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February 2016 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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February 2016 at Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netThis page reviews February 2016 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

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.


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.

See this for more on 2016 crowds at 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.


Deals are available for February 2016. Details are here.


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.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.


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?


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 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.

2016 Disney World Week Rankings from

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

2/13/2016  Prices higher.Higher crowds. Crowd ranking=10. Week ranking=41. Use the FastPass+ High Crowd Itinerary, but swap Tuesday and Wednesday.

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


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1 Emily { 07.17.15 at 3:22 pm }

Hi there — first, your site was infinitely helpful in planning our first trip to Disney 2 years ago so thank you thank you thank you! And now it’s time to go back! Pretty much because of school and work schedules the end of February is the only time we can go. We were planning on arriving on Sat. Feb 20, but I think i saw that the Princess half marathon will be on Sunday the 21st. We were planning on going to MK on that Sunday…will the race be completely disruptive in the park? Should we try to do something else that day?

Also, besides Animal Kingdom (which we did last time and kids LOVED!) which resorts have bunk beds? Kids are 11 yr old boy and 8 yr old girl and they hate sharing a bed now…


2 Dave { 07.18.15 at 3:35 pm }

Emily, I ‘m so glad to have helped! The marathon has little impact on the parks, so don’t let that be a concern.

Besides AK, you’ll find bunks at the Wilderness Lodge, at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, and at the Treehouse Villas.

In addition, many deluxes and a few moderate resorts offer a third sleeping spot, typically a daybed or murphy bed of some sort that functions as a couch in the daytime.

3 Emily { 07.18.15 at 9:52 pm }

Thanks! I’m eyeing wilderness lodge for this trip so good to know they have the bunk beds!

4 Emily { 07.24.15 at 2:27 pm }

Maybe I should move this to a different thread, but now i see Wilderness Lodge is going to start a refurbishment going through 2017. Curious now if the Polynesian is expected to be complete by 2/16 or if there will still be construction work going on? (And are bunk beds available there?)

5 Dave { 07.25.15 at 7:24 am }

Emily, if you get a courtyard view room at WL, the construction should not matter much.

No bunk beds at the Poly, but the rooms there do sleep 5–on two queens and a six foot long daybed. Poly construction in the East Pool area may continue into Feb–it’s not really clear, as the word is “early 2016.” Avoiding the east side longhouses Raratonga, Niue, Samoa, and south facing rooms in Hawaii should limit your exposure to it.

6 Roman { 08.30.15 at 6:46 pm }

Hi Dave, love your site. Well done. Especially all the metrics and data you collected and analyze. But also the forecast information. Nice idea. I do have a German speaking Florida Blog ( and wanted to know, if I can link to your great site and if I can put your forecast graph 2016 to my homepage? Of course, with a link to your site. Sure, can really recommend your site.

7 Dave { 08.31.15 at 7:43 am }

Roman, thanks, and sure. But a link to it here so I can make fine-tuning suggestions, OK??

8 Katie Williams { 09.18.15 at 2:50 am }

Hi! I have a guestion. On Feb. 12-15 there is going to be a gymnastic competion in Orlando ,Florida . Gumnastic World of Longview Texas has been invited to particpate. There will be 24 girls and parents and family. I was wondering is there any group rates and hotels to accomodate everybody plus we where planing to go to Disney World too. Most of the famlies are not wealthy so we the cheapest rates and packages available. This will be a lot of us first time visit. But the main thing will be the gymnastic competetion and life experience for the girls. I would be so grateful if you could help us out.

9 Dave { 09.19.15 at 1:04 pm }

Katie, I suggest you contact the travel agent I work with, Kelly B.

10 Jamie { 11.11.15 at 11:50 am }

Hi Dave, Thank you for this wonderful site to help make decisions. We are planning February 21st arriving and leaving March 1st. Our family always goes the second week of September. I must admit I am nervous about the crowd levels considering Septembers crowd levels. Could you give me a comparison of February 21st week to second week of September? Thank you so very much.

