Planning your February 2017 Disney World vacation!

 

This guide is specifically for guests traveling to Disney World in February 2017 (The rest of the year will come soon if you’re looking to travel later in the year!)

For complete months: January 2017, March 2017, April 2017

February also has some of the lowest crowd levels and cost of the year as well as mild temperatures. With these lower crowds also come increased attraction and resort refurbishment. February also is host to the Disney World Princess Half Marathon and President’s Day which is a school holiday for many. These two dates increase crowd levels for a short period of time, so if you can avoid them, I’d highly recommend it. Park hours are also more limited in February with parks like Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios closing earlier than they do during peak travel times. Additionally, Valentine’s Day in 2015 had every single Disney resort room booked, so if this is a priority date for you, book it early. 2016 didn’t see as big of crowds, but still something to consider!

February weather in Disney World

According to Weather.com the average high in the month of February is 73 and the low is 50. Be sure to check your favorite weather app prior to your departure to confirm actual temperatures before you pack. Recent years have brought unseasonably warm weather to the area. A sunny 70 degree day can be comfortable in short sleeves and pants (or shorts if you’re brave). It’s best to bring light layers at this time of year just to be safe! All of Disney’s pools are heated, so if you’re brave enough to stick a toe in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 2015 February temperatures were well below average and fairly close to average in 2016. Always check your weather shortly before your arrival to ensure you pack appropriately!

Choosing Your Travel Dates/Events to be aware of

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day.
  • February 18 – 21 – President’s Day weekend. This will be the biggest increase in crowds for February 2017. With many kids having a day or more off of school but locally and nationally, you’ll see a big increase in guests going into the parks. This weekend will likely have the largest crowds of the month.
  • February 23-25 – Princess Half marathon. This annual event will slightly increase hotel capacity but doesn’t have a huge overall change in park attendance (especially after the weekend is over)
  • February 28 – Mardi Gras.

Special Offers/Promotions

  • No promotional offers will be available at the time of publication. Look toward October for promotional offers for early 2017 (based on historical releases). In previous years, both a room offers and package promotion were both available.

When to book dining

Dining reservations are available 180 days in advance of your arrival date which means you can bee dining for February can be made in early August! If you have an active package, you’ll have the ability to book dining for your entire length of stay. If you’re inside that mark, you may not see every dining reservation available – especially popular things like character dinners (especially Cinderella’s Table, and Chef Mickey’s) and popular locations like Ohana and Be Our Guest. Don’t let lack of availability worry you, since all Disney dining reservations require a credit card guarantee, cancellations do happen so persistence and patience are key!

Cost

Disney's Pop Century brings adults back to their childhood!

Disney’s Pop Century brings adults back to their childhood!

So how much will it cost a family of 4 to travel to Disney World in February of 2017? Let’s do the math. Remember these are NON-DISCOUNTED rates so your total could be less than the ones listed below. These travel dates avoid holiday weekends so if you’re traveling over one (or marathon weekend, you’re likely to see a slight increase to these costs)

The Smith family wants a fun an inexpensive vacation and are planning 7 days and 6 nights at a value resort. I suggested Pop Century in a preferred room since it’s most centrally located among the value resorts. They are taking mom, dad, Susie – 13 and Jenny – 9 on their first vacation! They have decided on 5 days of base tickets to really focus on one park each day and to save a little bit of money and will pay for meals out of pocket and bring some snacks with as well, so no dining plan. $2260.80

The Jones family wants a moderately priced vacation and are also planning 7 days and 6 nights, but they want to stay at a moderate resort. Their two daughters love Disney princesses so they are considering an upgrade to a royal guest room. They are also going to do 5 days of base tickets but are considering the upgrade to park hoppers to see more with their time. If the Jones family chooses the least expensive package options, their moderate vacation would cost them $2810.80. If they added park hoppers to their tickets, their vacation would cost them $3104.76. And if they wanted to upgrade to a royal room their vacation would cost them $3342.16

The Howell family wants to go all out for their two children’s first Disney World vacation and stay in a deluxe resort for 7 days and 6 nights. They definitely want park hoppers to see everything and they are considering the dining plan. Their preferred resort is Wilderness Lodge but with the construction scheduled, they are going to try out the recently renovated Polynesian resort to have access to Magic Kingdom. and Epcot. With 5 days of park hoppers, their vacation would cost them $4808.04. If they did elect to add the dining plan, their vacation would cost them $6165.30

The bottom line

February is a great month to save money at Disney World. A family of 4 can spend just over $500 per person! With low pricing and usually great special offers, your family can still save a lot of money! I can’t wait to see what 2017 discounts Disney offers to knock off several hundred dollars off the prices above!

