February 2024 at Disney World: Crowd Calendar & Info
This guide to February 2024 at Walt Disney World includes a free crowd calendar, weeks to visit & avoid, weather, seasonal events, and new attraction openings & closures. This covers all tips & info you need for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios is covered here.
In general, February is a good month to visit Walt Disney World aside from weekends and holidays. The weather is starting to improve, crowds remain low most of the month, hotels are offering discounts and off-season pricing, and it’s a great time to see the parks without seasonal decor. All of this makes February a pretty solid time to visit Walt Disney World.
February has a lot of parallels to January at Walt Disney World. The biggest difference between the two months is that February lacks that holiday hangover–that awkward time in mid-January when you’re “over” Christmas and there isn’t any seasonal entertainment, but the decorations are still oddly up and Christmas music is still playing. Additionally, February has slightly better weather than January.
Let’s take a look at the other upsides and downsides to visiting Walt Disney World in February…
February WEATHER AT DISNEY WORLD
As noted above, Weather is one of the biggest upsides to February. Based upon historical averages for the month of February, you’re looking at highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. Now, this is only around 5 degrees better than January, but I think that makes a big difference. Additionally, based on our visits during both months, it seems like February is a lot less likely to have a freak cold spell with freezing weather.
That’s just anecdotal, but it has been our experience. This isn’t to say it can’t get cold in February, and you should still watch the weather forecast in advance and pack items that might be useful for your trip, but you’re probably less likely to need to bust out that parka.
Really though, if you’re escaping the blizzards of the northern states, even those low temperatures in Florida are going to feel like tropical paradise! Read our Winter Packing Tips for Disney post for more insight on what you might need to be prepared for colder weather in February.
February Special Events at Disney World
In terms of special events, normally there is not much during February. The only major thing is the continuation of the ‘festival season’ over at EPCOT, with our favorite one of the year beginning in January and running through late February. Read our Guide to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts for more info and tips about this special event.
Then there’s the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which will occur February 22-25, 2024. There are also a few major events going on at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, all of which will have an impact on crowds throughout the month.
In terms of general public events, very little happens during February outside of Festival of the Arts. It’s mostly just pin releases, art signings, and other minor merchandise happenings. Nothing around which you’d plan a trip…unless you’re a huge Precious Moments fan. (Hey, we aren’t judging! 😉 )
This lack of events can be a good or bad thing depending upon your perspective. You get to see the parks as the Imagineers originally designed them, without any decorations or overlays “blemishing” things. On the other hand, “blemish” is in the eye of the beholder (hence the air quotes) and a lot of the decorations and seasonal events are fun and a nice change of pace, especially if you’ve visited before and want something new to see or do.
February REFURBISHMENTS & NEW ATTRACTIONS
In terms of other attractions that will be closed during February 2024, check the Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule. Just a heads up: that might be a bit deceptive in terms of actual construction work, especially in Epcot.
The construction project that will have the most noticeable impact on the guest experience is the massive reimagining at the front of Epcot. This is starting to look better, but the front of the park is still a sea of construction walls with a giant dirt pit in the middle. This should be finished by February 2024. Knock on wood.
EPCOT is also home to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which is Walt Disney World’s biggest addition in the last few years. Experiencing the new ride is a bit complicated, so be sure to check out our How to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind & Virtual Queue Speed Strategy to improve your chances of success for joining the free virtual queue.
Another alternative for Cosmic Rewind is buying line-skipping access via the Individual Lightning Lanes. Those posts explain each option, their pros & cons, and everything else you need to know. Suffice to say, do not just show up to EPCOT expecting to join the standby line–as there isn’t one.
Then there’s the biggest addition to Magic Kingdom: TRON Lightcycle Run. This will still be the newest major attraction at Walt Disney World, and will be less than a year old as of January 2024. See our Virtual Queue Strategy Guide for TRON Lightcycle Run for details, tips & tricks for success, and more.
For an overview of what’s on the horizon, see What’s New & Next at Walt Disney World in 2024 & Beyond.
February 2024 Disney World Crowd Calendar
We’ll begin this free crowd calendar section with the same preface that we offered in January. Wondering why you don’t see a color-coded crowd calendar here? It’s because we don’t really trust them anymore and don’t think you should, either. If we just had a visual crowd calendar graphic here, many of you would only look at that and not read the accompanying explanation that covers what you might actually expect.
