Here’s the preliminary February 2013 Crowd Calendar image:
As usual, click for a larger image. If you have no idea what any of the numbers/symbols mean (and really who does), read the top of this page, beginning with “Here’s a quick explanation” underneath the list of updates. The first two weeks in February see lean crowds. With Mardis Gras falling early on February 12th, we’re going to see a bump in Louisiana visitation that week as the whole state basically gets the week off. I always get excited over Maris Gras because I think that I keep seeing Washington Husky paraphernalia in the Parks. Of course, it’s just LSU fans. A word to the wise, I’ll be blocking the IPs of everyone in Louisiana between September 1st and 15th, the week before and after the Huskies get demolished in Baton Rouge.
Then things start to get crowded as we look towards President’s Day on the 18th. Much of the south gets that whole week off. Other schools get the 15th and 18th off, which makes it relatively easy to pop over to Walt Disney World for a four or five night vacation. If possible, you’ll want to avoid February 14th – February 23rd because it will be very crowded and very expensive to stay on site. The Princess Half Marathon keeps crowds heavy through the 24th. After that, it’s low crowds through the first 10 days or so in March. If any week works, I’d do the first or last week in February. The last two weeks in January are also low on crowds.
Because Disney neglected to release the January 2013 Extra Magic Hours scheduled until a few days ago, I’m behind on the Daily Analysis. I’ll try to get January done in the next couple of days and then it’s on to February. With a standard Extra Magic Hours schedule and not a lot of variance in the recommendations from week to week, it shouldn’t take a ton of time.