By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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February 2018 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2018 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews February 2018 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 2018 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 2018, the period from Thursday the 15th through Saturday the 24th–we will see high crowds and high prices.

FEBRUARY 2018 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 15th through Saturday the 24th.

Crowds will settle down after the 24th to low levels until the spring break crowds begin March 10.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 1/27 has a ranking of 2/lower, 2/3 1/lowest, 2/10 5/moderate (lower at the beginning of the week, higher later), 2/17 9 high-minus (worse earlier in the week, better later)  and 2/24 4/low+.

See this for more on 2018 crowds at Disney World.

FEBRUARY 2018 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

February hotel prices begin the month at the lowest level of the year.

They increase on February 11, 2018 to 15-25% higher than the lowest of the year.  On 2/15, they increase again, to 20-40% higher.

On 2/25 they return to 15-25% higher than the lowest of the year, and stay at the level into early March.

See this for more on 2018 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

FEBRUARY 2018 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

As I write this, no deals are available for February 2018. As they come out, you’ll be able to find them here.

FEBRUARY 2018 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.

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

DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN FEBRUARY 2018

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return, likely continuing through President’s Day weekend. It will add to World Showcase crowds in Epcot on the weekends.

OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON FEBRUARY 2018 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

January and, to a lesser extent, 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 2018 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. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2018 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2018 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 2018 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)

12/30/2017  Moderate to high prices.  High- crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=39. Marathon at end of week. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary but 1. swap First Sunday and Monday, and 2. keep your eye out for earlier openings and additional morning Extra Magic Hours

1/27/2018  Lowest prices. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=50. Ride closures likely. Pro Bowl at beginning of week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

2/3/2018  Lowest prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=48. Ride closures possible. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

2/10/2018  Moderate prices. Moderate-minus crowds, heaviest at end of week. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=49. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

2/17/2018  High prices. High-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=8, heaviest in first half of week. Week ranking=41. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

2/24/2018  Moderate prices. Low-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=13. Recommended Week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

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