Headed to Walt Disney World in February? We’ve put together an overview of the entire month, including a schedule of events, a look at possible holiday crowds, and a guide to navigating February weather in Orlando!
Plus, we’ll be talking about the possibility of seeing the much anticipated opening of Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant, as well as more ESPN Wide World of Sports events that may affect your trip, so be sure to read on to know what to expect for February 2020 at Walt Disney World!
February at a Glance
- February 1–24, 2020 – Epcot International Festival of the Arts (Began on January 17, 2020)
- February 1–2, 2020 – UDA Competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports (Began on January 31, 2020)
- February 7–9, 2020 – UCA Competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports
- February 14, 2020 – Valentine’s Day
- February 17, 2020 – President’s Day
- February 20–23, 2020 – Disney Princess Half Marathon
- February 28–29, 2020 – Contest of Champions at ESPN Wide World of Sports (runs through March 1, 2020)
QUICK GUIDE TO FEBRUARY WEATHER IN ORLANDOOverall, February in Orlando will usually see warm days with cooler days mixed in. Temperatures on some days can reach 90 degrees while others might be 40 degrees or even below, though extreme low temperatures are not generally as common. It’s best to be prepared with layers, and consider bringing a coat or heavier jacket just in case. There probably won’t be as much rain as there can be during the summer months, but rain is always a possibility in Florida, so make sure you bring an umbrella or a poncho in case you get caught in a rain shower!
Both Valentine’s Day on February 14th and President’s Day on February 17th are near the third weekend in February this year, so it is possible that crowds will increase during this weekend. Valentine’s Day can be a popular day for visiting the parks, especially for locals, though the parks should not be quite as busy as they are on other holidays since most Americans do not receive this day off of work. Some people do receive President’s Day off of work, however, so they may choose to make an extended weekend trip, which means that crowd levels may increase more than normal during this weekend and the following week.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which began on January 17th, continues through most of February, officially wrapping up on the 24th. While crowds can be larger during the first week or so of Epcot festivals, they should be quite a bit lighter during February, though you may want to avoid President’s Day weekend as more people may be visiting the parks at that time.
Also taking place this month is the Disney Princess Half Marathon from February 20th through the 23rd, which you can expect to bring in a large crowd of runners and spectators. These runDisney races often include routes through the parks themselves, as well as on some roads, so it’s good to know the path that participants will be running on each day since this can affect things like traveling to and from the park and parking. Generally the biggest issue guests will have during this time is finding hotel availability, and crowds may be at least somewhat elevated during race weekends. These races do generally take place quite early in the morning before official park opening times, though, so you usually won’t have any issues with race routes blocking anything in the parks.
New Openings and Additions
Though it is still just a rumor, it is possible that the new Space 220 restaurant coming to Epcot could open sometime this month. This restaurant is located next to Mission Space in the current Future World and was originally supposed to open sometime at the end of last year, but it was unfortunately delayed. While Disney has yet to officially announce an opening date, many people are guessing that it could very well be sometime in February. Be sure to keep an eye on our website as we will update this article when the opening date is announced!
Other Events and Factors That Could Affect Your Trip
February often sees a pretty consistent lineup of sporting events, which generally bring significant amounts of participants and their families into Walt Disney World and can make avoiding crowds both in the parks and at the resorts quite a challenge. This year, the National Dance Team Championship takes place from January 31st through February 2nd, and the National High School Cheerleading Championship takes place from February 7th through February 9th. The Contest of Champions National Dance Competition also takes place at the end of the month from February 28th and goes through March 1st.
Even though these events can bring in more people, they all take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, so a large majority of these groups will be outside of the parks during their actual competition times. Even with these sporting events, however, February is still generally on the lower end of crowds compared to the rest of the year, and it can be a great month to visit if you want to avoid the major crowds that come in during the summer months or the bigger holiday seasons!
That wraps up our 2020 guide to February at Walt Disney World! We hope this planning guide helps you as you plan your magical Disney vacation, and be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to receive new info and updates as we add them to our website. Thanks for reading!