February 2013 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
FEBRUARY 2013 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Early February is one of the least crowded periods of the year at Walt Disney World. Crowds begin building the Thursday before Presidents’ Day, and are at very high levels the entire week of Presidents’ Day. The week after, crowds drop back to very low levels.
FEBRUARY 2013 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February prices begin as low as they are all year, but increase to very high levels on 2/14–from 30 to 55% higher than the lowest of the year. On February 24 they moderate a bit, to 16-30% higher than the lowest of the year.
FEBRUARY 2013 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
You can find deals for February 2013 here.
FEBRUARY 2013 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February weather begins cooler and variable. Typical temperatures warm up over the course of the month, but the variability remains.
Cold, rainy days—not uncommon—are great for first time visitors, as they reduce the crowds in the parks and make the rides easier to see with low waits.
Returning visitors looking for good days to lounge around the pool should not count on many.
Tornadoes can be an issue during this period. See this for more.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
(When open, click again to enlarge.)
FEBRUARY 2013 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
The calendars can be tricky to use–see this for hints on how to work with Walt Disney World’s online calendars.
OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON FEBRUARY 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Early February is one of the most common periods for rides to be closed for refurbishment.
This makes the first half of this month less good for first time visitors who do not know if they will return—why go when the chances of missing something great are high?
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2013 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
Click the image for a calendar view of 2013 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
1/26/2013 Lowest prices and crowds of the year. Crowd ranking=1. Weather remains cooler and variable. Routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance. Week ranking=47. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
2/9/2013 Prices and crowds begin very low, then build mid-week for President’s Day. Crowd ranking=3. Weather remains cooler and variable. Most routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance end late this week. Week ranking=51. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
2/23/2103 Prices drop a bit, and crowds drop substantially, compared to prior week. Crowd ranking=2. Best 2013 Spring Break week at Disney World. Weather remains cooler and variable. Week ranking=10. Recommended Week. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, see this
- For the next best dates, see this
- For the best and worst times to visit, see this
- For forecasting crowds at Walt Disney World, see this
- For seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World, see this
- For weather at Walt Disney World, see this
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