February is a great time to visit the most magical place on earth. The crowds are fairly low and the temperatures aren’t too hot. Plus, there’s the Princess Half Marathon weekend and Valentine’s Day to make the month even sweeter.
But, if you’re visiting Disney World in February what should you pack for your trip? You’re probably wondering if you’ll be able to swim or if you’ll need to pack winter clothes. Though we can’t give you a list of everything you’ll want to pack for your trip, we can help you out with some basic tips and strategies for planning to pack for your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation. Here are some tips to get you started.
The Weather in February
February is a slightly warmer month than January — the coldest month of the year. With average temperatures with a high in the mid-70’s degrees Fahrenheit during the day and low 50’s at night and in the morning, you can expect the weather to be fairly mild throughout the month.
It can be very comfortable during the day but still fairly chilly in the morning and at night, so packing clothes for the cool weather is a pretty good idea. Rain is also fairly common in February, so you may want to consider some rain-gear, like ponchos too.
Of course, the weather in Central Florida can be unpredictable and change from year to year, so don’t forget to double-check the weather forecast for your trip before you start packing!
Like many cooler weather months in Central Florida, you’ll want to pack clothes that you can wear in layers. This means t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, cardigans, jeans, and trousers.
Of course, some days may be warmer than others, so bringing some shorts, capris, or other warmer weather clothes is a good idea too. One of our favorite strategies is to wear several layers of clothes, for example a pair of shorts with a t-shirt and a cardigan or sweatshirt when it’s cooler during the day.
Of course, if you’re in a pinch and forgot to pack enough of warmer or cooler clothes, there’s lots of stores nearby to grab a few essentials. There’s a Walmart near Disney World along with other stores, like Super Target, that make it easy to pick up a few relatively cheap clothes, if you need them.
When it comes to wearing shoes at Disney, you’ll want to make sure you pack shoes that are comfortable. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so tennis shoes and sneakers are your best bets. And, they are perfect for the cooler weather too. Bringing a pair or two of sandals is not a bad idea, but be prepared that you might not wear them as much during your trip.
Because the weather in February can be mild but chilly during the evenings and mornings, shoes like sneakers and tennis shoes are good options. Plus, they’re great to wear in case it rains, and you need shoes that keep your feet dry. If you’re at Disney World during Valentine’s Day and plan on going to a signature dining location, don’t forget to pack some dress shoes for the occasion.
It may be cooler in February, but a lot of people who visit Disney World during this month are still hoping for some time in the pool. If you’re planning on swimming, bring at least a two bathing suits per person traveling.
Disney World and many other resorts in the Central Florida area have heated swimming pools, so even if it’s a bit chilly in the morning or evening, you can still get in a nice swim in during the afternoons. If you forget to bring swimwear, it’s possible to buy bathing suits and other swimming gear in Orlando.
But, because it’s winter, you might not have as many options to buy.
Outerwear and Other Accessories
February is still a fairly cool month considering. And, it’s technically still “winter” for Florida — even though the temperatures are pretty warm compared to other states that have snow. So, you’re going to want to think about packing some outwear and other accessories that are good for cooler weather.
Of course, if you’re coming from a wintery state, you’re probably already going to have a few of these basics on hand already. Don’t forget, packing for Disney World also includes other items besides clothing, and here are a few of our favorites that are good for visiting Florida in February.
Jackets and Coats: February is still pretty cold. In fact, there have been years recently where the temperatures dropped into the low 30’s. That’s very cold for Central Florida! So, bringing at least a light jacket or a winter coat along with you is a pretty good idea. If the temperatures warm up, you won’t have to worry about wearing them. But, if it’s cold, you’ll be glad you have them on hand.
Hats and Mittens: It can get downright cold at night at Disney. If you’re staying at a park late to catch the fireworks, nighttime parades, or enjoy extra magic hours, chances are your hands and head may get a bit cold. Bringing light gloves and hat can help keep you toasty warm while enjoying all the nighttime entertainment Disney has to offer. If you have kiddos, this is a must bring item for your trip.