Such an approach would do readers a disservice, and we’d strongly caution you against over-reliance on any Walt Disney World crowd calendars. While they can be useful tools, crowd calendars are but one small piece of a much larger puzzle. We no longer choose our own travel dates based upon crowd calendars and we’d encourage you to do the same.
Disney doesn’t release official attendance numbers, so crowd calendars use things like school schedules, airport traffic statistics, hotel pricing & occupancy, and other indicators as proxies for crowds. For years, this approach worked and made crowd calendars reliable. Walt Disney World attendance followed an identifiable pattern that tracked with the aforementioned proxies.
More recently, Disney has become adept and more sophisticated at manipulating both attendance and crowd flow. February attendance is still lower than most other months, but wait times often don’t bear this out. Think of this as the difference between the actual temperature and the “feels like” temperature, but with crowds. We can still actual crowd and attendance patterns, but not wait times. The latter are what most of you likely care about (the “feels like” crowds), but it’s more difficult to accurately forecast wait times via Walt Disney World crowd calendars.
As a general matter, we want to warn you that winter is not the “sleepy off-season” at Walt Disney World. In Winter Is Not Off-Season at Walt Disney World, we explain how January and February crowds have grown since ~2017, why last year was the outlier, and how now is more of a return to normal.
There are a variety of times crowds spike during the first two months of the year. Everything from runDisney events to under the radar holiday weekends to school breaks push attendance and wait times even higher. With all of that in mind, here are our crowd calendar predictions for the best and worst weeks at Walt Disney World in February 2024…
Regardless of overarching crowd trends, the busiest dates in February 2024 will end up being President’s Day week. For most people, President’s Day isn’t a weeklong holiday, but in terms of crowds at Walt Disney World, it absolutely is. A lot of people visit for the long weekend, with some staying the rest of the week.
Suffice to say, this will be the busiest week of the first quarter and could be one of the 10 worst weeks of 2024. Not quite up there with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or the peak of spring break, but still worse than any other week in January or February 2024.
If you’re wondering why dates in February, of all months, would be so busy, it comes down to the aforementioned President’s Day holiday. On top of that, Mardi Gras is February 13, 2024. This will result in an influx of visitors from Louisiana and other areas of the South. Not only that, but it’s a break for many schools in the Northeast.
To compound matters, the following weekend is Princess Half Marathon Weekend, with official event dates of February 22-25, 2024. Most runners will show up early rather than staying late. There are also two major events–a soccer tournament and gymnastics competition–at the ESPN Wide World of Sports occurring in between. As a result, there’s a roughly two-week stretch in the second half of the month that’ll be really bad.
Suffice to say, February 10 to February 24, 2024 should see peak season attendance and high wait times. Expect 8/10 to 10/10 crowd levels for that entire range, with most dates and parks on the higher end of that spectrum.
Consequently, we’d recommend avoiding these dates if at all possible. Unlike Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s, the popularity of these holidays catch a lot of guests by surprise. (Valentine’s Day, on the other hand, should not be as busy.) The good news is that since most people don’t expect colossal crowds, they don’t prepare for them. Get up early, stay out late and strategize to avoid long lines!
In terms of dates that are good to visit in February, we’d recommend February 1-9, 2024 as the best dates to visit. Within those ranges, weekdays will definitely be better than weekends due to the disproportionate number of locals visiting Walt Disney World right now.
Based on what we’ve seen in the last two years, our expectation is that the first half of February 2024 sees crowd levels in the 3/10 to 6/10 range most dates, with 4/10 being the norm and crowds gradually increasing over the course of the month.
That’s not great as compared to ~5 years ago, but literally no dates this year will compare favorably to then. Walt Disney World attendance has grown by millions of guests per year since then. You should also expect heavier “feels like” crowds at EPCOT due to the growing popularity of Festival of the Arts. That won’t be reflected in wait time data, but it’ll be apparent in terms of congestion while walking around.
Our favorite week on balance would be the first week of February 2024, but you really can’t go wrong with the dates at the very end of the month, either. Just as quickly as crowds spike leading into the worst of winter, so too will they fall fast at the end of the month. The last few days leading into March 2024 should likewise be blissful, a nice mix of low crowds, pleasant weather, and the parks coming into bloom.
February PRICING & DISCOUNTS
Another upside to a February Walt Disney World vacation is prices. This is typically the Cheapest Time of Year to Visit Walt Disney World when looking exclusively at resort rack rates and admission costs. On top of that, there are currently some great deals available for Annual Passholders, Florida residents, and even the general public. See All Current Walt Disney World Discounts for specifics.
