Whatever the month, holidays and special events affect crowds and touring at Walt Disney World. As part of TouringPlans.com commitment to provide the best possible touring information, here’s what’s coming up in February:
February 6, 2011: Super Bowl Sunday
On February 6, 2011, at 6:30pm ET, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in the epic battle that will be Super Bowl XLV. Crowds in the parks will not be greatly affected, but, for those who want to watch the game, check out Ryan Kilpatrick’s post on where to watch within WDW. Since the few places on property get very crowded, very quickly, it might be better to look off site. A top choice for many sports fans is Orlando Ale House on Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Alternatively, there is Frogger’s Grill & Bar or Friday’s Front Row, both in Orlando. Remember, this is one of the biggest sports days of the year and it is important to show up early wherever you choose to enjoy the game.
Usually, after the game, players on the winning team are asked what they are going to do next. Of course the correct response is “I’m going to Disney World!” In the past, key members were featured in a parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom the week following their big win. In 2010, the victory parade was on the Monday after the Super Bowl, and will in all likelihood be on the same day this year.
February 14: Valentine’s Day
As with Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day will not have a huge impact on crowd levels, but those wishing to celebrate will need to plan ahead. For a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World suggests several wonderful restaurants that set the perfect mood. In the parks, some suggestions are Bistro de Paris, Tutto Italia Ristorante, both in Epcot, or The Hollywood Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios. Outside of the parks, there are even more options. Downtown Disney has Fulton’s Crab House, Paradiso 37, and Portabello; Disney’s Boardwalk has Flying Fish and Kouzzina. In the resorts there are Citricos, Narcoossee’s, and Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridan, Jiko-The Cooking Place at Animal Kindom Lodge’s Jambo House, Shula’s Steak House at the Dolphin, and Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge. At the time of this writing, all of the restaurants listed, with the exception of Victoria and Albert’s, still have Advanced Dining Reservations available for a dinner for two.
February 19-21: President’s Day Weekend
President’s Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year at Disney World. The entire weekend, as well as the following week, the Crowd Calendar is predicting 9′s and 10′s. With crowds like that it is best to be prepared. Use the Crowd Calendar to help pick your parks, plan to be at the turnstiles at least 45 minutes before Rope Drop, and take advantage of the Holiday Touring Plans.
In celebration of the holiday, TouringPlans.com will hold a meet at 4pm the following Friday, February 25th, hosted by blogger Kristen Helmstetter. Kristen has a special love for the Hall of Presidents (she even wrote her senior thesis on it) and is excited to share one of her favorite attractions. Come and enjoy it with her!
February 25-27: Princess Half Marathon Weekend
The last weekend in February brings the Princess Half Marathon. There are several races during the weekend in addition to the half marathon, including kids races and a family 5K. The courses will be set up through and around the parks, including in the streets, which will, in addition to crowds, affect traffic. There will be more information on this event in an upcoming blog post.