What to wear on a vacation is always a tough decision, no matter where you are vacationing. Traveling to Disney World is no exception. It is easy to think that you can dress casually every day, but that isn’t always the case in Disney World. There are a lot of factors to consider when you are planning what to wear while you are vacationing in Disney World. The types of outfit you wear will change depending on the time of year you are vacationing there.
In order to be fully prepared for your Disney World vacation in March, you have to consider a few different things. The weather in Florida in the month of March is different than the weather in July or August, so you have to keep that in mind. If you are planning to attend any special events at Disney World, you will need to dress accordingly. The same thing applies to dining at certain restaurants. If you are traveling with children, there are some special considerations you need to make for them as well.
It sounds a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Dressing for your Disney travel experience at any time of the year is fairly simple. This is not going to be the most fashion-forward vacation you could take, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t going to want to think carefully about what you are wearing.
Dress for the Weather
Many people believe that Florida is always hot and humid, but that is not the case. Like most places, the weather in Florida changes with the seasons. Although it would be shocking for Florida to experience blizzard conditions that are seen in other parts of the country, it is not out of the ordinary for weather to get cool and wet. The month of March is one of the times when cooler weather can be experienced.
The average temperature in March ranges between 77°F and 54°F, which is far cooler than the temperatures in the summer months. It is a comfortable temperature for people seeking a little respite from long winter months in places with harsh winters, but can be a little chilly if you are expecting the hot and humid summer conditions.
Along with the cooler temperatures, there is also an increase in rainfall during the month of March. It is always possible to experience a rainstorm in Florida, but in March rain is more prevalent than in the previous months.
No one likes to hear about cooler temperatures and rain when looking at a forecast for their vacation, but it doesn’t have to get in the way of the fun you are hoping to have. Although for some the weather in March seems less than ideal, if you dress appropriately, you will be comfortable and the weather won’t be much of a factor for you.
For an early spring day, like seen in March, dress for the possibility of rain, but don’t go overboard. Some of the best things to wear at Disney World in March are all about comfort in the elements.
Jeans – Everyone has a favorite comfortable pair of jeans. These can be a good idea for the cooler days in March. Being at Disney World does not mean you have to go out and buy completely new outfits. Wear your favorite jeans, embrace the casual a look, and be comfortable.
Capris – Days in the high seventies are definitely warm enough for capris, especially if you are traveling from somewhere colder. March in Disney World is the perfect time to pull your spring clothes out of the closet.
Windbreaker – If the afternoons are comfortable, it is likely that the evenings and nights will be cool and require an extra layer. A good option is to wear a windbreaker. It is not too heavy and cumbersome to keep with you throughout the day, and it will come in handy when you get a little chilly later on in the day.
Most windbreakers have a hood, so that will be a huge benefit if it starts to rain while you are in the parks. Wearing a windbreaker is much more comfortable than a plastic poncho that you would probably have to opt for if you don’t have a windbreaker.
Sweatshirt – Sometimes a windbreaker isn’t enough. You might need something a little warmer, and it would be a great idea to wear a sweatshirt. There are various Disney designs throughout the parks if you need to pick an extra one up along the way. Sweatshirts are great for layering. They are easy to take on and off to accommodate what you are doing and how quickly the temperature changes.
T-shirts – T-shirts can help complete the casual look of jeans, but more importantly, they are comfortable and work well when layered underneath a sweatshirt.
Sneakers – You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so will want to have comfortable footwear. With the cooler temperatures and possibility of rain, sandals are less than ideal. Keeping your feet warm and dry will help make your trip more comfortable.
The best way to dress for the weather in March is to dress comfortably. Being aware that the temperatures are a little cooler will keep you from being freezing and surprised by a rainstorm while you are wearing shorts and sandals. That is not to say you can’t wear those things in March, but just be mindful of the forecast.
Staying comfortable will make enjoying your vacation a lot easier. You don’t want to spend too much time regretting what you wore to the parks. Casual and comfortable is almost always the best option when you are headed to a Disney World park.
Dressing the Kids
Knowing what to wear for yourself can take a lot of thought, but dressing your kids is even more important. Much of what kids are going to wear will be similar to what you wear. The best thing for kids is that dressing in Disney World is fun! They get to wear their favorite Disney character t-shirts, or even full costumes.
