The first two weeks of “daily analysis” for February 2012 is up. February is an interesting month for a few reasons. In particular, this year we have some uncertainty regarding the Fantasmic schedule. At the moment, all signs point to a refurbishment from January 5th through February 12th. This could change once Disney ultimately decides what they want to do. I’m not expecting any substantive changes to the show during the refurbishment. However, Disney may surprise us and announce a new show or a major update to the current production. Second, February really runs the gamut as far crowd levels are concerned. We open the month with low overall crowd levels. School is in session, there aren’t any special events, it’s relatively cold, and it’s just not a popular time to visit. That continues for about two and a half weeks. Then, President’s Day takes over and crowds increase quite a bit. In 2012, President’s Day also coincides with Mardis Gras, and we can expect a lot of Louisianians (if that’s a word) in town. While most schools only get the 20th off, some schools do take the whole week off for a “mid-winter break.” We can see that Disney is expecting additional demand because they’ve categorized the 16th to the 25th as “Peak” and “President’s Day” seasons, which are among the most expensive. We also have added evening entertainment and extended operating hours over that week. Crowds disperse quite a bit at the end of the month as we gear up for spring break.
Overall, February is a fine month to visit overall, though not a whole lot of additional stuff is going on. When you consider crowd levels, that’s not such a bad thing if you can swing a trip in the first half of the month or one that begins at the very end of the month.