Last updated on 08/25/2023
We love February at Walt Disney World. Presidents’ Day weekend can be busy, but even with crowds, the cool temps make it all worthwhile.
Here’s what you need to know:
Most definitely, YES!
We are suckers for beautiful, cool temps, and February (much like January) at Walt Disney World definitely offers that.
We will cover everything you need to know about traveling to Walt Disney in February, but to kick it off, here are some key takeaways we want you to keep in mind:
See what we mean? So much to love about Disney World in February. But, although there is a lot that makes February great, there are a few things that aren’t so fun:
We would be lying if we didn’t say February is a lot busier than it used to be. Since the weekends are filled with dance/cheer competitions and runDisney races, the weekdays tend to be better, though.
But, even during the pockets of time when the crowds are lower, it may not feel like it.
There are several reasons for why that is and while it is all speculation, here are some things that we’ve noticed that can make the parks feel busier than they are:
But, on the positive, even if the overall wait times at attractions aren’t dramatically reduced, you can still definitely FEEL a difference in the parks.
It can be a lot easier to find a table at a quick service restaurant, the pathways and walkways in the parks aren’t as crowded, and it can be even easier to find a bench to sit on or a spot to watch the nighttime shows.
To avoid the heaviest crowds in February, skip these dates:
Disney publishes its park hours about 75 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.
Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a roughly 75-day window.
As the dates get closer, it isn’t unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.
That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked, you’ll definitely want to keep checking the park hours – including while on your trip.
When it comes to park hours – in general – the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.
In February, that means that you’ll typically find the parks open longer over the busy Presidents’ Day weekend. And, if Mardi Gras happens to fall during February when you are traveling, expect longer hours around then, too.
If you are looking for a good deal, February is typically a prime time to snag one.
If you can avoid traveling over Presidents’ Day, you’ll find some of the lowest prices of the year.
Also, it is very standard to see discounts offered in February. You can check out all the current and historical discount information in the link below.
The newest festival at Epcot is called Festival of the Arts, and it is one of our favorites.
Taking place in January and February, this festival covers all things “art”. This includes visual, culinary, and performing arts.
runDisney offers several races throughout the year, including the extremely popular runDisney Princess Half-Marathon.
Spanning 4 days, runners have the option to participate in several different races, including a 5k, 10k, and half-marathon. There are also options for virtual races, plus special medals if you opt to participate in all 3 in-person races.
If you prefer cooler temperatures and low humidity, February is the month for you.
But even though the temps range from average lows in the 50s to average highs in the 70s, remember those are just averages.
It isn’t unusual to see those lows dip into the 40s and the highs to climb to the near 90s.
While not as necessary as in January, we still recommend you plan on layers for February, especially if you come from a warm climate.
Another perk for February is the fact that February sees, on average, fewer than 3 inches of rain.
Much like January, the combination of cool temps, low humidity, and minimal rain helps make February a pleasant time to visit.
Yes, you can!
The good news is that the pools across the resort are heated. In addition, one of Disney’s 2 water parks is also typically open in February.
The beginning of the month might be a bit chilly, but guests from colder climates report that swimming in February isn’t bad at all, especially the further into the month you go.
If swimming is a must-do, and you are worried about the temps, your best bet is to give it a go during the middle of the day when the air temperatures are the highest.
Note: during especially cold stretches, Disney will close the pools and water parks.
When packing for Disney World in February, layers are your best bet.
The mornings and evenings may be chilly, but you may find that short sleeves will work just fine during the middle of the day.
We recommend you pack and wear things you can easily take off and put back on.
This is especially true if you’re planning to dine indoors.
Even when the temps outside are hot, the restaurants and even some attractions can be chilly, so plan accordingly if you’re the type of person that gets easily chilled.
Disney tends to save major refurbishments for times of the year when the crowds are the lowest, typically after the busy holiday season but before summer.
That means February will typically see many refurbishments.
During the colder months, Disney also typically closes Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (one at a time) for refurbishment.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in February.
Depending on the length of your trip, here’s how many days we recommend for each park:
When it comes time to decide which days are best for each park, here are some general things to keep in mind:
1. For each day of the month, we tell you on a scale of 1-10 how busy the entire Walt Disney World Resort is when compared to other days of the year.
2. Then, for each park, you’ll see the park hours and any special events that are planned.
3. We also track refurbishments and closings (which you can toggle on and off).
4. We have a handy feature that allows you to automatically add your Advanced Dining Reservation date to your calendar.
5. And, one of the most useful features is the ability to be able to print the calendar so that you can have a paper copy for planning (or to just use as a backup).
Official park hours are usually released around 75 days in advance.
The "crowd level" compares each day to the rest of the year; it indicates how crowded the entire WDW Resort area is on a scale of 1-10.
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