The March 2013 Disney World operating schedule was released today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_mar.pdf. If it still says March 2012 in the upper right hand corner, click refresh on your browser. Some browsers don’t load new versions of documents if the name is the same.
As always, this is the “official schedule” that Disney uploads to its Disney Web Content address before it goes live at DisneyWorld.com. Expect March 2013 to go live on DisneyWorld.com much closer to the end of August.
The first seven days in March are mighty pleasant, both in terms of temperatures and crowds, but crowds are going to begin to build beginning March 8th for spring breaks around the country. Expect March 24th - 30th to be bananas with March 31st – April 6th only slightly less so due to the Easter holiday on March 31st.
The nice thing about spring break, compared with the summer, is the weather. March is generally mighty pleasant weather-wise, whereas the heat in June – August is debilitating. Given a choice, January 21 – February 13 would be the best time of the year to visit in the website’s opinion. I don’t like crowds and I don’t like high temperatures.
Spring break is certainly doable, but you’ll want to be advised of heavy crowds and higher Disney resort pricing. This was a little earlier than I was expecting the March schedule to come out, but the March 2013 Crowd Calendar image should be ready to go by Thursday. Just have to check on a few things.
A September 2012 update is coming up next.