Disneyland in February: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Take your sweetheart to Disneyland for Valentine’s Day
Take your sweetheart to Disneyland for Valentine’s Day. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

February may be Disneyland's quietest month, after Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World have re-opened and before spring break is in full swing. The parks' opening hours are shorter than in the summer, but they aren't crowded, and the wait times are short.

On the downside, nighttime parades and evening shows like World of Color, Fantasmic!, and the fireworks may not happen every day, especially during the week.

To celebrate Valentine's Day, you may find heart-shaped balloons for sale and Valentine-themed foods.

Check more pros and cons of visiting Disneyland in winter.

Disneyland Crowds in February

In general, February is relatively uncrowded at Disneyland. If you go during the week, you may feel like you have the place almost all to yourself. President's Day (third Monday of February) may bring slightly larger crowds.

Some folks say Disneyland is less busy on Super Bowl Sunday, but now that the secret's out, too many people take advantage of the idea, and it gets more hectic than usual. If the winning team says they're going to Disneyland to celebrate, expect crowds when they arrive as their fans flock to the park to see them.

If you have a hard time finding a hotel room at a reasonable rate when forecasted crowds are low and there aren't any other events you know of, there might be a big convention going on at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is just across the street from Disneyland. You can check the schedule on their website.

Disneyland Weather in February

February is the rainiest month in Anaheim on average, and all of that rain sometimes falls on a single day. Disneyland never closes because of rain, but rides with outdoor tracks may close for safety precautions.

At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 3 F (-1 C), and its record high was 108 F (42 C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

  • Average High Temperature: 68 F (20 C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 50 F (10 C)
  • Rain: 3 inches (6 cm)
  • Rainfall: 5 days
  • Daylight: 10 hours
  • Sunshine: 8 hours
  • UV Index: 4

February Closures at Disneyland

The less-busy season in terms of visitors is the busy time for the Disneyland maintenance team with major closures happening this time of year. Check touringplans.com for a list of rides that are expected to be closed for refurbishment.

Disneyland's February Hours

Disneyland's hours are generally shorter when the days are shorter. These are the typical hours in February, but California Adventure hours are often shorter than Disneyland's. Check the official February hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

  • Monday through Thursday: Open 10 to 11 hours per day
  • Friday through Sunday: Open 11 to 16 hours per day

What to Pack

The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.

On average, February is the rainiest month in Anaheim. If rain is predicted, take a poncho or hooded rain jacket, but we don't recommend an umbrella. It's hard to move around a theme park while carrying one, and they're a nuisance to stow every time you want to go on a ride.

February temperatures can be cool to chilly, especially after the sun goes down. If you want to enjoy the water rides, wear something that will dry out quickly. Soggy blue jeans get annoyingly uncomfortable after a couple of hours. A simple plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If it all seems like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.

Packing experts suggest creating a capsule wardrobe for travel. You can find suggestions for the number of tops, bottoms, layers, and shoes you need at Classy Yet Trendy. For Disneyland in February, choose short to mid-length sleeved tops, full-length bottoms, light to mid-weight outer layers that are rainproof if it's in the forecast. Shoes should first and foremost be comfortable.

Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the girls' guide to packing for Disneyland.

February Events at Disneyland

The Lunar New Year begins when the sun and moon begin their journey together for another year. In honor of that, California Adventure park puts on a celebration in Disney style, when you can enjoy Mulan’s Procession and other Asian-themed performances. You may find Disney characters in seasonal costumes, and you can participate in free arts and crafts activities. And even if it’s not the Year of the Pig, you can pig out on Asian-themed food with an unmistakable Disney twist. It usually starts toward the end of January, but you can check this year’s calendar for the schedule.

February Travel Tips

  • The website isitpacked.com says February isn't too busy in general. To get a day-by-day prediction, use their crowd forecast calendar.
  • During the Lunar New Year celebration at California Adventure, kids can get their faces painted for free. Make that one of your first stops so you can get maximum enjoyment (and photos).
  • If you want to sample the Asian foods at the Lunar New Year celebration, start by looking at the menus and decide how many you want to taste. If you're going to eat enough of them, consider getting a Sip and Savor pass to save money. 
  • Disney often offers promotional deals in February, selling adult tickets for the kids' price or Park Hoppers at the cost of a one park per day ticket. Check their website for details.
  • February is an excellent time to find hotel deals, especially if you go mid-week and have a flexible schedule.