So, you and your family are headed to Disney World for an absolutely magical vacation you will all remember for years to come! You’ve booked the trip for February because the crowds should be mild, and the weather will be nice, good choice!
It’s time to start thinking about what to pack, and you may want to do some pre-trip shopping too! Don’t worry, I’ll be walking you through everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in February.
Curious about knowing how to dress in Disney World in February? Well, in this article, we’ll go over the weather you can expect, the clothes you should bring, and any extra tips you might need along the way.
Let’s get started!
Florida can be pretty unpredictable when it comes to weather, so it is always best to pack for multiple scenarios. The average high for Orlando in February is 74 degrees. This is perfect Disney weather in my opinion because you won’t get sweaty and gross walking from ride to ride, but you won’t be shivering it decides to rain a little. However, the average low for February in Orlando is 53 degrees. This is normally in the dead of night, but every once in a while, the early part of the year will bring on super chilly weather.
The best thing you can do is watch the forecasts for Orlando as you get closer to leaving so you can adjust your outfit options accordingly. You’ll also want to watch out for rain or wind predictions so you can decide if you’d rather pack a rain jacket instead of just ponchos.
Seeing the wind forecasts will also help you determine what kind of hair products you might want to bring. The ladies in the family may appreciate some extra hair ties on windy days so they can tie their hair out of their face!
What to Wear
If you are looking at higher temperatures throughout the day, then you’ll definitely be comfortable packing shorts with t-shirts and tank tops for the trip. You can comfortably wear sneakers or sandals in this weather as well.
However, if you are planning to be at the parks late at night, long after the sun has gone down, I would recommend packing a light jacket or hoodie. After the hot Florida sun sets, it can get chilly pretty quickly. So, it’s best to pack for the worst and grab a light jacket to throw on while you’re exploring the parks late into the night! Be sure to also pack a few colder weather outfits like pants and maybe a long sleeve t-shirt just in case one day is particularly chilly while you’re in the parks!
If you have noticed some colder temperatures coming up as you approach your trip, then you’ll definitely want to pack accordingly! Make sure write out a detailed Disney World packing list that includes outfit options! Even though colder temperatures are predicted, I still recommend packing one or two outfits for hot weather just in case.
Depending on how long you are staying at Disney, you may want to pack more than just a few backup outfits for hot weather. Otherwise, I would recommend sticking to leggings or pants and t-shirts with a light jacket, so you have the option to take it off if you get too warm!
Now, let’s talk about rain. Orlando is not too far from Florida’s most beautiful beaches which means you are bound to get rained on a time or two. It’s best to plan for the worst when it comes to rain in Disney World. The ponchos sold in the parks at Disney World are ridiculously expensive.
So, I typically head to Target or Walmart to grab some super cheap, compact ponchos. These are awesome because they’ll come in a tiny little bag that will comfortably fit into whatever bag you’ve decided to bring to the parks. You can grab these quickly, easily, and without dropping serious cash on a Disney one when it starts to drizzle.
If you’ve planned a fancy dinner where you want to dress up, this shouldn’t be a problem at all! However, you might want to reconsider your transportation options depending on where you are headed. If you are headed into one of the parks for your nice meal, then you should be fine to take the bus. I wouldn’t recommend wearing heels though as you’ll still have quite a walk to your destination.
If you are traveling to another resort for this dinner, then you have a few options. If your family drove to Disney, then you can grab your car and head to the resort yourself. This is the fastest, cheapest way to get to your dinner without getting rained on or caught in the cold. If you don’t have a car on the property with you, I recommend snagging a Minnie van.
You can do this right from your Lyft app. This service works through Lyft to provide a car ride service all throughout Walt Disney World. You can wait inside where its warm and dry for your ride to arrive and then be dropped off right at your restaurant! Be sure to wear appropriate clothes for the weather! This means you may want to pack a couple of different nice outfit options for this romantic meal!
Preparing the Kids
The weather will be a big determinant of how your days in the parks go. You can still have some serious fun with the kiddos even if the weather is sort of…blah. It’s all about preparing them for the weather! If you have kids that are still using a stroller, be sure to pack a rain guard.
This will make a huge difference in their experience because they’ll be able to stay comfy inside their stroller without being poured on by the rain! A stroller is also a great place to store your ponchos, rain jackets, or other thing you’ll need while at the parks.