Start planning your February 2017 vacation

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2017 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

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Planning your early 2016 Disney World vacation

Early 2016

With the new year not far away and the holidays upon us, it’s time to talk about how to plan for early 2016 Disney World vacations. This guide is specifically for guests looking to travel in January, February, and March (through the week of Easter).

For January travelers, time is a bit short, but there’s still plenty of time to grab dining reservations, FastPasses, and plan a perfect Disney getaway following Christmas to get away those winter blues!

January and February are a great time to travel for many reasons – first it’s not often crowded as many families have kids back in school after a long break. It’s also a time of year that’s not very hot so it makes park touring more comfortable. If you’ve got younger child, this is great for you as well because park hours are not often extended as they are during more popular times of year which means you could in theory see a fireworks show around 8 or 9 pm without stretching the limits of bedtime too far!

A few busier times to note for this time of year:IMG_4982 (2)

  • Disney Marathon weekend – January 8-10 (this does not have a huge impact on overall crowds, but it’s noteworthy
  • MLK Jr weekend – January 15-18
  • President’s Day weekend – Feb 13-15
  • Valentine’s Day – Feb 14
  • Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend – Feb 19-21 (this has a bit of a larger impact than the marathon weekend does, but crowds subside quickly after the event)

If you’re hoping for a little bit warmer weather or extended park hours, March is a great time for you. It’s also a great time to take advantage of kids spring breaks! While it makes for a bit more crowded park touring experience (and sometimes more expensive flights), you’ll still have a fantastic vacation experience! The week of Easter is typically the busiest time of the spring break season.

The first three months of the year are not considered part of the “rainy season” in Orlando. The area was built on a swamp, so you may see a few drops here and there (sorry, I can’t control the weather), but hopefully it will be very minimal!

Crowd Calendars

Below are projections of crowds for early 2016. Click the images below to see the images larger! These are subject to change. Please don’t be concerned about a “red days”. You will have a magical experience no matter what time of year you travel. Typically it’s not “wall to wall” crowds!

January 2016 Disney World Crowd Caneldar

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February 2016 Crowd Calendar

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March 2016 Crowd calendar

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Saving Money

polyPromotional rates have expired. Look toward the ends couple of weeks for a new promotional which may include SOME of these travel dates!

Refurbishments

The only “downside” to this time of year is attraction closures for refurbishments and renovations to resorts. Below is a list of all of the known attraction closures during the first three months of the year:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort  is scheduled to continue refurbishment. It should be the end of this major refurbishment!TL
  • Caribbean Beach Resort (Jan 3 – Feb 28;  Some public areas may have some construction noise during the day)
  • Soarin’ (Jan 4 – Summer 2016)
  • Splash Mountain (Jan 10 – 14)
  • Pizza Planet (Jan 11 – Late 2016)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Jan 15-Feb 11)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Jan 18-22)
  • Mad Tea Party (Feb 22-26)
  • Planet Hollywood  (Jan 6 – summer 2016)
  • Typhoon Lagoon annual refurbishment (Jan 3 – March 12)
  • Ol’ Man Island Pool (Port Orleans Riverside) (Jan 11-Feb 29)
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas (multiple refurbishment projects running through 2017)
  • Flying Fish Cafe (Feb 1 – Sept 30)

Thankfully, only Soarin’ is the only attraction with a “major” impact on guest travel!

Limited Time Experiences!

So what makes this time of year unique? A few really exciting things this year.

Symphony in the Stars This popular limited time fireworks experience in Hollywood Studios is returning on a nightly basis. As of January 5, you’ll also be able to book a Fireworks Dessert party!

Growing Star Wars presence in Hollywood Studios. On December 1st, Disney opened Star Wars Launch Bay, updated Star Tours to include scenes from the new film, updated Jedi Training academy featuring a new villain and updated experience as well as a new themed stage, and new character meet and greets – you can visit the dark side and find Darth Vader or the light side and find Chewbacca! These experiences are available EVERY DAY instead of just limited time during Star Wars weekends!

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Each season, Minnie will host a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine which can be coupled with the Fantasmic dining package. This experience will allow you to meet Minnie and her friends (the holiday version came with Goofy & Mickey). In winter, you can “dine with the stars”! Plenty of good reservations are still available. As of March 21, the experience will change over to a “spring” themed experience (booking is not available fg2for this time-frame yet, so there’s still a chance to get a great character dining experience during peak travel time!)

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. This annual experience continues to grow (excuse the pun). This year the Flower & Garden Festival is extended to 90 magical days and begins on March 2nd! You can see your favorite Disney characters made into gorgeous topiaries and nosh on some tasty food in the “fresh kitchens” around World showcase. This is a huge change in experience from several years ago as the kitchen experience continues to grow! I can’t wait to see what’s new this year.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!