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February 2019 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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…

See this for more on 2019 crowds at Disney World.

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.

See this for more on 2019 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

FEBRUARY 2019 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

As I post this, deals for the general public are not available for February 2019. If they come out, you’ll be able to 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.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution 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. Returning visitors, and first-timers on an introductory trip, can find much success later in the moth.

Click the image for a calendar view of 2019 weeks.

1/25/2019 Lowest prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=48. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

2/2/2019 Lowest prices. Lower crowds. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=49. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

2/9/2019 Moderate- prices. Moderate- crowds. Crowd ranking=5. Both crowds and prices are better earlier in the week, worse later. Week ranking=53. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

2/16/2019 Higher prices. High- crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=38. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary, but watch out for earlier opens and added morning Extra Magic Hours

2/23/2019 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Both crowds and prices are worse earlier in the week, better later. Week ranking=10. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

 

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7 comments

1 Eric { 10.04.18 at 11:22 am }

Hi Dave, for dates Feb 10 – Feb 14, can you break down which parks to avoid on which days? Likely not attending Animal Kingdom during this trip. (For a friend, not me!!!)

2 Dave { 10.04.18 at 11:51 am }

Hey Eric–

Feb 10 avoid HS
Feb 11 avoid AK
Feb 12 avoid Epcot
Feb 13 avoid MK
Feb 14 avoid Epcot

3 Eric { 10.05.18 at 10:02 am }

Thanks, Dave!

4 Eric { 10.10.18 at 2:52 pm }

Sorry Dave, one more quick Q on this. On Feb 11 (Monday), Epcot has its’ Art Festival. Should that be avoided as well? (Similar to F&W). It’s their first visit with their 4yo daughter. With the short stay, I suggested HS on the 11th and Epcot on the 13th, which is their last day. The concern is that Epcot might be a little bit of a let down for the final day. Does the festival have enough impact to avoid?

5 Dave { 10.11.18 at 11:11 am }

Eric, the Festival of the Arts on Disney’s web page on it goes through Feb 25, which is different than what the calendar website shows. I think the website is wrong.

6 Brittany { 10.11.18 at 9:59 am }

We have a trip planned February 4-9. With the new pricing coming out next week, do you recommend getting tix now or waiting to see if the prices are lower next week since it’s a value time to go?

Thanks!!!

7 Dave { 10.11.18 at 11:38 am }

Brittany, no one knows how tickets will be priced, nor what the actual seasons will be. That said, if I were you, I would buy my tix now.

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