Are you heading to Disney World in the month of February and wondering what to add to your Disney packing list? You are in the right spot! February is a great time of year for a Disney vacation. The winter months in Central Florida generally have cooler temperatures in the mornings and early evenings with warm weather during the day. Be sure to be prepared for any kind of weather during your Disney World vacation by bringing a variety of options to have a great time in the most magical place on Earth!
Is Disney World cold in February?
In general, February is a great time to visit Disney parks due to the mild temperatures. In general, the summer months are filled with sticky and hot days, so winter is the best time to escape the cold weather of the north and get to the sunny skies of central Florida.
The average high in February for Orlando is around 71-75 degrees Fahrenheit, so not super hot days. The average low temperature in Orlando ranges from 49-55 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s always a good idea to double-check the forecast the week before your trip to make sure you have all of the right items packed away. If you plan to hit the parks for rope drop or stay for Extra Magic Hours, you will want some extra clothing layers to stay warm when the temperature drops.
My favorite weather app while I am in the parks is called Dark Sky. It tends to track weather more precisely than others and keeps me updated on the latest showers. Also, be sure to input Lake Buena Vista as your location, rather than Orlando. Since most of the Disney actually falls in Lake Buena Vista versus Orlando, you will get a more accurate forecast. Keep in mind as quickly as bad weather can flow into Central Florida, it can also move out. Do not be discouraged if the forecast calls for rain. Most likely, it will not last for the entire duration of your trip.
What clothes should I pack for Disney World in February?
Most likely, you need to prepare for a variety of weather in February at Walt Disney World Resort. The good news is you can usually leave your down parka for extreme winter weather at home. However, you will want to be prepared for cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings.
Light Jacket or Sweatshirt: Make sure to pack a light jacket or sweatshirt. Lake Buena Vista and Orlando will typically have warmer daytime temperatures. However, when the sun goes down, it can get cool.
Long-sleeved shirts: You may think you will only want tank tops and shorts at the happiest place on Earth, but if you want to avoid the extra cost of buying extra clothing while you are at the park, be sure to pack some long-sleeved shirts as well.
From my personal experience, if you are caught without proper attire, it is a great idea to leave the Disney World theme parks and go off-property to grab a shirt with long sleeves or a jacket. Most of the time, the local Wal-Mart or Target will have plenty of clothing options with your favorite characters at a fraction of the price, compared to Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom.
Short sleeve shirts: Yep, you will want to have some short sleeve shirts in your suitcase as well. These are perfect for layering and your best bet for staying comfortable in the parks when it begins to warm up during the day.
Long pants: Long pants may be essential in the parks in February. If you are waiting in long lines for Kilimanjaro at Animal Kingdom or Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom, and it is a chilly day, you will want those legs covered! If the weather is going to warm during the day, it may be a good option to throw a pair of shorts in your park bag, in case you want to change mid-day. You will be grateful to have your legs warm if a cold front blows through Central Florida!
Choose Layers: From past years of personal experiences, I can tell you that wearing layers is key in Disney World when the temperature drops. My favorite Disney World uniform for an early February trip is short sleeves, a cardigan with long sleeves, or a light jacket that I can wrap around my waist, long pants or leggings, and a pair of comfortable shoes. Every little bit helps!
Footwear for Disney World
Comfortable Walking Shoes: On the subject of shoes, it is worth reiterating: pack comfortable shoes!!! When I was talking with a cast member on my last trip, she mentioned seeing a lot of people every day with the wrong shoes on in the parks. It doesn’t matter if you are going to Disney Springs, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, or the water parks, you will be on your feet doing a lot of walking on a long day. The best option is to bring the best shoes that you have worn at home and you know will hold up to a long day in the parks. The rest of the year, you can wear high heels and flip-flops – not on your Disney trip!
Waterproof sandals: If you are planning to ride any water rides like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids, bring waterproof shoes. If you plan to visit the water parks of Disney like Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, be sure to pack some flip-flops. Though I do not advise walking through the parks for the whole day in flip-flops, it is great to pop them on for water rides. Then, just store them in a bag in your backpack and change back into socks and tennis shoes. No one wants soggy socks for their Disney vacation. These are also a great option if you are caught in a sudden rainstorm.
Bathing suit: I know, a bathing suit? Yes! Even in the first week of February, you may be able to take advantage of warmer daytime temperatures. Enjoy the heated Disney resort pools or hot tubs. Those used to colder climates may consider February in Florida downright balmy! I love looking forward to a day at the pool after the holiday season is over. In fact, I think there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to spend a day at the parks. We then follow up with a quick swim in the pool and a fantastic dinner at Disney Springs.
