With the arrival of March, spring is officially in the air — and the theme parks are hopping! There is no shortage of special events — most notably the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This year’s festivities promise a plethora of blooms, Disney character topiaries and a more Food & Wine Festival-like atmosphere with the debut of Garden Marketplace food and drink kiosks. Hello, spiced rum Dole Whip!
Because of staggered spring break schedules across the country and Easter at the end of the month, crowd levels stay elevated the entire month starting March 8. Unless you are visiting before this date, expect higher crowds. The very highest crowd levels of the month are predicted for March 11-17 and March 27-31. For those of you visiting during this time, take advantage of our wait-times apps and make sure you get to park before opening to take advantage of the lowest crowds.
Best days of the month to visit (and recommended parks)
- March 1 (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Islands of Adventure are recommended parks)
- March 5 (Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios Florida)
- March 6 (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Check the Crowd Calendar to see recommended days for the whole month and beyond.
Magic Kingdom and New Fantasyland
Understandably, many people are making New Fantasyland their first stop in Magic Kingdom, and even at opening it’s quite common to find a 45-minute wait for Enchanted Tales with Belle. There is no Fastpass for this attraction, so if it’s a priority, your best bet is to hoof it over first thing at park opening. If you arrive and find a line less than 45 minutes, do this first and then Under the Sea and Ariel’s Grotto. If you find the line more than 45 minutes, head to Under the Sea and Ariel’s Grotto, because after the opening “rush,” Enchanted Tales sees a slight dip between 10 a.m. and noon on most days and won’t see lower wait times again until late afternoon and evening.
Closings and Refurbishments
The water rides are ending seasonal refurbishments this month. LEGOLAND Florida’s Water Park reopens March 9, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopens March 16. At Walt Disney World, Splash Mountain is closed until March 19. At Universal, Dudley Do-Right’s Rip Saw Falls and Jurassic Park River Adventure have closures. For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.
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. Here is the packing list for this time of year.
- Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando continues its run on Saturdays and select dates through April 20. Highlights of the special event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and the live concerts. March performers include Phillip Phillips and Matchbox Twenty. See full details of what to expect at this year’s Mardi Gras festivities.
- Not to be missed, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa’s Bands, Brew & BBQ pairs music, beer (craft beers both foreign and domestic) and barbecue inside the parks. Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Sheryl Crow are among the performers in March. Check out the full schedule, lineup and more SeaWorld and Busch Garden special events here.
- For Braves fans, Atlanta Braves spring training continues on select days in March at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Spectators can catch the games at Champion Stadium.
- The aforementioned Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival begins March 6 and runs through May. Ahead of the event, Epcot has opened the “Oz The Great and Powerful”-themed Land of Oz Garden, an interactive play area that will also feature midway-style games.
- For those looking for St. Patrick’s Day (or days) food and festivities, Raglan Road is planning quite the celebration. The Irish Restaurant and Pub will play host to 10 Irish bands and dancers over two weekends, March 8-10 and 14-17. There will also be a selection of Irish and craft beers, Irish whiskey and Irish dishes.
Will you be visiting in March? Let us know what you are planning!