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February 2020 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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WHAT IS FEBRUARY LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD?

Early February 2020 will have some of the lowest crowds and prices of the year, but also the risk of ride closures.

The very end of the month brings slightly higher prices and crowds, but better weather and few closures.

In between–in 2020 the period from Thursday the 13th of February through Saturday the 22nd–we will see high crowds and high prices.

FEBRUARY 2020 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, 2020 Disney World February crowds will be high from Thursday the 13th through Saturday the 22nd

Crowds will settle down after the 22nd to low+ levels.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 2/1 has a ranking of 1/lowest, 2/8 6/moderate (lower at the beginning of the week, higher later), 2/15 8 high-minus (worse earlier in the week, better later)  and 2/22 4/low+.

See this for more on 2020 crowds at Disney World.

FEBRUARY 2020 RESORT HOTEL PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Hotel prices begin February 2020 at their lowest levels of the year, go 2/13 up for Presidents day, then go to moderate levels on 2/23

  • Resort prices begin the month at their lowest levels of the year.
  • Prices go up for the long Presidents day period beginning 2/13, to 40-55% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 30% higher at the moderates, and 30-50% higher at the deluxes (prices are a bit lower 2/17—2/19).
  • On 2/23, prices drop to 25-30% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 15-20% higher at the moderates, and 20-25% higher at the deluxes, staying at this level into early March.

See this for more on 2020 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

FEBRUARY 2020 TICKET PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

February 2020 Disney World ticket prices have mixed patterns in February 2020, but are generally low early in the month, average to high in the middle, and a mix of average and low later in the month.

See the image–where green is good, and lots of green particularly good, and red is bad, and lots of red is particularly bad.

For more, see my Disney World 2020 ticket price calendar.

FEBRUARY 2020 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals for the general public are available for February 2020. You can find them here.

FEBRUARY 2020 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 2020

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will continue through February 24. It will add to World Showcase crowds in Epcot, especially on the weekends.

FEBRUARY 2020 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 this link.

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2020 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from my 2020 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

2/1/2020 Lowest prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=48. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

2/8/2020 Low to moderate prices. Moderate crowds, better early in the week, worse late. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=53. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

2/15/2020 High prices. High-minus crowds, worse early in the week, a little better later. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=40. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

2/22/2020 Moderate prices. Low+ crowds, worse early in the week, better later. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=10. Recommended Week. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary

 

 

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8 comments

1 Amy { 09.03.19 at 10:08 am }

Hi Dave, I see that you’re recommending the week of 2/22 even though Mardi Gras falls in the middle of that week. I thought Mardi Gras typically brings crowds from the gulf coast vacationers that week? Is there something different going on with their time off this year?
Thanks so much!

2 Dave { 09.04.19 at 8:12 am }

Hi Amy, so few people have Mardi Gras off–and those for so short a time–that it does not have much of an effect of Disney World. See this for the numbers, where the chart below comes from (2/25 is marked in red)

3 Amy { 09.05.19 at 10:54 am }

Awesome, thanks so much for that chart. I love your site and appreciate your response!

4 Dave { 09.08.19 at 8:56 am }

🙂 Amy

5 Jim F { 11.07.19 at 6:46 pm }

Why is the week of 2/1/2020 ranked so low (48th worst out of 52) if the crowds are so low? Is that because the weather isn’t as nice or because of the potential for ride closures? Thank you.

6 Dave { 11.09.19 at 11:32 am }

Hey Jim, my week rankings are for first time visitors who may never return, so they heavily weight possible ride closures.

7 Jim F { 11.09.19 at 9:48 pm }

Ok. Thank you for that explanation. I really like the information that you have here Dave. Thank you!

8 Dave { 11.10.19 at 8:58 am }

Great, Jim!!

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