Our guide to March 2022 at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offers a free crowd calendar, days to visit & avoid, weather, seasonal events, and new attraction openings & closures. We’ll discuss the impact of ‘sold out’ Magic Key and park reservations, and make a recommendation as to whether you should visit. (Updated December 12, 2021.)
March is usually the month that Disneyland emerges from its winter slumber. Usually, January and February are the slowest months of the year, with chilly weather, rain, an emphasis on refurbishments, and fewer guests because it’s Southern California’s off-season for tourism.
Spring Breaks begin in March, albeit to not as great of an extent as April. The month starts slow, gradually picking up crowds as the weather gets nicer, fewer refurbishments are on the schedule, and more non-local vacationers arrive for their Spring Break. Of course, as with January and February, the (lack of) park reservation availability could throw a monkey wrench into what happens in March 2022, making this less of a “normal” year…
In March 2022, we’re anticipating a confluence of circumstances “thanks” to pent-up reservation demand among Magic Key Passholders who have had a difficult time booking reservations since Halloween. Additionally, that returning entertainment–Fantasmic, World of Color, Disneyland Forever, and Main Street Electrical Parade–will draw more guests to the parks.
Finally, a return of SoCal ticket deals seems all but inevitable—but here’s hoping it doesn’t happen to give some relief to crowds. With that backdrop set, here’s what you can expect in March 2022 at Disneyland & Disney California Adventure in terms of the crowd calendar, weather, refurbishment, special events, closures and new attractions…
March Weather at Disneyland
Southern California’s weather is typically excellent in March. During the middle of the day, temperatures are usually in the mid-60s to low 70s, with the average high being 71Â°F and the average low being 52Â°F. Daily highs rarely fall below 60Â°F or exceed 82Â°F and daily lows are seldom below 44Â°F or above 57Â°F
The evenings are still chilly, but that’s true pretty much year round in Southern California. The crisp air makes it feel even colder at night, and we also recommend packing jeans plus a light jacket for March trips, at the very least (more warm clothing is always better than less–it’s deceptively cold).
March marks the end of Southern California’s rainy season–to the extent that it has one. Rain is far more possible early in the month (15-18% daily chance of precipitation towards the beginning of the month) than it is later. By the final week of March, there’s only a 10% daily chance of rain.
March is generally a pretty sunny month, and over the course of the month, the length of the daytime dramatically increases (and by extension, typical hours of sunlight). The marine layer is also less of a problem during March, which can’t be said for the months that follow. All in all, March is a great time to visit California (and by extension, Disneyland) in terms of weather. It’s not always warm, but it’s not hot either!
Special Events & What’s New or Closed
The main special event during March at Disneyland Resort is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. This runs from March 4 to April 26, 2022. It’s a celebration packed with entertainment, cooking demos, celeb chef sightings, and food booths to taste your way around the Golden State.
We’re big fans of DCA’s Food & Wine Festival. Sure, the portions are sometimes meager and the prices sky-high, but we’ve also found that the quality is generally superior to its counterpart at Epcot. There are also some really tasty and interesting dishes, and the Sip & Savor Pass is a good way to bring costs down and try higher-priced items without there being so much sticker shock.
In terms of March attraction closures, we have what’s possibly a partial list on the 2022 Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar. That should be pretty close to final for March, but don’t be surprised if another ride or two is added as the month draws nearer.
March 2022 Disneyland Crowd Calendar
Disneyland crowd calendars for specific dates are no longer highly reliable due to changes in attendance trends, the new Magic Key Passes, ticket promotions, and other factors. General trends are easier, but it’s difficult to say a particular day will have low, moderate, or heavy crowds–which is why we’ve eliminated our color-coded Disneyland crowd calendars.
As such, our crowd calendar exists of some best & worst date ranges that should be used as an approximation for patterns—not something you rely heavily upon when booking a trip to Disneyland. While other sites offer numerical crowd calendars for specific dates months or more in advance, we’d be weary of putting too much weight on those. There are simply too many inconsistent variables for Disneyland crowd calendars to be reliable so far in advance.
With that said, our methodology is based upon historic wait time information, anecdotal observations, special events, school schedules, dynamic ticket prices, and more. Second, expect Disney California Adventure crowds to almost always track Disneyland crowds—with a few exceptions—albeit with a proportionately lower number of guests.
For the most part, March is a pretty simple month in terms of predicting crowds. There are no major US holidays, and no spring breaks that are significant, as both Orange County and Los Angeles County have their breaks in April 2022.
In a normal year, March starts out slowly. The first two weeks are still part of the winter off-season, and there are low crowds during the weekdays. The month gets progressively busier towards the end, and the last two weeks start seeing spring break crowds as non-local markets and some schools in surrounding states (namely Utah and Nevada) start having their spring breaks.
In terms of specific dates we recommend for visiting, March 1-3 will be the ideal range. These are followed closely by March 7-10. Both set of weekdays should see low crowds, especially from rope drop to 5 pm.
Beginning March 14, you should expect above average crowds, but it should still be better than the following week. The final week of the month will see the heaviest crowds of March 28. Still, better than pretty much all of April 2022.
Finally, we want to reiterate that this is all subject to change depending on park reservation calendars. If Magic Key reservations continue running out for every single day—including weekdays—and reservations for regular ticket holders follow suit, there won’t be much variance in crowds at all. If every day is fully booked, they’re all equally busy.
These March 2022 Disneyland crowd calendar predictions assume that Disney will be able to increase capacity and/or pent-up demand will start to fizzle-out in the new year. If either or both of those things don’t occur, all bets are off. Even if they do occur, it really depends upon the degree to which it happens. If reservations are still filling up to ~90% most days, there potentially won’t be an appreciable difference in crowd levels throughout the month. Our expectation is that demand will decrease and capacity will increase, thus providing some relief to crowds, but that’s not a sure thing.
Nevertheless, one of the greatest difficulties with forecasting Disneyland crowd calendars is that so much of the audience lives in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, meaning they are not planning their trips to Disneyland months in advance. Many people are visiting on a whim, and can make last-minute trips if enticed by marketing, deals, or special entertainment.
Overall, March is “below average” on our 2022 Best and Worst Months to Visit Disneyland, but that doesn’t mean the entire month is a bad time to visit. To the contrary, if you aim for the beginning of March, you should find temperate weather, fewer refurbishments, and relatively low crowds–especially on weekdays.
Once again, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be the wildcard in terms of crowds, but it’s also joined in March by the new Magic Happens daytime parade. These two new offerings could upend our predictions, but we suspect their impact will disproportionately impact weekends, leaving weekdays the first two weeks of the month as a great time to visit Disneyland. Disney California Adventure should be even less crowded!
Have you visited Disneyland in March? If you’re a local, do you agree that the beginning of the month is a better time to visit than late March? Any predictions of your own to offer in terms of crowds at Disneyland? Any questions? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts or questions below in the comments!