February 2013 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews February 2013 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, operating hours, adds a few other notes, and ends with week by week summaries.

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.

See this for more on 2013 crowds at Disney World.

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.

See this for more on 2013 prices at Walt Disney World.

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

2/2/2012 Lowest prices and crowds of the year. Crowd ranking=1. Routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance. Week ranking=46. 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

2/16/2013 Prices and crowds high all week because of President’s Day. Crowd ranking=10. Weather remains cooler and variable. Week ranking=41. 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

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34 comments

1 Beth D. { 07.30.12 at 7:43 am }

We’ll be there February 23 and I can’t wait! Looks like we picked a good week and even better, it lands on the kids’ school vacation! That rarely happens.

2 Dave { 07.30.12 at 8:44 am }

Beth, that’s great!

3 Lily { 07.31.12 at 12:02 am }

Beth, it’s funny how all the vacation dates seem to be so different this year!

4 Tom { 08.01.12 at 9:19 am }

As I was mentioning on another entry, please be aware of cold temperatures. I was in Orlando this year and in early February I had two days with temperatures around 35-40F and warm clothing in Orlando is something you cannot find that much.
Can’t wait to be there again next year again!

5 Dave { 08.01.12 at 12:32 pm }

Thanks Tom!

6 Lily { 08.03.12 at 11:11 pm }

A good tip is to always take a sweatshirt with you, just in case. Colder weather can be great as long as you are dressed appropriately!

7 Elizabeth { 08.07.12 at 12:56 pm }

Do you know where the bus stop for the Art of Animation will be oustide of Magic Kingdom & Epcot? I know Pop Century is always one of the furthest, I will have a baby with me when I go again and am just wondering if it will be a long walk from the bus stop to the entrance. Thanks!

8 Dave { 08.07.12 at 1:21 pm }

Elizabeth, I’ve been to both but don’t recall exactly where they were…I don’t think they were way at the end…

9 Elizabeth { 08.07.12 at 3:17 pm }

Thanks!

10 Paul { 08.11.12 at 9:45 pm }

We are considering a trip the last week of February, but how can we find out what rides and attractions will be closed. Don’t want to make a trip if a ride the kids really want to go to is closed. Thanks!

11 Dave { 08.12.12 at 8:13 am }

Hi Paul, unless a ride is in the middle of a multi-month renovation (which Splash Mountain might be) not much will be closed then. There’s a coupla ways to keep up with closures, of which the simplest is to check the list that comes out every week on Mouseplanet–see for example this: http://www.mouseplanet.com/10077/Walt_Disney_World_Resort_Update#Rehabs

12 Anonymous { 08.22.12 at 3:09 pm }

We will be there on 4-10th. :-)

13 Dave { 08.22.12 at 3:30 pm }

:)

14 Jennifer { 11.20.12 at 10:17 am }

I’m thinking of planning a trip to Disney World for Feb 9-15 (Mardi Gras week for us here in LA). Looks like a few rides might be closed, might be a little chilly, and might get busy towards the end of our stay, but otherwise, looks like a great time to go. Why is that week ranked so low (#51)?

15 Dave { 11.20.12 at 10:57 am }

Hi Jennifer! The week rankings are explained on this page: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/09/19/2013-weeks-to-visit-walt-disney-world-ranked-in-order/ Words you’ll find there include:

“The ranking is designed for first time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

For visitors on a return trip, less concerned about ride closures, the later January and early February weeks would be ranked much higher–with the Marathon and Martin Luther King Day weeks being the worst of these.”

16 Jennifer { 11.20.12 at 11:05 am }

This will be our 3rd trip in about 6 years, so I’m no too worried about missing a few rides. Last trip was May 22 of 2010, and we didn’t enjoy it near as much as when we went in Feb. It was so hot and way more crowded. I’ll take a few ride closures over sweating and waiting in line all day anytime! Thanks for all the info on this amazing website!

17 Dave { 11.20.12 at 12:09 pm }

Jennifer thanks for the kind words about the site! And in your circumstances, that’s a great time to go!

