February 2014 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2014 AT DISNEY WORLD
Early February 2014 will see low crowds, low prices, and the prospect of ride closures.
The high crowds and prices of Presidents Day dominate the middle of the month, with rougher times beginning Thursday the 13th and continuing through Saturday the 22nd.
Crowds and prices diminish beginning the 23rd–though a massive convention in Orlando runs the 23rd through the 27th, promising to make hotel rooms scarce, and perhaps leading to some minor holdover crowds showing up in the parks beginning the afternoon of the 27th.
FEBRUARY 2014 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Earlier February is one of the least crowded times at Walt Disney World. The 13th through the 22nd–and especially the 16th on–is much more crowded, as many schools have the entire week of President’s Day off, and others have very long weekends beginning the 13th.
Crowds drop beginning the 23rd, but the 2014 HIMSS conference–with 35,000+ attendees–runs February 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center. As a result, the end of the week of the 22nd will be little busier than is typical for this time of the year.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 2/1 has a ranking of 1/lowest; the week beginning 2/8, a ranking of 4/low+ (much lower early in the week, high later in the week), 2/15 10/higher-plus, and 2/22 3/low–better Sunday to Wednesday, a little crowded Thursday and following.
FEBRUARY 2014 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February hotel prices begin the month at their lowest levels of the year.
Beginning February 13, they kick up to 50% higher at the values, 30% higher at the moderates, and 35% higher at the deluxes.
On February 23, they drop to 30% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 17% higher at the moderates, and 15% at the deluxes. Prices stay at this level until March 7.
FEBRUARY 2014 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for February 2014. Details are here.
FEBRUARY 2014 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February weather is cooler and variable. 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.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON FEBRUARY 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January and, to a lesser extent, early February are the most common periods for rides to be closed for refurbishment.
This makes these months 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?
FEBRUARY 2014 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:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2014 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2014 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
2/15/2014 Higher prices. Higher crowds. Crowd ranking=10 Week ranking=42. President’s Day weekend at beginning of week. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary, but check for earlier openings and added Extra Magic Hours, especially at the Magic Kingdom.
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