Again, President’s Day week is an exception to the seasonal rates, as hotel prices spike for that week, too. In case it’s not already abundantly clear, unless you’re getting time off for President’s Day or Mardi Gras, you really should avoid that week. If you’re booking a February stay at a Disney resort-hotel, you can decide for yourself which hotel might be best by reading our Walt Disney World Hotel Reviews.
Overall, we have had some really great experiences at Walt Disney World in February. Low to moderate crowds for most of the month, temperate weather, the parks looking good, and cheaper prices all make it a winner in our book. February (again, minus the confluence of Presidents’ Day, Mardi Gras, and the runDisney race) feels like the early year sweet spot between the holiday hangover of January and the Spring Break season of March.
Think of early February as this time of year’s September (another of our favorite times to visit for similar reasons), except without quite as much humidity. Unlike September, there is a huge second half spike in February crowds, but the first half of the month–and final few days–should be fantastic. While we prefer the beginning of the month, February 2024 will be great at the very end of the month overlapping with the beginning of March, when the weather starts to improve and crowds remain low.
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Do you like Walt Disney World in February, or do you think it’s a dull month to visit? Do you like seeing the parks in their “normal” state, or would you rather have a special/seasonal event? Are you a fan of EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts? Ever experienced President’s Day crowds? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts on these questions, or anything else, in the comments!
I don’t do photography as a hobby or a profession, but I appreciate the art so much, and I’ve always been a huge fan of your photography. I’ve gotta ask, if you don’t mind sharing. That one photo with the little duck behind Cinderella’s Castle, when did you take that? It’s so empty! It’s such a gorgeous shot. Your photos are always so inspired and unique!
What are the chances annual passes come back in February? I’ll be super bummed if I have to spend more money on tickets. Again.
We leave disney on 2/18 so I’m hoping most of our week is pretty good. Something interesting I noticed was that I could still book the 400 off deal for hotels the week before presidents day. I wonder what that points towards for crowds.
I have a friend coming into town for her daughter’s high school cheer competition, which I think begins Friday, February 10th. It’s at ESPN WWS and based on the schedule, looks to be a large one. She’s coming early and we’re hitting the parks Thursday-Saturday, but I’m expecting big crowds. We went in September and it was insane, and also did a weekend in early December, so I’m of the opinion that there is no slow time anymore. Disney is adjusting and wait times are awful no matter when you go.
Will 2024 have a similar story? We are considering a late January – early Feb trip next year. We are normally early March trip takers (that’s what we are doing this year) but I’ll gladly switch it up for less crowds!
Any information on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 if the cast party at MK is likely. I believe it might be. A couple of cheer and dance events I see but nothing confirmed on the WDW website at this point. However, in the past this seemed to be the night they typically chose (second week of February on a Tuesday ). Any insight would be helpful. Thank you!
The cast party is Tuesday the 31st. MK closes at 4:30.
Thank you for another great article. just a heads up that the date of Mardi Gras says 2022 instead of 2023.
February 21, 2022
We went the week of Christmas last year (school break) and honestly it was crowded but I was expecting that & we still enjoyed WDW with ok wait times & Genie +. You just have to be ok with not doing everything. We didn’t do RR or Remy but will not do Genie + this time & will get individual LL for some things. We will be going Feb 5-12 2023 & hoping for shorter wait times & less crowds!
Good article. We, as a MA residents, we have winter break in school. Any suggestions for choosing which parks will be best with 9 year old daughter. Thank you in advance.
Was there Jan 30th through Feb 5th. Can you say overcrowded? Wait times were terrible. Got to the point when we were saying 70 minutes isn’t too bad! Rides kept closing. Not sure if breaking down or they were trying to move the crowds around. Waited 2 hours for Rise. My opinion- Smuggler’s Run is better! We also noted a lot of school aged kids. On a positive note, we did not have any rude people or line skippers! Stayed at French Quarter. Very nice. Except the bus lines. No one knew which line you were supposed to be in except when a helpful person would speak up and everyone would move to correct line. I also was wondering about something – It was my SIL’s first visit, got the button but no one acknowledged it. In the restaurants they would make a note on their pads, but nothing came of it. When we went for our anniversary 5 years ago everyone was commenting. We had a good time but have decided to not go back. Lightening lanes are, in my opinion, discrimination and a money grab by a company that obviously doesn’t really need it based on CEO’s pay.
