What to Expect at Disneyland in March
Spring break season begins in March and it's a time when lots of folks like to take a trip to Disneyland. 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, but in California (where many Disneyland visitors live), the spring break season is less tied to the religious holiday and schools schedule their breaks any time between mid-March and the end of April.
Many of our readers plan to visit Disneyland in the spring but not during spring break. See the poll results for their other favorite times.
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Disneyland Weather in March
These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year.
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.
At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.
Average High Temperature: 65°F (19°C)
Average Low Temperature: 51°F (10°C)
Rain & Clouds Index: 3 inches (5 cm) rain
What to Pack, What to Wear in March
The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.
Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect. It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.
Rain may extend in to March, so take a poncho or hooded rain jacket if it's in the forecast. Umbrellas make it hard to move around and they're a nuisance to stow every time you want to go on a ride.
Choose clothing that will dry out quickly if you want to go on any water rides. Cotton fabrics can stay soggy and uncomfortable for hours when it's cool outside. A plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If it all seems like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.
March HoursDaylight Saving Time ends mid-month, giving you more daylight hours in the evening. Get the exact date and more info here.
Monday through Thursday: Open 10 to 16 hours per day
Friday through Sunday: Open 15 to 16 hours per day
California Adventure hours are often shorter than Disneyland's. Check March hours up to 6 weeks in advance.
You may find rides closed for major refurbishment early in the month, but by the time the spring break crowds arrive, most of them should be open again, unless they're undergoing a major overhaul.
Touringplans.com keeps a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.
Disneyland Crowds 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.