Ponchos and Umbrellas: If you have space, consider bringing ponchos or a small umbrella with you if the weather is predicting a lot of rain on your trip. Of course, even if you don’t have space for these, you can easily pick up ponchos in the parks themselves, at your resort, or a local store too.
Blankets: This is one of our favorite must pack items for winter weather. A small blanket stored in your backpack or stroller can be perfect for bundling up at night while waiting for a parade or firework.
Sunscreen: Of course, you can’t forget sunscreen — even in February. Just because it’s a cloudy day doesn’t mean you won’t get sunburned. Having sunscreen on hand for your trip is a must-do.
Running Gear: If you’re planning on running the runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend race or just want to get in a good workout, don’t forget to bring your running gear with you. There are some stores like Fit2Run at Disney Springs where you can pick up most running gear, but it’s a good idea to pack what you think you’ll need for the race weekend and any workouts.
Considerations for Kids
If you’re visiting Disney with kids and young adults, you’ll want to think about a few other additional items when it comes to packing the essentials. Here are some things you’ll want to think about packing for kiddos and teenagers that include a few particular considerations for February park touring.
Packing for Children
ID Tags or Card: While we don’t ever want to think about something scary like losing our children in a theme park, it can happen. Having an ID tag or card on hand is a way that you can help identify your children to Disney cast members and provide contact information on how to best reach you while you’re at the Disney theme parks.
Disney themed clothes: Kids love wearing their favorite Disney themed clothes when they’re at Disney. Let them pick out some of their favorites, so they have something fun to wear every single day you’re on vacation. Because February is a cooler month, do pack long sleeves or layers for any t-shirts you might have. For younger children, Disney theme tights or leggings can be a great way to wear Disney clothes while staying warm too.
Costumes: Many children want to dress like their favorite princesses, prince, or pirate. With this in mind, you can pack a costume or two for the trip. But, since February is cold, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket for any dress or costume that won’t keep your child as warm during the winter months in the parks. This way, when the weather warms up during the day, they can easily remove the jacket.
Dress up clothes: If you are planning on going to any signature dining locations, especially during Valentine’s Day, you may want to consider bringing a few fancier clothes for your kiddos, if you’re bringing them along for a family meal. They don’t have to be too fancy either. Just something that will look nice for the meal. Since it’s February, pack slacks, tights, or other easy to pack warm clothes.
Favorite toys: There’s no doubt that children get used to their favorite toys. So, don’t forget to pack their favorite doll, stuffed animal, or toys for the trip.
Wet Naps: Park touring can get messy. Whether they get dirty playing or make a mess with a Mickey Bar, having some wet naps on hand is a good idea for all ages, but especially for kiddos.
Packing for Young Adults
ID Cards: Do make sure your teenagers have their IDs on them at all times. This is especially important if they are park touring without adults.
Deodorant, Face Wash, and Personal Care Items: You’ll want to make sure that your young adults bring the personal care items that they need. This includes deodorant, face wash (especially for those suffering from acne), and even feminine hygiene products. This way they’ll feel comfortable having all the things they need without having to run to a store during the trip.
Phones, Headphones, Phone Chargers: Most young adults like having their technology handy. So, do make sure that they’ve packed headphones, phone chargers, and any other technology they need for the trip.
Bags: Chances are your teenagers may go on an attraction or park tour on their own. If this is the case, make sure they bring a back to pack all their essentials in when they arrive at the theme parks.
Young adults will likely have a lot of the same packing needs adults do, but these additional items are definitely ones that you’ll want to make sure they pack for the trip.
When it comes to packing for visiting Disney World in February, there are a few things to think about. Of course, the weather is a major influence in what you’ll pack and wear in the Disney Parks and Resorts.
But, preparing for any special events or occasions, is another important consideration for packing. February is mild and cool, so wearing clothes that keep you warm when you need to and cool when it’s a bit hot out is the perfect way to tour the park. Dress in layers whenever you can, so that you can maximize your park touring time comfortably throughout your vacation.
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