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Visiting Walt Disney World in February 2023

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February can be a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World! For those who struggle with the heat and humidity during the summertime in Florida, this month provides cooler, more manageable temperatures. And with the exception of a holiday weekend or two, the crowds tend to be lighter as well. But when it comes to visiting Walt Disney World in February, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind as you begin planning.

 


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February At-a-Glance

  • Prepare to wear layers! February temperatures tend to be a bit cooler. Typically, you will want to layer up as mornings and evenings are cooler and afternoons warm up a bit. (On a brighter note, February tends to bring less rain than other months!)
  • While some days are warm enough to swim, others are not. And sometimes pools, as well as water parks, are closed due to cooler temperatures. Water parks tend to take this time to refurbish as well.
  • February prices tend to be less overall. Park prices, hotel prices, and airfare prices are typically lower in February as it isn’t a peak travel time. Disney is also known to offer discounts and incentives for February, so be on the lookout for these when planning your vacation!
  • There will most likely be refurbishments. Because February sees fewer crowds, Disney often uses this time to refurbish certain attractions. This includes some of the bigger water attractions like Splash Mountain.
  • The end of February could be busy. If you’re visiting in February to avoid the crowds, you may want to avoid President’s Day weekend as well as the final weekend of February due to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. These two weekends tend to bring in the crowds and were quite busy in 2022.

 

February Events

Disney Princess Half Marathon will take place February 23-26. This popular runDisney event brings out the Disney royalty in all who participate! Newly added in 2022, “Disney Princess Sunrise Yoga” will take place in Magic Kingdom in front of Cinderella’s Castle prior to the park opening. The weekend also features a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge (10K and Half Marathon).

In 2023, Epcot will host the Epcot International Festival of the Arts from January 13 to February 20. This event boasts some of the best activities of all the Epcot festivals. In addition to all of the artistic culinary creations, you will find animation classes, a paint-by-number mural, workshops (for an additional fee), photo ops throughout the park, and must-see galleries as well as artwork available for purchase. It also features the Disney on Broadway Concert Series on select nights throughout the festival.

*Epcot festivals tend to bring more local crowds on evenings and weekends, so plan on visiting Epcot during the week if crowds are a concern.

ESPN Wide World of Sports typically hosts several athletic events each month. These events don’t usually have a major impact on crowds in the parks, but they can affect resort availability and crowds at Disney’s value resorts. Here are the events scheduled so far as well as events that are typically held in February:

Holidays to consider would be Valentine’s Day (February 14) and Presidents’ Day (February 21). Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year and shouldn’t have much of an impact on crowds. Presidents’ Day weekend, however, will undoubtedly be busy.

 

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.)

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad is finally open after nearly 4 years of closure due to Tron construction!
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow reopened on January 15 in Storybook Circus.
  • The Little Mermaid meet and greet with Ariel officially returns on January 22, 2023.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle is reopening on February 19, 2023.
  • Happily Ever After (an updated version) is returning to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023.
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run is opening on April 4, 2023.
  • Splash Mountain is closing permanently on January 23, 2023, to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The newly rethemed attraction is scheduled to open in 2024.

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open!
  • Moana: Journey of Water, a brand new attraction, will be opening in 2023.
  • Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is closed through November 2022 (most likely for the Food & Wine Festival)
  • The American Adventure is closed from September 19 thru December 16, 2022
  • A new nighttime show will be opening at some point in 2023 to replace Harmonious.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) has permanently ended
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration will be closed January 9-27, 2023
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will begin a length refurbishment beginning February 20, 2023. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid is temporarily closed with no reopening date yet.
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple is also temporarily closed.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl is permanently closed
  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 9

 Other

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed for refurbishment beginning November 13, 2022.

 

February Weather

Overall, the weather in Orlando is quite pleasant in February. So if you’re looking to visit Disney World without the heat, this may be the perfect time to go. The average high is 75 degrees and the low is typically around 54 degrees. It is also typically a dryer month in terms of rain. All that being said, February can be a bit unpredictable at times (although not as unpredictable as January) when it comes to random chilly days. You will definitely want to check current temperatures when packing and be prepared to wear layers.

 

February Disney World Crowd Calendar

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comCrowd 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, 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.

Overall, most weekdays in February are going to be fairly low in terms of crowds. If crowds are a concern, you may want to avoid President’s Day weekend as well as the final weekend of February due to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. These two weekends were very busy in 2022, so it is likely they will be busy once again in 2023.

Disney World February 2023 Crowd Calendar | magicintheplanning.com

 

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Ready to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World in February?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

  • Guide to Walt Disney World in 2023

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