Updated 9/16/18. Spring in Disneyland is one of the most popular times of year. All of the flowers are in full bloom, the weather is fantastic, kids are out of school on Spring Break, and there are a variety of special events.
Do all of these things add up to an awesome Disneyland trip or crowd filled nightmare?!?
Here are our pros and cons of visiting Disneyland during Spring. Consider this list alongside our guide to what is happening new at Disneyland in our when to visit Disneyland calendar.
Pros of Disneyland in Spring
Flora and Fauna
The Resort is a canvas of bursting colors right now with spring flowers dotting the landscape. Photo opportunities await in both parks but be sure to view the newly planted flora in Downtown Disney District.
If you’re a regular visitor at Disneyland Park, you’ll know right about now is the best time to visit the park’s unofficial mascots- the baby ducklings! These fluffy babies are usually following Mama Duck around Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and are always fun to watch.
Egg-cellent Easter Events
This Friday, March 16th, kicks off the ever-popular Resort’s Egg-stravaganza in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, and in Downtown Disney District. Just purchase a map and set of corresponding stickers then hunt away for the eggs. Once an egg is spotted, place the matching sticker on the map. When all eggs have been located, return the map to the specific retail locations for a special prize. If you want to keep your map and stickers unused as souvenirs rather than hunt, you can still return for your gift. Disneyland Park maps can be redeemed at Disney Showcase on Main Street, Disney California Adventure Park maps can be returned at Elias and Co. on Buena Vista Street, and just show your map in World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney District for a surprise there. Yes, there are THREE different hunts and a park ticket is required to enter both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. Discounts do not apply.
And traditionally in past years, the Disneyland Hotel has hosted an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning near the Adventure Lawn. Younger guests of the Disneyland Hotel are invited to partake in the event but be sure to check with guest services prior.
The Resort is offering two Easter buffets this year- one at Storytellers Café in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and elsewhere at Disney’s PCH Grill in Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Storyteller’s Café is celebrating Easter all day with a breakfast buffet from 7am-2pm, then a dinner buffet from 2-10pm. Disney’s PCH Grill offers a dinner buffet and both locations host character appearances.
Also available for a limited time is the Easter Classic Tea at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55. This specialized offering is available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning March 23rd, and continuing through April 8th. Reservations are highly encouraged for all Easter eating experiences as they tend to fill up quickly.
Spring Themed Treats
The Easter buffets are just a small taste of spring treats the Resort offers. Carrot cupcakes, Easter gourmet apples, and the Mickey macaron at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café are just a sampling of popular past spring menu items. This year, the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square currently boasts a refreshing watermelon chile-lime beignet- perfect for spring!
Also, be on the lookout for Disneyland Resort’s candy makers to offer delectable candy fudge eggs available at Candy Palace in Disneyland Park. These handmade items are visually appealing as they are tasty. Last year’s varieties included chocolate crème, chocolate nut, peanut butter, vanilla nut, and black walnut.
Rounding out the spring events at Disneyland Resort is the ever-popular Dapper Day. Although not an official Disneyland Resort event, fans of eras bygone and vintage styles descend on the Resort for a weekend to share tips, pleasantries, and everything retro. This year’s spring turn-out is scheduled for April 21st and 22nd, as well as the adjoining Dapper Day Expo in the Disneyland Hotel.
Check out our full photo gallery of Dapper Day in Disneyland!
Cons of Visiting Disneyland During Spring
March is one of the wettest months of the year at Disneyland. Be sure to consider the rian and prep for the occasion.
While the crowds are less than expected during a rainy day, some die-hard fans see the rain as an opportunity and done their Mickey parkas and make a day of it at the parks.
See our full guide to visiting Disneyland in the rain.
Spring Break Crowds
Let’s call it as it is. The biggest determining factor in enjoying a spring visit at Disneyland Resort is the spring break crowds. It now feels like the Resort is crowded all the time regardless of the month but with the onslaught of spring breakers, coupled with the opening of Pixar Pier you have to make sure to manage your expectations with crowds.
But, no matter what the opinion, Disneyland Resort always has an egg-cellent plan for enjoying spring. So, read some of our advice on how to avoid the crowds at Disneyland, read our Disneyland packing list, and you’ll have a fantastic Disneyland vacation!
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