February 2016 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2016 AT DISNEY WORLD
Early February 2016 will have some of the lowest crowds and prices of the year, but also the risk of ride closures.
The end of the month brings slightly higher prices and crowds, but better weather and few closures.
In between–the period from Thursday the 11th through Sunday the 21st–we will see high crowds and high prices.
FEBRUARY 2016 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Earlier February is among the lowest crowd periods of the year.
From a combination of a dance competition, President’s Day (many northeastern school weeks have the whole week off), and a running event, crowds will be high from Thursday the 11th through Sunday the 21st.
Crowds will settle down after the 21st to low levels until the spring break crowds begin March 5.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 1/30 has a ranking of 1/lowest; the week beginning 2/6, a ranking of 5/moderate minus (lower earlier in the week, higher later); 2/13 10/higher; 2/20 4/low-plus.
FEBRUARY 2016 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February hotel prices begin the month at their lowest levels of the year.
On 2/7 they increase to 25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and 20% higher at the deluxes and moderates.
On 2/11 they increase to 45% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 25% higher at the moderates, and 30% higher at the deluxes.
On 2/22 they drop to 25% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, and 20% higher at the deluxes and moderates.
See this for more on 2016 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
FEBRUARY 2016 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for February 2016. Details are here.
FEBRUARY 2016 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February weather is cooler and variable.
Typical temperatures warm up over the course of the month, but variability remains high.
Cold or 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.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON FEBRUARY 2016 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 the early part of February 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 2016 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 2016 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2016 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 2016 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
1/30/2016 Lowest prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=49. Ride closures likely. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary, but swap First Sunday and Wednesday. Alternatively, use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary
2/6/2016 Moderate prices. Moderate-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=53. Ride closures likely. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary, but swap First Sunday and Wednesday. Alternatively, use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary
2/20/2016 Moderate prices lower. Low-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=14. Recommended week. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary, but swap First Sunday and Wednesday. Alternatively, use the 2016 FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, 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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