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:
February Crowds & Park Hours
Disney publishes its park hours about 78 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 78-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 that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.
For many Disney World visitors, 78 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 79-110 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.
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.
Disney World Crowd Calendar
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.
Guide to Disney World Discounts
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, well, art. This includes visual, culinary, and performing arts.
Overview of the International Festival of the Arts
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.
How to handle the weather at Disney World
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.
FAQ's about the Pools at Walt Disney World
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.
Ultimate Packing List for Walt Disney World
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 above
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 above 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.