We visited 3 parks during our stay during week of Feb 6and each was jammed packed! So if Disney is requiring reservations what are the limits?!
We’ve been here several previous times, even in summer, but have never experienced crowds and wait times like this visit.
Mardi Gras holidays are also a little trickier to gauge this year. The New Orleans Metro area schools typically get 9 days off (Sat before Mardi Gras through the entire Mardi Gras week, closing on the Sunday after Mardi Gras). Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast schools only get Mon-Wed off for Mardi Gras.
Many schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes reduced their Mardi Gras break from Mon-Fri of Mardi Gras week to only Mon-Wed. The cause? Hurricane Ida closing many schools for several weeks. Jefferson Parish I assume would have the largest number of school age kids that normally would get that week off.
St. Tammany Parish on the Northshore of New Orleans, sustained less damage and has all five days off (buffered also by two weekends), so this will not apply to them. It would not surprise me if St. Tammany sends more Louisiana residents to Disney during Mardi Gras week than any other, as it is generally more affluent and younger than Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. When you see the big SUV filled with kids with Louisiana plates headed to Orlando, there is a fairly good chance they are coming from St. Tammany.
My estimate is that there will be a 25% reduction in tourists from Louisiana during Mardi Gras week due to the schedule changes in schools.
We have to chose between either February 28th or March 1st for just one day trip to Magic Kingdom. I know not a good choice either way, but will one be any better than the other?
Sorry I wrote the wrong dates – either Friday February 25th or Monday March 1st which I know is Mardi Gras but maybe less busy than the Friday or marathon weekend?
We just left Disney on Thursday. We were there Jan 30- Feb 3. We usually always go during this time (exception was 2021). I have to say, worse crowds ever. So many people, hard to navigate all parks, even Epcot & horrendous wait times. Even with G+ we didn’t get to ride much!
My trip is literally Feb 19-28 . We are prepared for crowds and will do a lot of half day trips at the park. We have park hopper tickets to pop back to another park for a dinner or just to see fireworks. I was planning to run the Princess half marathon but now I have a stress fracture and it’s not looking good for me to do any running that weekend. Guess I’ll just have to come back on another runD weekend!
We will be there Feb 20-27 for my family members birthday on the 22nd. We are bracing for the crowds, and will be doing genie +, and lightening lanes if possible. Hoping it will still be fun for the family.
Hey there! Thanks for the article! We’re going February 6-9th and plan to go to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Any advice on day of the week for particular parks? Our current plan was to go starting Feb 6th- Sunday( Hollywood), Monday (Epcot), and Wednesday( Animal Kingdom)? Thanks!
Hollywood is the busiest park in terms of tide queues for thrill rides. I suggest moving it to Tuesday to avoid weekend crowds.
One main reason that visitors stay the entire President’s Day week is that in the New England states, that is the week of Winter Vacation. The New England states like MA and RI have a winter break and a spring break in February and April respectively, instead of one spring break in March. We are headed to the parks for winter break that week in February ourselves.
Same for us. School vacation schedules do not leave us with many options. Any recommendations on which parks to go to each day during Presidents’ Day week?
We appreciate your reviews and are excited about our upcoming trip early February. Do you have any tips regarding renting bikes to ride around the property? Also we have a milestone birthday in our party. Any places that offer special recognition of birthdays?
We celebrated our daughter’s 18 birthday in June. I mentioned it to the cast member when I called to let them know about our grocery delivery. It somehow was flagged in their system and every time we checked in at a restaurant she was wished a happy birthday and usually got a free dessert complete with candle and serenade from the staff. Hope they have a memorable birthday trip!
Thank you for this. We want to come on 2/11 to see Marayuma at the Art Fest but hotel prices are through the roof. Is there something special going on that day/weekend that would cause prices to be so bad?
I know there is a cheerleading event and perhaps another convention, international I believe. The convention hotels are booked but sometimes open up last minute. However, last minute WDW does not happen easily any longer. Wish you good luck as you never know. I did see Coronado opening up a bit not cheap but some openings. The others that are open are not going at a decent rate for the average traveler.
Is there anything special on Valentine’s Day? We will be there for the first time on Valentine’s Day this year. I love the festival of the arts but we are usually a little earlier when we’ve been to it before and not actually on Valentine’s Day.