Can you swim at Disney World in February?
Yes! Disney World pools are heated. Pools stay at a warm 82 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. You can jump in any time during your stay, winter, spring, summer, or fall. One of the great bonus points of Florida weather! Of course, pools will close for inclement weather.
Do I need to pack a towel for swimming at Disney World?
You will find a variety of answers on this one, but in general, Disney resort pool towels are available.
What should I pack in my Disney World park bag in February?
Rain Gear: No matter what time you travel, rainy days are always a possibility in Florida. Even with high temperatures, summer showers are a common occurrence. Be sure to throw a rain jacket, small umbrella, or poncho into your park bag. The good news is that rain showers are generally brief in Orlando and not heavy rain. They can help thin out crowd levels. Pop on your rain gear and keep moving!
Sunglasses/Sunscreen/hat: You may not think of packing these items in February, but make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat with you to Disney World! Even if high temperatures aren’t present, sunny days will be (that’s why we love Florida!). Make sure to protect your sun and skin. You can pick them up at the Disney World theme parks, but if you are trying to lower the bill on your credit card, pack them!
Phone chargers: The My Disney Experience app is really essential for your Disney trip. This is especially true with the introduction of Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Use it to track wait times, and plan your day and mobile order.
However, be forewarned that it will drain your cell phone battery quickly! Be sure to pack extra phone chargers for all of your family members’ devices. You don’t want to be caught with dead phones when you are trying to snag that Lightning Lane.
Water bottles: Pack a refillable water bottle for each member of your party. Even though during cooler weather, you may not feel yourself getting as thirsty compared to summer months. You need to hydrate continually throughout your time at Disney. Use water fountains throughout the parks to refill. You can also take advantage of free cups of ice water throughout the parks at quick-service dining locations.
Line Helpers for Your Park Bag
Snacks: Disney World is full of delicious and yummy snacks. However, they can add up, both in calories and dollars spent. Consider taking a few of your snacks into the parks to prevent any “hangry” meltdowns. Our favorite snacks to pack include Goldfish crackers, peanut butter crackers, and dried fruit. Don’t forget lollipops, gum, granola bars, and small packs of cereal.
Remember, you can not buy gum in the Disney World parks. It is nice to put some in your park bag to help satisfy any sugar cravings. They also help pass the time in line.
Light-up wands, and glow sticks: If you have little ones, they may be tempted by the light-up toys on Main Street. Stop by the Dollar Store before your trip and stock up on glow sticks and light-up wands. The sun goes down earlier in February in Florida. Make fun bracelets and necklaces to pass the time as you wait for the nighttime shows to begin at Epcot or Magic Kingdom.
Are there special events in February at Disney World to consider?
Yes, there are some special events at Disney World in February to consider when planning your next trip. Epcot International Festival of the Arts is a fantastic festival honoring the culinary, visual, and performance arts. This festival typically runs from mid-January to the middle of February. If you love new and innovative dining options, Broadway performances, and amazing artistry, you will want to plan your vacation during this festival.
My favorites during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts include watching the animators at Animation Academy, checking out the chalk art displays, and taking in the Disney Broadway singers. If you have little ones, this is also the perfect day to let them experience a Broadway-style concert in a short amount of time. The outdoor venue and the shorter duration make it a perfect experience for little ones who aren’t yet able to sit through an entire Broadway performance. The visual artist’s performances are also completely magical.
Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day fall right in the middle of February. You can find venues throughout Disney to watch the big game and, of course, plenty of fantastic dining options for a romantic dinner out with your loves.
President’s Day weekend is often a busy weekend around Disney World, with many U.S. schools having a long weekend. If you plan to visit this weekend, be sure to make advanced dining reservations and have some touring strategies in place.
The Princess Half Marathon generally falls on the last weekend of February. Though races typically take place in the early morning and should not affect the flow of park guests, you may notice more crowds around your hotel room as runners depart and return to resorts around race times. If you are looking for the cheapest times to visit in February, I would not suggest February at the end of the month, as prices may be a bit higher at the Disney World resorts. You will also encounter a more crowded theme park during race weekend.
What should I not pack for Disney World?
Are there dress codes at Disney? There is a Disney dress code that requires that guests wear shoes and shirts at all times. Also, any clothing with obscene or graphic images or writing is not allowed. Be sure to note that costumes and masks are not allowed for guests over 14 years of age.
Thanks so much for reading about what to wear to Disney World in February! I hope this post helps you prepare for a magical Walt Disney World vacation. Be sure to sign up below for my complete packing list, no matter the time of year. Also, be sure to read my other posts to get ready for your trip.