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Visiting Disneyland in February 2023

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Disneyland in February will see fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. But this year… it will be truly special as Disney100 begins on January 27th… an epic celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Big festivities are coming to the Disneyland Resort including the opening of Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway, the debut of new nighttime spectaculars, the return of the Magic Happens parade, and so much more. And if that wasn’t enough, Disney After Dark returns with a Sweethearts’ Night theme on select nights in February!

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2023? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the reopening of Mickey’s Toontown, the Disney100 Celebration, and more!


 

February At-a-Glance

  • February is one of the rainiest months of the year, so prepare accordingly. While Disneyland typically won’t close due to rain, it can mean a ride closure or two for attractions with outdoor tracks. Another thing to keep in mind is that a rainy day will mean fewer crowds. So if you’re willing to brave the rain, you may find shorter lines throughout the parks!
  • February is considered to be the “off-season” at Disneyland. This means fewer crowds overall. Weekends can still be busy with locals, but weekdays in February should be quite pleasant in terms of crowds.
  • Park hours will be shorter in February, and ride refurbishments are common. Since crowds are fewer, be prepared for shortened park hours and a few ride closures. Water rides almost always close for yearly maintenance around this time of year as the temperatures cool off.
  • Disney100 will be kicking off on January 27, 2023. This celebration includes the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as well as the debut of brand new nighttime spectaculars and the return of the Magic Happens parade.

 

February Events

Cozy Cone Motel in Radiator Springs | magicintheplanning.comLunar New Year will begin on January 20 at Disney’s California Adventure. Festivities include music, shows, activities, and Asian-themed dining.

Disney100 is taking place all year long in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Kicking off on January 27, festivities include a brand-new World of Color and fireworks show along with the Magic Happens parade.

Valentine’s Day will bring seasonal dining, treats, and decor to the parks. This year’s festivities also include Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, a park-wide scavenger hunt!

Disney After Dark: Sweethearts’ Night is a ticketed event that will take place on February 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, and 16. Festivities begin with a 3-hour pre-party mix-in from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Disneyland Park, followed by a private party from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Parties will feature your favorite Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions will also be open after hours for the party!

 

February Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for February 2023. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • “it’s a small world” will be closed from January 9-19, 2023 to remove its holiday overlay
  • Haunted Mansion will be closing on January 30 to remove its holiday overlay (likely to reopen in mid-February 2023)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru spring 2023
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will be closed January 9-25, 2023
  • Disney Gallery will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru January 25, 2023
  • Wondrous Journeys, a new nighttime spectacular, will be debuting on January 27, 2023
  • Magic Happens parade will be returning on February 24, 2023
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse is currently closed and will be receiving new theming as Adventureland Treehouse (likely to open in 2023)
  • Mickey’s Toontown will be closed from March 9, 2022, through March 8, 2023, for a MAJOR refurbishment and includes the closures of the following attractions:
    • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse (permanently closed)
    • Donald’s Boat – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Chip ‘n Dale’s GADGETcoaster – Opens March 8, 2023
    • Goofy’s Playhouse – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Minnie’s House – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – Reopens March 8, 2023
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be opening in Mickey’s Toontown on January 27, 2023
  • Splash Mountain will be closing at some point in 2023 for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Temporarily suspended: Star Wars Launch Bay, Mickey and the Magical Map

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  • Grizzly River Run will be closed from January 9 through spring 2023
  • Radiator Springs Racers will be closed January 9-23, 2023
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic will close on January 24, 2023. Opening date TBD
  • World of Color – One will be debuting on January 27, 2023
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind will close on January 30, 2023. Opening date TBD
  • Temporarily suspended: Frozen — Live at the Hyperion, Paint the Night Parade

 

February Weather

Overall, Disneyland in February will see cooler temperatures and rain. The average high is 69 degrees and the low is typically around 48 degrees. As February is one of the rainiest months of the year, coming prepared with rain ponchos and warmer clothing would be a smart idea.

 

February Disneyland Crowds

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Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. But unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

Crowds in February will be mind as it’s considered part of the “off-season.” Weekends will probably be busier with locals, and Presidents Day Weekend will see an increase in crowds as well. So if you’re wanting to avoid crowds, be sure to plan some weekdays in the parks.

 

Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in February?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

Disneyland Dining Guides:

 

Disneyland Attraction Guides:

 

Planning your first Disneyland vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!


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