February 2017 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD
Early February 2017 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–in 2017, the period from Thursday the 16th through Saturday the 25th–we will see high crowds and high prices.
FEBRUARY 2017 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 16th through Saturday the 25th.
Crowds will settle down after the 25th to low levels until the spring break crowds begin March 11.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 1/28 has a ranking of 2/lower, 2/4 1/lowest, 2/11 5/moderate (lower at the beginning of the week, higher later), 2/18 10 higher, and 2/25 4/low+.
FEBRUARY 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February hotel prices begin the month at their lowest levels of the year.
On 2/16 prices increase to 20% to 45% higher than the lowest of the year.
On 2/26, prices decrease to 15% to 25% higher than the lowest of the year.
See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
FEBRUARY 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Currently, no deals are available for January 2017. I expect them to come out later, and you’ll be able to find them here.
FEBRUARY 2017 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 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January and, to a lesser extent, the first part of February are the most common periods for rides to be closed for refurbishment.
This makes these dates 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 2017 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 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2017 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 2017 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
2/11/2017 Moderate prices. Moderate crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Both crowds and prices begin low, increase later in the week. Week ranking=51. Ride closures likely. Use the FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary