to both those who stay at a Disney Resort Hotel or stay off-property.
- Learn About Genie and Lightning Lane. Let's start with the basics. ...
- Get A Disney World Hotel Room. ...
- Get A Park Pass Reservation. ...
- Go Early. ...
- Ride During Non-Peak Times. ...
- Stay Late. ...
- Splurge on a VIP Tour Guide.
- #1) Use a Crowd Calendar to Plan Your Park Days.
- #2) Take Full Advantage of the Lightning Lanes & Virtual Queue.
- 3) Get to the Parks Early (Sorry, It's True)
- 4) Take Your Vacation During Off-Peak Times of Year.