Pack Smart: What to Wear at Disney World in February

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Are you planning a trip to Disney World this February and wondering about what to wear for your magical vacation? With varying temperatures and a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, choosing the right clothes can be tricky. With quite a few winter trips to the theme parks under my belt, I’ve come up with the perfect list of what to wear at Disney World in February.

Actually, February is one of my favorite months to visit Walt Disney World. The weather is more temperate than the steamy summer, and the days typically warm up nicely. Plus, the parks (aside from President’s Day weekend) tend to be less crowded. For several years, the end of January/beginning of February was always the weekend I took my son on our annual mother/son Disney trip.

Water view in Epcot

Weather in February at Disney World

Heading to Disney World in February? You’re in for a treat with the weather! Unlike the sticky, hot days of summer, February in Orlando offers a more comfortable climate. Take it from someone who’s visited the parks in every month of the year – February is one of the best weather-wise.

You can expect mild temperatures with average highs around 71-75 degrees Fahrenheit (although it’s been as high as the low 80s when we visited in February before) – perfect for enjoying the parks without the intense heat. Mornings and evenings can be cooler, with lows ranging from 49-55 degrees. This variability means layering is your friend.

Remember, Florida weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to check the forecast before you pack. On our last trip in early February, we had three days with highs of 82 and one day with a high of 60. That’s a twenty-degree swing!

Wearing a raincoat while at Epcot

Essential Clothing Items for Disney in February

Regardless of whether you’re gearing up for a day at Magic Kingdom, one of the other theme parks, or relaxing at your resort, having the right clothes ensures your trip is as enjoyable as possible. Thanks to years of packing experience I’ve pinned down the best mix of what to wear to Disney World in February.

When planning what to wear at Disney World in February, the key is to balance comfort with versatility. Start with a base layer of lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, ideal for the cooler mornings. These can easily be paired with comfortable long pants, such as jeans or leggings, which are perfect for the park’s varied activities. On warmer afternoons, having a few short-sleeved tops in your bag can be a game-changer.

A light jacket, cardigan, or cozy sweatshirt is essential for the brisk mornings and evenings. These can be easily removed and carried or tied around the waist during the day as the temperature rises. Layering is your best strategy to adapt to the day’s changing temperatures. If the lows are in the 60s, my favorite Disney World outfit starts with shorts, a short-sleeved shirt, and a jacket or cardigan. Or, if it’s a little cooler, I’ll do the same but with pants instead of shorts or a sweatshirt instead of short sleeve shirts.

If the weather looks like it’s going to be cold (and temps in the 40s and 50s will feel cold in Florida), dress a little warmer. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s not fun to be at the parks when you are cold – nothing is worse than trying to have fun while you are shivering. And although I love coffee and hot chocolate, I can only drink so much to stay warm.

One thing I like to add to my Disney packing list if the temps look to be a little bit cooler or rain is expected is my lightweight rainjacket – it kept me dry during an entire DAY of tropical storm weather on a recent winter trip. Plus, it has pockets which makes it easy to keep my phone handy, and it’s so lightweight that it’s comfortable to wear all day.

⛈️ Here is the jacket I love – check out the pockets, longer length, and hood – perfect for a rainy day at Disney World!

Lastly, accessories like hats, sunglasses, and a small, lightweight rain poncho or umbrella are crucial. They don’t take up much space in your bag and can make a big difference in your comfort and enjoyment throughout the day. A hat and/or sunglasses will protect you from the Florida sun, while the poncho will keep you dry during those sudden, brief showers common in the area.

Finally, a few tips on the pants/shorts/jackets you choose. One – pick items that can be layered easily, and two – pick items with pockets. Pockets are critical at Disney World as an easy way to keep yourself from losing your phone!

Layers are key for Disney World in the winter. Here I am standing in front of a mural in Epcot in February.

