February Tips for Walt Disney World

February 2014 at Disney World from @WDWPrepSchool

February at Disney World can best be characterized as a time with mild temps, relatively light crowds and lots of refurbishments.Except for President’s Day weekend, Disney World in February is mostly low crowds and low prices. However, going during a time when there’s less people visiting comes with a negative side: Disney likes to take that opportunity to do several refurbishments so people traveling in February will likely miss out on a few attractions.Some tips for traveling in February:

  • Although most people think low crowds = less planning, 1 thing that is more important to plan during lower crowds is figuring out the best park for each day of your trip. During busy times, the crowds are spread more evenly across the parks since nighttime entertainment is offered nightly. When traveling in February, you should pay special attention to the best/worst parks chart (linked in the upper right of this page) to avoid the busiest crowds.
  • Most people visiting Disney World can pack summer clothes since it’s usually hot but it can be quite cool in February. I suggest planning to wear layers. Start the day with a jacket and/or long sleeves and then remove layers as the temperatures warm up. Some people do swim in February, but not too many.

Refurbishments/closures scheduled for February

Scheduled for refurbishment Location Dates to be closed
Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 1/6/2014 – 3/21/2014
Casey’s Corner (Quick Service restaurant) Magic Kingdom 1/6/2014 – 2/15/2014
Studio Backlot Tour Hollywood Studios 1/5/2014 – 3/1/2014
Blizzard Beach Water Park 12/22/2014 – 3/16/2014
Pinnochio Village Haus (Quick Service restaurant) Magic Kingdom 2/27/2014 – 3/30/2014
Plaza Restaurant (Table Service restaurant) Magic Kingdom 2/17/2014 – 3/15/2014
Tomorrowland Transit Authority (PeopleMover) Magic Kingdom 2/10/2014 – 3/27/2014
Barnstormer Magic Kingdom 2/3/2014 – 2/5/2014

Trip checklist

July or earlier: book your hotel, make your daily plans and choose dining options
August or early September: (180 days before your trip begins – use chart on right side to see the exact date): make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. Eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern)
October – December: book flights (tips on finding best flights)
December or early January (60 days before your trip begins): check in online and make FastPass+ reservations
January or earlier: set up Magical Express, purchase PhotoPass+ and order groceries
February: pack (packing list to help you) and go to Disney World!
March: finalize PhotoPass pics and order within 45 days after your trip