11 Dave { 11.12.15 at 10:28 am }

Jamie, it will be a little more crowded, but honestly not so much that you’ll even notice it, especially since you already know how to do WDW! Arrive well before open, use FP+ judiciously, and avoid parks on their EMH days, and you will be fine!

12 henry { 01.10.16 at 2:02 am }

We have 5 days at WDW beginning Feb 7. We are thinking about 2 days at Magic Kingdom, and 1 each at Hollywood Studios, 1 at Epcot and 1 at Animal Kingdom. What would you suggest for best days to hit each park? I was thinking days 1 and 5 at MK, and then be flexible with the rest.

13 Dave { 01.10.16 at 8:25 am }

Henry, because of the new FastPass+, you pay a large penalty for “being flexible.” See this.

2/7, avoid HS
2/8 avoid AK and MK
2/9 avoid Epcot
2/10 avoid MK
2/11 avoid EPcot

14 henry { 01.11.16 at 6:16 am }

wow, thanks, you are faast! armed with your suggestion and info, I am now thinking about using your revised itinerary, and make day 1 animal kingdom; day 2 Hollywood studios; day 3 magic kingdom; day 4 epcot; and day 5 magic kingdom. we plan on getting to each park at opening, using fastpass and staying as long as the kids can take it–hopefully to the end! any major holes to this basic plan?

15 Dave { 01.11.16 at 12:33 pm }

Henry, just to be clear, paper fastpasses are gone, and you need to book the new FastPass+ online ahead of time ASAP or you may be shut out entirely.

16 henry { 01.11.16 at 11:23 pm }

we’re on the fastpass+ online. what do you think about the days we have picked for each park? and why should magic kingdom be avoided on 2/8?

17 Dave { 01.13.16 at 7:22 am }

Henry, I like your days. Mondays are commonly crowded at MK

18 Donna { 01.14.16 at 11:54 pm }

I’m arriving Feb 21-27-16 , are you thinking long sleeves n jacket most of the time? Shorts are out of question?

19 Melissa Mecham { 01.19.16 at 1:43 pm }

Hi we are taking a trip arriving Feb10 doing parks the 11, 12, 13, 14,15 and leaving the 16 through the make a wish foundation. I know that we will be given the wishes passes from Give Kids the World and that we are doing Magic Kingdom on Thursday. Do you have any advice for special kiddos? Wish the wishes passes I think its like the fast pass but we can use the handicap accesible entrance???? Any info would be super

20 Dave { 01.19.16 at 6:03 pm }

Melissa, I’m sorry but I have no info on how Make a Wish operates in the parks…I did find this, but don’t know how up to date it is

21 Jordan { 01.22.16 at 7:55 am }

Hi! going on a Disney Trip through our Marching Band February 9-13 how will the weather itself be like? Also, what is the best way to get autographs from the Disney Princesses without waiting in such long lines?

22 Dave { 01.22.16 at 8:16 am }

Jordan, can’t predict specific weather so far ahead, but see this for general February patterns.

The best way to see the princesses without a long wait is to use FastPass+–which you need to use for other rides as well. See this.

23 Christy { 02.02.16 at 5:30 pm }

Hi Dave, I saw in your comental to avoid MK on 2/8 2016? My family and I were planning on going that day.

24 Dave { 02.03.16 at 5:33 pm }

Christy, Mondays are commonly crowded at MK.

25 Amanda { 02.09.16 at 9:04 am }

Hi! I am planning on taking my 6 year old on a quick 3 day trip to Disney tomorrow Feb 10th. We have annual passes and are Fl residents. My question is what is the best Disney property to stay at during this time of year? Heated pools, hot tubs cool hotel extras?? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Amanda

26 Dave { 02.10.16 at 4:25 pm }

Amanda, I did a quick check and found many resorts available for a two night stay. Prices are all over the place, but you dill find hot tubs only at the mid-priced and more expensive options. With the cooler weather, it’d be nice to be mostly inside, so if you budget permits, a Contemporary Tower room would be my advice.

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