We love February at Walt Disney World. Presidents' Day weekend can be busy, but the rest of the month is typically low crowds and cool temps (2 of our favorite things to have when visiting!).
Here's what you need to know:
How our Crowd Calendars Work
Ready to dive in? Jump down to the February Crowd Calendar
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).
What order should you visit the parks?
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:
- Hollywood Studios is consistently the first park to reach capacity, primarily because of popular attractions like Rise of the Resistance and Slinky Dog Dash.
- Magic Kingdom is the most popular park overall. It is also the park most first-time visitors think of when they think "Disney World". Saturdays are the busiest, with mid-week typically the least busy.
- Epcot hosts nearly year-round festivals, and those festivals are popular with both out-of-state visitors as well as with locals. And, since a lot of what the festivals are famous for are alcohol and food, the areas around the Festival Booths can be a lot busier (and a bit rowdier) than what you'd find during the daytime hours on the weekdays. If that isn't the vibe you are looking for, you may want to skip Epcot during the nighttime on Friday and Saturdays.
- Even with the new Park Pass system, Animal Kingdom remains one of the "easiest" parks to fit into a trip. You should be able to plug it in wherever it makes the most sense for you.
We go into a lot more detail in our guide on The Best Days to Visit Each Park.
Planning for Disney World in February
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.
- Guide to Magic Kingdom Park Hours
- Guide to Epcot Park Hours
- Guide to Hollywood Studios Park Hours
- Guide to Animal Kingdom Park Hours
PRICES AND DISCOUNTS
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.
Festival of the Arts
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.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Walt Disney World is celebrating 50 years!
Extending all the way from October 1, 2021 until April 1, 2023, this celebration will offer guests the opportunities for new experiences, entertainment, and of course merchandise and treats.
If you prefer cooler temperatures and low humidity, February is the month for you.
But even though the temps range from lows in the 50s to 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.
CAN YOU SWIM IN FEBRUARY?
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.
WHAT TO WEAR
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.
REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSURES
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.
We keep track of those on the calendar below.
To see what will be closed on your trip, toggle the "attractions closings" tab.
During the colder months, Disney also typically closes Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (one at a time) for refurbishment.
These scheduled closings typically take place between the end of October and mid-March.
Make sure you check the calendar below to see what park will be open during your visit.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in February.
TIPS FOR DISNEY WORLD IN FEBRUARY
- Layers, layers, layers. The weather can fluctuate greatly, so make sure you pack things you can take off and put on easily.
- Keep checking for discounts. February is a popular month for them. And if you are flexible in your resort choice, you may be able to save a nice amount of money.
- Be prepared for some closures. It is pretty typical for attractions like Splash Mountain to be down for routine maintenance in February.
- The Presidents' Day holiday is a historically busy time of the year at Walt Disney World. In addition, if Mardi Gras falls in February, that too can be busier-than-normal. Avoid them if you can.