Choosing the Right Footwear for Disney

Choosing the right footwear for Disney World in February is crucial for a comfortable experience. I love cute shoes and have quite a few in my closet. But, at Disney, you’ll want to prioritize shoes that offer both comfort and support, as you’ll likely be on your feet for hours while exploring the parks. Athletic shoes or well-cushioned sneakers are ideal choices, but make sure you have worn them before and they are well broken in.

Also, consider the potential for rain and water rides. Packing a pair of waterproof sandals or shoes can save you from walking around in wet footwear. That’s why my sketcher sandals are always my first choice if it’s warm enough. These are especially useful if you plan to enjoy attractions like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids. If it’s cold and I don’t plan on doing water rides, but do anticipate rain during the day I wear my Allbirds as they dry quickly.

So, even if you love shoes like I do, suck it up and wear comfortable shoes when you are in the Disney parks. You’ll have a much better day and experience if your feet don’t hurt!

🌟Pam’s insider tip: My sketchers are so comfortable, dry quickly, and are affordable. I’ve been known to bring three or four pairs in different colors and no other shoes for a trip to Disney!

Swimwear to Pack for Disney World in February

Packing swimwear for Disney World in February is a good idea. Despite it being winter, the weather in Florida can be warm enough for swimming, especially for kids – they just don’t seem to care! Plus, Disney’s pools are heated, making them comfortable to use year-round. A quick swim can be a refreshing break from park activities or a fun end to your day.

Even if it’s cold out, relaxing in the hot tub with a beverage is a wonderful way to help with sore muscles from walking the parks! We almost always do this on our February trips – another reason to have those flip-flops even if the weather is cold!

Tree at Animal Kingdom

Extra Items to Pack for a Trip to Disney in February

When packing for Disney World in February, besides the usual essentials, there are a few extra items you should consider:

  1. Rain Gear: A compact umbrella or disposable rain poncho can be a lifesaver during unexpected showers – although I like my rain jacket, I also bring a disposable poncho just in case.
  2. Portable Phone Charger: With the heavy use of the My Disney Experience app for navigating the parks, checking wait times, and making reservations, your phone’s battery can drain quickly. A portable charger ensures you stay connected all day.
  3. Water Bottles: Staying hydrated is key, and having a refillable water bottle saves money and reduces waste. There are plenty of places to refill them in the parks.
  4. Snacks: Pack some non-perishable snacks to keep energy levels up and save on food costs. Items like granola bars, nuts, or fruit snacks are convenient and easy to carry. If you are flying consider having these items sent to your room via Instacart or Amazon Prime – this has worked really well for us.
  5. Sun Protection: Even in February, the Florida sun can be strong. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are important to protect against sunburn and eye strain.
  6. First Aid Kit: A small kit with essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and blister pads can be very useful for minor scrapes or headaches.
  7. Entertainment for Lines: Small, portable games or activities can help pass the time while waiting in lines, especially if traveling with children.

These additional items will help ensure a more comfortable and stress-free Disney World experience.

A light jacket is an item on my what to wear at Disney World in February list!

What NOT to Pack for Your February Disney World Trip

For your trip to Disney World in February, it’s important to consider what not to pack to make your journey smoother. You won’t need heavy winter gear, as Florida’s climate is quite mild this time of year – layers are a better choice. Formal wear is generally unnecessary, as the atmosphere at Disney World is casual. If we plan on a fancy dinner, I might pack a simple sundress that I can wear with a cardigan and sandals.

There’s no need to bring large towels if you’re staying at a Disney resort, as they are provided at the pools, although I would bring a coverup as that walk back to your room can be chilly! It’s best to limit footwear to a comfortable walking pair and a waterproof option, if needed, to save luggage space. Lastly, opt for a smaller bag or backpack for convenience in the parks, as larger bags can be a hassle and you’ll get tired of carrying them by the end of the day.

