Here is a preview of the March 2012 Crowd Calendar (click to enlarge). If you’re not sure how to “read” the Calendar or what to expect from the daily analysis, check out the bulleted points at the top of this post. That explains what each line means. In many ways, March is really the tale of two cities. The first week to ten days sees lean crowds before the spring break crowds arrive beginning March 10th. Spring Breaks throughout the United States are fairly staggered, so we don’t see the huge pop like we’ll have over Christmas or Thanksgiving. Even in Florida, Miami is out March 12-16, Osceola County is out March 19-23, and Orange County is out March 26-30. Still, we’re looking at crowds that are well above average for most of the last two thirds of the month. This is opposite of what we’ll see this coming April, when the first two weeks are significantly busier than the last two weeks because of the Easter holiday. If you’re flexible with your dates, you’ll definitely want to be on your way home by the 10th. You may also want to consider holding off for the last week in April going into May. Otherwise, March is one of the best months to visit as far as weather is concerned.
The Crowd Calendar is far from finalized, but I thought I would give you an idea about where we’re headed. There will most likely be some nuances and events that need to be taken into account. The “final copy” should be ready in the next few days along with the daily analysis.