Make sure all of the kids have their own ponchos or rain jackets as well. This will be essential for getting them on and off rides without getting too wet! If you have a grumpy toddler that isn’t enjoying the slightly colder weather or the rain, head to one of the baby care centers. These are a great place to retreat to with fussy kids as its quiet, dry, and warm. They also have tons of useful resources like band-aids, baby food, and Pedialyte!
Make sure the kids also have comfortable walking shoes. Nothing is worse than getting a blister on your first day in the parks, so make sure you don’t pack brand new shoes for the children. Instead, pack their trusty sneakers or sandals so they can be on their feet for hours without complaints.
Lastly, be sure to pack outfit options, jackets, and more. The weather in Florida can be unpredictable, so one thing I like to do is pack vacuum sealed outfit options and throw them in the bottom of the stroller. To do this, all you need are a couple of Ziploc bags and some outfits for warmer weather and colder weather.
This is a great option for weather changes or rain. If your child gets soaked on a water ride or you all get caught in a torrential downpour, you don’t have to go all the way back to the resort to dry off and change. Instead, you can head to the nearest bathroom, change out of your wet clothes and be comfortable again! If the weather goes from hot to cold or cold to hot, you also have a few outfit options available then too!
Navigating the Parks
Depending on the weather while you’re enjoying the parks of Walt Disney World, you may have to change some of your plans. If it does begin to rain, many of the outdoor rides will shut down leaving you to enjoy shows, indoor rides, and Disney’s best restaurants. Here is a list of some of the best Disney World rides that could shut down while it’s raining in each park so you can better prepare for a change in your plans!
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- The Astro Orbiter
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Jungle Cruise
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- Liberty Belle Riverboat
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Expedition Everest
- Triceratops Spin
- The Primeval Whirl
- Most animals will be moved out of their regular habitats and indoors for the duration of the rain.
In the event of a rain storm, many of these outdoor attractions may close down, but don’t worry because there is still a ton to do around the parks during the rain. Many people will sit down for a bite to eat or head back to their resort and wait for the rain to stop. However, rain storms in Florida don’t typically last long.
Head to a few of your favorite indoor rides or go to meet characters while the rain is coming down. After about 30 to 45 minutes, it should lighten up or completely stop. Then, after everyone has fled the parks, you’ll be able to hop on some of your favorite rides with almost no wait!
If you have FastPasses booked for a ride that shuts down for the rain, I would recommend hopping on the MyDisneyExperience app and rebooking your FastPass for an indoor ride or attempt to grab that same FastPass for a few hours later after the rain has subsided.
If you are waiting for a parade when the rain begins, then don’t worry, you’ll get a special treat! While some parades or outdoor shows might be cancelled, other will simply be replaced. For instance, if the Festival of Fantasy parade is cancelled during your stay, then you can still sit back and enjoy the Rainy-Day Cavalcade in Magic Kingdom! This is a rare parade, so you’ll be one of the lucky few to catch it!
Things to Look Forward To
February is one of my favorite months to be in Walt Disney World. The crowds are moderate for the most part, and the weather is nice. Be careful of President’s day week though. You’ll see a large spike in crowd numbers this week. Other than that, you can enjoy Disney in all of its glory.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts should be back in 2020 during the month of February. You’ll be able to enjoy tons of different art forms throughout Epcot during this month. You’ll also be able to enjoy Disney’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park expansion in February 2020. So, heading to Disney in February is a great option overall!
Overall, February is a great month to head to Walt Disney World so long as you prepare for all of the circumstances. It could be a little warmer or a little colder depending on what Florida weather decides to do. You could also experience a little bit of rain. But if you come prepared, you’ll be able to maximize your time and fun at these incredible theme parks!
Be sure to pack clothes for different types of weather while also keeping an eye out for the forecasts up until you leave for your trip! Be sure to grab some cheap, compact ponchos you can throw in your park bag as well as a rain guard for your stroller! If you really want to be prepared, you can also pack some extra changes of clothing in your stroller as well.
Other than that, you’ll be set for an extra magical time at the happiest place on Earth. You’ll enjoy minimal crowds and shorter wait times during February, so be sure to ride everything you can! There are also a few fun things happening in February of 2020 so be sure to check out the Festival of the Arts and Disney’s new park expansion in Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
If you run into a little rain or chilly weather, don’t let it ruin your trip! Come prepared and you’ll have the best time exploring all that Disney World has to offer!
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