Disney is a place to absolutely let kids be kids and have fun with what they are wearing. That is true anytime you go to Disney World, but in March there are a few special considerations you should make.
Weather is a big deal when it comes to keeping kids comfortable and engaged in the vacation. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation quite like a kid who is too hot, too cold, or soaking wet!
It is uncomfortable enough for an adult to overheat, or be cold, but at least most adults can power through the discomfort. That sort of discomfort is enough to make a kid have a meltdown that forces you to head back to the resort before you can do anything else.
Of course, that might happen no matter how your children are dressed, but there are some ways to try to avoid that.
Layers – Kids might want to show off their awesome Buzz Lightyear t-shirts at rope drop, but it will likely be too cold to just wear a t-shirt. Let them wear the t-shirt, but couple that with a warmer sweatshirt. There are a lot of cool character themed sweatshirts that they might be just as excited about showing off as they are about their t-shirt.
If a sweatshirt is too much of a battle with them, make sure there are long sleeve shirts they can wear under the t-shirt they love. That way, everyone can still see just how awesome the t-shirt is, and your child won’t be too cold.
Personalized shirts – Personalizing the shirts you wear at Disney World has become an ever-growing fad that you and your kids will want to be part of. Making or buying these shirts is easier than ever. Everyone has, or knows someone who has, a Cricut that can be used to print out the shirt designs of your dreams.
The best part about this is that you can personalize t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, sweaters, backpacks, anything! Having a unique shirt will have your child more excited to wear the things you want them to wear. This will be great if you have matching shirts and are hoping for great family photos in front of Cinderella’s castle.
Comfortable Shoes – Unless your child will be spending the majority of the vacation in a stroller, there is a lot of walking to be done, and with walking is sure to come complaining! By making sure you child is wearing comfortable shoes, probably a worn in pair of sneakers, everyone will be happier.
Disney Costume – Sure, Halloween is in October, so dressing up in March seems a little out of place, but not at Disney World! If you have a daughter who loves Elsa, let her dress like Elsa to go to the parks. It will make for a great picture when she meets her, and she will truly feel like a princess walking through Disney World. You can even take her to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to get a princess makeover to match her outfit!
The makeovers range in price but can be over $200 if the outfit is included. If the princess look isn’t right for your child, there is also the Pirate’s League where kids can be transformed into pirates and mermaids. Costumes and Disney are always a match, no matter when you go.
Mickey Ears – Everyone, but especially kids, should wear Mickey ears in Disney World! There is something about putting the ears on that helps complete the Disney experience. It feels like you are truly part of the park when you wear the ears. It is probably because you don’t wear them anywhere else, but regardless, your kids will love wearing them, and they come in different styles, so if a hat with a chin strap is not something your child can wear comfortably, try out different sets of ears while you are in the parks.
Dressing your kids for Disney is sort of like dressing them for school, but with a much more exciting destination. Letting them know what sort of outfits they get to wear might make them even more excited about putting on the clothes you have packed for them. Special personalized shirts are sure to be a hit, as is dressing up in costumes. It’s all about being comfortable and having fun when dressing your kids for Disney World in March.
Special Events in March
March is a long, fairly boring month on the calendar. It tends to be the same case at Disney World. There are not a ton of extra things to take part in. There aren’t any holiday parties that you can attend in the way you can for Halloween and Christmas. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything special to dress for in March.
Spring is in the air when March rolls around, and Disney World fully embraces the idea of everything spring brings with it. For many people Spring is all about flowers and sunshine. If you are heading to Epcot, you will have a chance to experience a festival that screams springtime. Flowers are just beginning to bloom everywhere, but by the beginning of March, they are in full bloom at Epcot.
The first weekend in March is the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. This festival is not the same at the Food and Wine festival that Epcot also runs. This is all about the beauty of the flowers. There are Disney themed topiaries scattered throughout Epcot. You won’t want to miss them! Much like the Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival hosts musicians daily. This is a fun addition to an already fun park experience.
If you want to fully embrace the flower and garden theme for a day at Epcot, there are things you can wear to add to the spring feeling this park has. Your pictures will definitely scream spring if you dress the part.
Floral Mickey Ears – These Mickey ears can be seen all over the place, and come in many different variations. The ears themselves can be made from flowers, there can be more of a flower crown style, or a combination of both.