18 Ginette { 12.27.12 at 7:30 am }

We’re planning to go to Epcot on our arrival at Disney and stay for Illuminations. We also have reservations at Akershus. We get in on feb 22 at 11 at the airport and staying at POR. I recently read the following :
The Pasta in the Park Party at the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend features:
Buffet pasta dinner and dessert at the World Showplace Pavilion inside Epcot®.
Also there is reserved seating for Illuminations.

Will this affect or limit our time at Epcot ?

19 Dave { 12.27.12 at 9:35 am }

Ginette, the marathon will make Epcot a little more crowded than it would otherwise be that day, but since you have your meal reservations, it shouldn’t much matter!

20 Josh { 12.28.12 at 8:25 am }

In years past they have heavily discounted the Florida resident ticketing – 4 days for 99.00, 3 days for 120.00, etc… Do you know if they will do this in the new year (2013)? Thank you!

21 Dave { 12.28.12 at 2:50 pm }

Hi Josh! I don’t closely track the FL discounts–and don’t have any inside information as to their plans!–but unless the economy takes a sudden turn what I’d expect based on everything else WDW is doing is for the discount to be offered, but for it to be less valuable than 2012′s version…

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22 Lynne { 01.03.13 at 3:10 pm }

We also get in on the 22nd. How else will marathon activities effect our plans? We have reservations at the Contemporary. I also see California Grill is closed. Would you change to Poly?

23 Dave { 01.03.13 at 3:18 pm }

Hi Lynne! The half marathon will crowd the parks a bit more than they already are from the President’s Day crowds, but not a whole lot more than the already high levels the 22nd and 23rd. (The rest of February will be fine!)

It’s hard to advise on swapping out of the Contemporary without knowing why you chose it! It has great convenience to MK, but lower kid appeal…

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24 Rob { 01.25.13 at 2:34 pm }

Hi Dave. I’m looking to take my family during the crowd drop at the end of February (2013). Should I be going from 2/17 to 2/23 or from 2/23 to 3/1?

25 Dave { 01.26.13 at 8:06 am }

Hey Rob, you want to avoid President’s Day week through Saturday the 23rd…so pick your later dates!

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26 Rebecca { 01.27.13 at 6:03 pm }

Hi, we are going to Magic Kingdom Feb. 13. We made character dining reservations for dinner at the Crystal Palace for 7:45 pm that night. (We wanted to do “princesses” but there were no openings except for one for breakfast at Cinderella’s table but they couldn’t guarantee a party of 3 to sit together). Regardless, I didn’t realize until now that this reservation will interfere with seeing the fireworks. Do you have any recommendations as to what we should do? Thanks.

27 Dave { 01.28.13 at 5:40 am }

Hi Rebecca, the fireworks are MUCH better than Crystal Palace…so if this is your only Magic Kingdom evening, then I’d cancel the reservation. See http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/10/05/review-wishes-at-the-magic-kingdom/

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28 Jeanne { 02.05.13 at 10:43 pm }

Thanks for all your great advice. How difficult is it to get kids signed up for the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios. I just know they will love this and would hate for it to get sold out.

29 Dave { 02.06.13 at 7:13 am }

Hi Jeanne and thanks! It can be hard, and so should be the first place you go after the turnstiles open!

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30 Claire E { 02.07.13 at 7:28 am }

we are arriving 8th Feb -22nd any recoomendations on what parks to do in order due to crowds? we have park tickets bought including discovery cove 18th feb sea world etc

31 Claire E { 02.07.13 at 7:30 am }

where are the fireworks and what time are they??

32 Dave { 02.07.13 at 7:53 am }

Hi Claire! For your trip, the key will be to see as much as you can before the 14th, and especially befroe the 16th, as the President’s Day crowds begin to pour in then.

The non-Disney parks are best over the weekends, and the Disney parks on weekdays. Avoid the Disney parks on days they have morning extra magic hours.

For the fireworks shows and their times, including links to Disney’s calendars, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/10/26/fireworks-at-walt-disney-world/

Hope this helps and have a great trip!

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33 Jeanne { 02.19.13 at 5:05 pm }

Going to Disney for the first time on feb 25th through march 1st. Sooo excited, but worried..forecast looks like it will rain every day while we are there. Can we sill go to the parks?

34 Dave { 02.20.13 at 7:06 am }

Hi Jeanne, yes the parks stay open in the rain–it rains almost every afternoon in the summer!

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