After the holidays have finally calmed down and you're ready for another winter getaway from work or school, what better place to hop than sunny Orlando? Walt Disney World in February has fun events and pretty great weather. January and February provide some of the slowest times of the year in the theme parks since we're between school breaks and holidays.
While February is no longer considered a "dead" time at Disney (spoiler alert: there is no real dead time at Disney), minus the week of Presidents Day, crowd levels are generally low to average compared to the rest of the year. While you might not expect it, February is a toadally awesome time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth!
Overview of Walt Disney World in February
While February is officially the month of love, the parks are fairly low-key about Valentine's Day. But take a tip from us frogs: You can create romance at Disney World in February or any other time with our romantic ideas. Keep an eye out on Disney World's social media accounts around Valentine's Day, as special photo-ops (and toadally adorable treats) are announced. In recent years, Cinderella's carriage has been on display in Magic Kingdom for cute couple photo-ops, and sometimes you can catch a prince or two hanging around with the princesses — a rare treat!
Crowds at Walt Disney World in February
As far as crowds go, Valentine's Day itself has no appreciable impact on traffic. But the parks do see elevated crowds because of Presidents Day, which is Feb. 21, 2022. Many people book their vacation around the federal holiday, boosting crowds in the park. For those of you visiting during this time, take advantage of our Orlando planning app for iPhone and make sure you get to the park before opening to take advantage of the lowest crowds! Check the crowd calendar to see recommended days for the whole month (and beyond). Also, be sure to book your Disney Park Pass reservations! For more information about crowds in 2022, hop over to our full post.
New Offerings and Returning Entertainment in February
It's a great time to visit Disney World as the resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary! There are lots of exciting EARidescent offerings, the new Remy's Ratatouille Adventure ride and two new nighttime spectaculars to enjoy at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Disney World has been slowly returning to "normal," and we're so excited for more confirmed entertainment to return in 2022 — many of which are back in February!
The new Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade debuts Feb. 11, 2022. You'll be able to see nearly 30 characters from Disney and Pixar, and even some rare ones including Moana, Nick and Judy from "Zootopia," Baloo and King Louie from "The Jungle Book," Marie from "The Aristocats" and even Miguel from "Coco"!
Mickey's Magical Friendship Faire will return to the castle stage Feb. 25. The show will feature scenes from the previous iteration along with a new opening and finale inspired by the 50th anniversary!
The epic return of the frog-favorite Festival of Fantasy parade is set for March 9! While we have loved the variety of the cavalcades, it will be great to see such a grand production back at Magic Kingdom. You'll get the best of both worlds, as Disney has confirmed the parade will be scheduled along with the cavalcades, so there will be many chances to see your favorite characters!
Sometime in 2022, we can look forward to the return of "Finding Nemo: The Musical" back at Animal Kingdom. The reimagined version will include classics from the original show as well as new stories incorporating characters from "Finding Dory." Later in the year, Hollywood Studios will see the much-anticipated return of Fantasmic with an all-new sequence!
Closings and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World in February
Many of the water rides see seasonal refurbishments in the month of February. Typically, one of the water parks will close, so Typhoon Lagoon is currently open to provide some cool water fun while Blizzard Beach is closed for refurbishment. Keep in mind though that water parks will close on days with lower temperatures.
At Walt Disney World, many rides will undergo regular maintenance around this time of year, while others have not reopened yet. Here are the current closures for February:
- Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain (Jan. 10 - Feb. 10, 2022), Big Thunder Mountain (Feb. 14 - 18, 2022), Enchanted Tales with Belle, The Walt Disney World Railroad (TBD, closed due to the Tron coaster construction)
- Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest (Jan. 4 to mid-April 2022)
- Hollywood Studios: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Star Wars: Launch Bay, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.
Weather at Walt Disney World in February
In February, temperatures are on the rise, with an average high of 74 and a low of 53. There will be sunny days, so don't froget the swimsuits to take a dip (or cannonball!) in those heated pools! You will still need a jacket for the evenings and chilly mornings.
Events at Walt Disney World in February
Be sure to check out the special events page for Disney World to find out the full details!
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend — Feb. 24 - Feb. 27, 2022
- EPCOT International Festival of the Arts — Jan. 14 - Feb. 21, 2022. This one has quickly become the Frog Family's favorite EPCOT festival (say that five times fast!).
Are you planning to visit Walt Disney World in February? Share any questions you have in the comments below! You'll find more resources to help you plan your Disney World vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Guide.