No matter which direction you choose to go in, your outfit will go well with the theme of the festival. One of the best things to do at Disney World is fully embrace what is going on around you. Let your guard down and have fun with it!
Floral Print – If You’ve been looking for a reason to wear floral prints, this is the perfect place. Wear your floral skirt with pride and match the beautiful theme of the park. Shorts and t-shirts with floral patterns will look like they truly belong at the Flower and Garden Festival.
March does not have a lot of special events to attend, but Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is a great experience, and it’s the perfect excuse to break out, or buy, some floral Mickey ears.
While it can be fun to wear Mickey and Minnie ears, in all different styles, it can seem a little unfair that kids get to have all of the fun when it comes to dressing up. Adults cannot dress as characters at Disney World, for obvious safety concerns, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun with what they wear.
The idea of Disneybounding is perfect for adults who want to show their love for certain characters, while fully embracing the magic of Disney. To Disney Bound, you need to get to the heart of the character you are trying to dress like. Pick the colors that stick out, and the accessories that define them. Most Disney characters are based in bold colors, so it is easy to decide which colors fit the character best.
While Disney Bounding, the key is to be subtle. This is not a full costume. To anyone who is not aware of the concept, you should just look normal. To fellow Disney Bounders, your character should come to life! If, for example, you want to dress like Snow White, you don’t have to wear a dress like hers.
Instead, you should decide which colors you most associate with her, and include them in your outfit. That could mean, yellow pants, a blue top, and a red bandana. You may also want to include some sort of apple element for Snow White. That can be a necklace, or earrings. Anything you are comfortable with.
The key to a good Disney Bounding outfit is creativity. There are no limits. Wear whatever makes you happy! Just remember not to go overboard. Everything works best in moderation when you are trying to put together the best Disney Bounding outfit.
A Night Out
Most of the time, casual and comfortable works perfectly at Disney World. There are a few restaurants that have strict dress codes that you should be aware of. Most places at Disney World are accommodating and do not require guests wear a specific style of clothing, but sometimes it is better to dress up and be on the safe side.
If you want to have a nice night out, and take a little break from the silliness that tends to come with Disney parks, there are options for you. These options will require you to leave the parks, but you don’t have to go far. The restaurants with dress codes are places that will have higher end dining options as well.
Forget the simple macaroni and cheese, and be prepared for something a little more grown-up. Most restaurants at Disney World have a good mix of foods, so that is not to say if you do not plan to dress up for dinner that you will be eating like a kid for the entire vacation.
The restaurants with stricter dress codes are perfect for a romantic night out, or celebrating your latest accomplishment. These restaurants are part of Disney World for adults. It’s not just for the kids, and the dining proves that. The dress codes do not allow swim attire, torn clothing, cut-off jeans, flip flops, hats, or tank tops.
The restaurants with these dress codes are almost all located outside of the parks, with the exception of Monsieur Paul and Takumi-Tei which are both located at Epcot. If you are dining at the other restaurants with a dress code, you will have a chance to go back to your resort to change before going for the meal.
Heading to one of those restaurants is an experience in itself, and should be dressed for. Women should wear nice capris or a skirt with a nice blouse. Of course, eating at a nice restaurant is Disney World is a great excuse to wear the perfect, summery dress that you’ve been waiting to wear all winter. Men should wear khakis or dress pants with a collared shirt. If you are so inclined, a sports coat will complete the fancier look you might be going for.
Just because there are relatively few restaurants with strict dress codes at Disney World, it does not mean those are the only places you should feel comfortable wearing dress clothes. If you have a special night planned that includes dining at Cinderella’s castle, you should absolutely wear something acceptable at high-end restaurants.
If you want to take a stroll around the Boardwalk resort, dressing a little nicer than you would at the parks is a nice touch. There is never anything wrong with dressing up, if that makes you confident and comfortable.
At the end of the day, when you are traveling to Disney World in March, be prepared for cooler weather and rain, but be comfortable. The most important part of what you wear in Disney World in March, or any time of the year, is comfort. Have fun with what you wear, but don’t forget to pay attention to the weather forecast and be prepared for anything.
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- This article was written by Countdown to Magic contributor Courtney Kuketz.