If you’re itching for a winter getaway, February can be a very good time to visit the theme parks. There a quite a few events going on at the major theme parks, and minus the week of President’s Day, crowd levels are low to average.
While this is officially the month of love, the parks are mostly low-key about Valentine’s Day. That said, there is an exception this year because of Disney’s Limited Time Magic, which promises a different magical promotion every week of the year. For the week of Valentine’s Day, Disney is boasting of “castles blushing pink, surprise meet-and-greets with Disney princes and princesses, and candlelit dinners for couples in love.” Here are the details about the Valentine’s Week magic. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a new blog post on all of the romantic ways you can celebrate the holiday, or really any day, while you’re at the parks.
As far as crowds go, Valentine’s Day itself has no appreciable impact on traffic. But we do see elevated crowds starting Feb. 15 through Feb. 23 because of President’s Day. Many people book their vacation around the federal holiday, boosting crowds in the park. Adding to this toward the end of the week is the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which runs through the weekend, and a smattering of other events, which we’ll discuss below. The parks will be very, very busy this week. For those of you visiting during this time, take advantage of our wait-times apps and make sure you get to park before opening to take advantage of the lowest crowds.
Best days of the month to visit (and recommended parks)
- Feb. 26 (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios are recommended parks)
- Feb. 27 (Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are recommended parks)
Check the crowd calendar to see recommended days for the whole month and beyond.
Magic Kingdom and New Fantasyland
Understandably, many people are making New Fantasyland their first stop in Magic Kingdom, and even at opening it’s quite common to find a 45-minute wait for Enchanted Tales with Belle (here are details about it and the other New Fantasyland attractions). There is no Fastpass for this attraction, so if it’s a priority, your best bet is to hoof it over first thing at park opening. If you arrive and find a line less than 45 minutes, do this first and then Under the Sea and Ariel’s Grotto. If you find the line more than 45 minutes, head to Under the Sea and Ariel’s Grotto, because after the opening “rush,” Enchanted Tales sees a slight dip between 10 a.m. and noon on most days and won’t see lower wait times again until late afternoon and evening. Check our crowd calendar for overall daily crowd levels and let that help be your guide. A green day will still see a rush at opening, but would likely see a more pronounced dip in traffic mid-morning, whereas a day that is yellow or red will see less of a dip in traffic and generally higher posted wait times all day.
Closings and Refurbishments
Many of the water rides see seasonal refurbishments in the month of February. Blizzard Beach is under seasonal closure until March 16 (Typhoon Lagoon remains open). At Walt Disney World, Splash Mountain, Liberty Square Riverboat and Kali River Rapids have closures (the former is closed the whole month). At Universal, Dudley Do-Right’s Rip Saw Falls and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges have back-to-back closures. For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page.
In February, temperatures are on the rise, with an average high of 74 and a low of 52. There will be sunny days, so don’t forget the swimsuits as the pools are heated. You will still need a jacket for the evenings and chilly mornings. Here is the packing list for this time of year.
- SeaWorld Orlando’s Just for Kids event has one more date on Feb. 2. This event features free concerts, fun zones and more all for the kiddos. The performers will be the Kratt Brothers.
- Busch Gardens Tampa’s Real Music Concert Series continues through March 2. This Big Band event features concerts three times a day from the likes of The Terry Meyers Orchestra with The Swing Sisters, Frankie Avalon, The Osmond Brothers and Rita Coolidge. Click here for the full lineup of performers and dates.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend begins Friday, Feb. 22 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24. While the half marathon is sold out, there are still tickets available for the kids races and the family 5K.
- The Walt Disney World® Pro Soccer Classic takes place Feb. 9-23 and features eight teams competing in pre-season tournaments at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
- Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando runs on select dates Feb. 5 through April 20. Highlights of the special event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and the live concerts. February performers include Life House and Boys Like Girls. Click here for the full lineup.
- Not to be missed, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa’s Bands, Brew & BBQ pairs music, beer (craft beers both foreign and domestic) and barbecue inside the parks. Merle Haggard, the Barenaked Ladies and Big & Rich are among the performers in February. Check out the full lineup here.
- Another fun sporting event, Atlanta Braves spring training, begins Feb. 22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Spectators can catch the games at Champion Stadium.
Will you be visiting in February? Let us know what you are planning!