Want to have the best time at Disneyland Resort this March? Is Disneyland busy? Factoring in some school holidays and the return of a favorite parade, you might want to know if Disneyland is busy in March. Some days are definitely busier than others. But you can still have a great time at Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure if you know a bit about the crowd levels you can expect. While Disneyland is not too busy in early March, there are some days that might be better than others! Here are the March tips you need.
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Disneyland In March: The Best Month?
As Disneyland Park lovers, we can’t really say there’s a bad time to go. Honestly, March is one of our favorites- but also, it tends to be busy.
So it’s a favorite of many.
If you can get there in March, you can still find a few low-crowd days at Disneyland. Here’s how.
Disneyland in March has a lot going for it, especially the generally mild weather.
The average high temperature in March is usually in the high 70s and doesn’t get colder than the low 50s.
If you know when to visit Disneyland in March it can be a good time of year to plan a trip to avoid long lines.
And you’ll never forget your March Disneyland vacation!
What Factors Impact Disneyland’s Wait Times In March?
Trying to figure out the Disneyland crowd calendar for March may feel like a challenge, but we’re breaking it down for you.
Are There Any Special Events At Disneyland In March ?
Yes, there is always something going on at Disneyland. And March 2023 is no different.
At Disney California Adventure, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will run from March 3 to April 25, 2023.
If you are familiar with Disney World’s Food and Wine, then you’ll love this festival as well!
Mickey’s Toontown is also celebrating its official reopening on March 8, 2023.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened at the end of February, so it’s going to be a big draw in March as well.
Know When You Can Go: Are The Kids Out Of School?
Two things to consider for any trip to the Happiest Place On Earth:
- Is it a major US holiday weekend when you plan to visit?
- Are local kids off school for any reason?
Both of those issues drive wait times and the feeling of Disneyland being busy in March.
And to answer the questions above:
- No national holidays are scheduled in March 2023 (huzzah!)
- School holidays include March 25-April 1 (Orange County Spring Break), but many schools have Spring Break during the whole month.
The Disneyland Annual Passholder Effect
While Walt Disney World has a lot of Annual Passholders, they don’t have anywhere near the levels Disneyland does.
Annual Passholders (called Magic Key passholders) make up a large percentage of daily Disneyland visitors- hey, locals need to get away today, too!
But please note: Disneyland truly has a bigger percentage of locals visiting than Disney World does. Recognizing this will help you figure out the best day to visit.
Magic Key passholders at Disneyland tend to pop in and out of the parks for a few hours, which can make Disneyland busy in March in weird ways.
It may feel busy in the mornings at Disneyland but empty out a bit just before lunch. This is a Magic Keyholder effect as many locals pop in for a few hours but head out early in the day.
Conversely, Disneyland may also feel busy in the evenings once the locals get off work. They’ll visit Main Street USA for a parade or fireworks, and then head home soon after, especially on Friday nights. Using those annual passes to visit Disneyland in short bursts is definitely a local perk!
How Do You Find The Lower Crowds In March At Disneyland? Check The Magic Key Blackout Calendar
All magic comes with a price, as they say.
And beating those ticket prices with an annual pass comes with a cost: blackout days.
If you’re looking for the best time of the year for your first time at Disneyland, be sure to take a peek at the Magic Key Blackout Calendars.
Some locals are blocked out for the whole weekend, and some for a week at a time. Knowing when they cannot be in the parks will make Disneyland feel less crowded for you.
Disneyland’s Best Days To Visit In March (2023)
We did some looking and have come up with some of the best days to visit Disneyland in March 2023.
The most wiggle room in March is early in the month.
There are some low-crowd days projected for March.
Magic Keys are blocked out on the following days:
- Believe: 18, 25
- Enchant: 11, 18, 25
- Imagine: 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31
Using this information, we think the best days to visit Disneyland in March 2023 will be any time in early March except for the first weekend.
That’s the opening weekend of the Food & Wine Festival and we expect it to be fairly crowded, especially with influencers and content creators.
As the month goes on, more Spring Breakers will be flocking to Disneyland and the crowds will swell.
And please don’t forget to make those theme park reservations ASAP!
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com