Riding the skyliner at Disney World in the winter

Tips for What to Pack in Your Disney Park Bag

I always carry the same things in my Disney park bag, no matter what time of the year. As my kids are older, I don’t have to carry stuff for them anymore, so I try to keep everything in a small crossbody (loving this one right now) or a string bag. And since I like to travel light, I typically only pack the following items:

  • Sunglasses (although they are often on my head!)
  • chapstick
  • credit card (just one), Disney passes
  • EpiPen & Benadryl (although Disney is excellent with food allergies)
  • pen/pencil (great for checking off items at the festivals in Epcot)
  • phone charger & charging code
  • disposable rain poncho
  • Advil/Tylenol/etc.
  • Hand sanitizer

And that’s it! This really hasn’t varied for dozens of trips, and I’ve never felt like I needed anything else. Back in the day when the kids were little, I’d bring a backpack, but we also had a stroller.

Painting at Festival of the Arts in Epcot

Special Events in February at Disney World

A few special events are happening in February at Disney World, although not as many as some of the other months (like October or December). This is one of the reasons it’s typically a “slower” month (although slower is relative in Disney as I don’t think there is really any slow month anymore).

During most of February, the Festival of the Arts is still happening in Epcot – and although not nearly as big as Food & Wine, it’s still a fun festival. I especially love some of the activities like creating a mural and watching the sidewalk chalk artists (they are amazing). The food is good too, and very pretty – so when we are in Epcot in February I do my best to attend!

The end of February is the Princess Half Marathon and this can bring serious crowds, so watch for those dates and plan accordingly. Presidents Day weekend can also be quite busy as many schools have that Monday off, so it’s a nice long weekend for lots of families.

Finally, if you plan to visit over Valentine’s Day and want to enjoy a special meal somewhere, make your dining reservations early – restaurants will be booked. And, keep your eyes out for fun snacks and drinks around the parks near Valentine’s Day too!

🍴If you can’t get the dinner reservation you want, check out Mouse Dining. They have a free service (and a paid one), and it’s helped me successfully get quite a few tough-to-book reservations!

Outside at Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World

Where to Stay in Disney World in February

I’m always going to suggest staying on-site at Disney as my first recommendation (I’m typing this from one of our favorites, Riveria Resort right now!). Not only do you get some perks like early entry, but you can forgo renting a car and just use Disney transportation.

However there are some excellent nearby hotels in the Disney Springs area (notably the highly rated Drury Suites), or you could stay “on property” at the Swan, the new Swan Reserve, or the Dolphin which aren’t Disney resorts but have similar perks.

Finally, if you plan on doing other things in the Orlando area, a nearby condo or resort might be a better choice. We’ve stayed at many of them through the years and a few favorites include the Margaritaville Resort and the Hyatt Grand Cypress.

🚗Staying off site? Check Discover Cars for terrific rental rates – here’s the link!

Eating at Rose & Crown in Epcot in the winter.

FAQs: What to Wear at Disney World in February

Is it cold at Disney World in February?

The average high is 70 – 75 degrees although it can get colder in the evening and early morning.

Can you wear shorts to Disney in February?

Yes, although you’ll probably want a jacket or sweatshirt to go with them, or maybe pants for cooler nights.

Is it warm enough to swim at Disney World?

If you stay at a Disney property, the pools are heated, so you could definitely swim. And if it’s cooler, the hot tubs are wonderful.

Is February crowded at Disney World?

Aside from special events, the crowds are moderate.

What to wear and what not to wear at Disney?

Wear comfortable clothing, but nothing offensive.

Does it rain a lot at Disney World in February?

It doesn’t rain a lot in February at Disney World, but you might experience intermittent showers here and there.

Winter trip with my son at Epcot

Conclusion: What to Wear to Disney in February

Preparing for a February trip to Disney World is all about striking a balance between comfort and practicality. From our trips that month, I’ve found that layered clothing, comfortable footwear, and essential accessories like rain gear and sun protection will ensure you’re prepared for any weather Florida throws your way.

Remember to pack light and smart, focusing on items that enhance your experience while avoiding unnecessary extras. By following these tips and packing smartly, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy everything Disney World has to offer in February!

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