WHAT IS FEBRUARY LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?
Early February 2019 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 2019, the period from Thursday the 14th through Saturday the 23rd–we will see high crowds and high prices.
FEBRUARY 2019 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Earlier February typically 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, 2019 Disney World crowds will be high from Thursday the 14th through Saturday the 23rd
Crowds will settle down after the 23rd to low+ levels.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 1/26 has a ranking of 1/lowest, 2/2 2/lower, 2/9 5/moderate- (lower at the beginning of the week, higher later), 2/16 8 high-minus (worse earlier in the week, better later) and 2/23 4/low+.
Late January and early February 2018 saw surprising wait levels, much higher than anyone–including me–had forecast. The general sense is that these were because of operational choices Disney made that it has learned from and will not repeat–but frankly, I can’t be sure of that until it happens…
FEBRUARY 2019 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Disney hotel prices begin the month as low as they get all year.
On Thursday February 14 they kick up to 35-65% higher than the lowest of the year for the President’s Day weekend, dropping a bit (but not much) to Peka season levels on 2/18.
On 2/24 prices drop to regular season levels–20-30% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 20% higher at the moderates, and 20-25% higher at the deluxes, and stay at that level into early March.
FEBRUARY 2019 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals for the general public are available for February 2019. Find them here.
FEBRUARY 2019 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
February Disney World 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.
DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN FEBRUARY 2019
The The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will continue through February 25. Part will be open seven days a week, but some entertainment will be focused on Fridays-Mondays. It will add to World Showcase crowds in Epcot, especially on the weekends.
FEBRUARY 2019 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. Opening hours may change to 8a.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available about 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 2019 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from my 2019 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 2019 weeks.