Walt Disney World in February – Special Events, Ride Closures, Attraction Refurbishments, and Crowd Levels

January 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in February that you need to know about:

Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Warnings for February 2010 

1.      Presidents Day Week & Mardi Gras – February 13 – 19, 2010 – This year a 3-Day weekend & Mardi Gras fall on the same week in 2010. Each of these always increases the crowds a bit but the combination of the two will cause crowds to climb to the moderately high level. Disney doesn’t have specific Mardi Gras events but it does draw a good number of Louisiana residents fleeing their own state as the crowds come in to party. Universal Orlando also has some Mardi Gras related activities that bring some people into the Orlando area.  Have a good touring plan to help you manage crowds.

3.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered February 4, 7, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 25, & 28.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive 60-90 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.  Disney may add a second, later performance on certain evenings during busier times – if they do, the later showing of Fantasmic! will always be less crowded than the earlier one   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children. If you are concerned, we’ve written an entire article detailing the various aspects that may be frightening to your child.    See:  http://www.squidoo.com/Fantasmic-at-walt-disney-world

4.     SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is not offered every night and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on February 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, & 27.    If Disney offers a second evening parade, the later parade will be less crowded than the earlier.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest)!  Crowds will be low for most of the month and these low crowd times are really the only time we recommend taking in the Extra Magic Hours.   We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park February 12th – February 19th.    Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important to pay attention to Extra Magic Hours if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

6.     A good touring plan is still important during low crowds.   Shorter hours and fewer show times mean that some advance planning will make sure you see and do the things that are important to you. We provide three choices for custom touring plans – 1) a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, a highly respected online planning service and Disney planning community with 45,000 members, 2) the 2010 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the most popular guide book available with information on every resort, restaurant, attraction and activity, and 3) our Assisted Service, where we select the most appropriate touring plans and provide advice for customization for your specific group based on your preferences – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip

Special Events at Walt Disney World in February 2010

1.      ESPN The Weekend – February 26 – 28thDisney’s Hollywood Studios and  the ESPN Wide World of Sports.   Annual event with professional athletes and ESPN television personalities, athlete motorcades,  Fan Q&A sessions, and live TV Telecasts.   The Champion 5K at ESPN the Weekend presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods is Saturday, February 27th.   For more information see www.espntheweekend.com

2.      Celebrate Tonight – Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini Street Parties featuring a DJ and stilt walkers lead dances, the limbo, party games, and sign-alongs.  They only last about 20 minutes each but are a lot of fun.  Sunday – Thursday:  intermittently 5:00pm– 11:00pm.  Friday – Saturday:  intermittently 6:00pm– Midnight.  Check on the hour and half hour.

 Temporary Attraction Closures & refurbishments at WDW

  • Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will be closed from January 3rd – February 27th, 2010
  • Crystal Palace Restaurant (Magic Kingdom) will be closed from January 3rd – February 15th, 2010.  During this time, character meals will be offered at Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom).
  • Backlot Tour (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed from February 15th – March 27th, 2010
  • Studios Catering Company (Counter-Service Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed from February 15th – March 27th, 2010
  • Living with the Land (Epcot) will be closed from January 18th – February 5th, 2010
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (water park) – will be closed January 10th – March 20th for its annual refurbishment.
  • Luna Pool–  Disney’s Boardwalk Inn will be closed from January 18th – early February. 
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Theme Park Touring Plans

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  •  Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Theme Park Touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  We will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World or assist you with our own plans.  The choice is yours.   

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.htm

 You can purchase vacation planning services & touring plans from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

If you have questions or are interested in our services:

  •  just call us toll free at 877-815-6515
  •  or use the online form    

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
International callers: 719-495-5698

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