February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s jam-packed with exciting events at our local theme parks! From family-friendly Sesame Street events to Food & Wine festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month.
Walt Disney World
From February 14 – 20, Walt Disney World will have adjusted park hours. If you’re planning to visit the parks on those dates, make a note of these hours of operation:
- Magic Kingdom: 9 AM – 6 PM
- Epcot: 11 AM – 7 PM
- Animal Kingdom: 9 AM – 5 PM
- Hollywood Studios: 10 AM – 7 PM
Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom remains closed for refurbishments through February 19. As of February 1, The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland will no longer be open on weekdays at Magic Kingdom.
As part of the ongoing adjustments made to park operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some experiences are still unavailable at the parks. For the full list of rides and attractions currently operating, check out the guide to Disney World’s reopening process.
You can still experience a Taste of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts through February 22! The modified celebration of culinary, performing, and visual arts takes place.
This month select attractions at the parks will close briefly for refurbishments, including:
- Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges closed for refurbishments from February 1 – February 19.
- Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls will close from February 22 through March 19.
- Kang ‘N Kodos Twirl & Hurl will close briefly from February 2 – 6 and again on February 8 – 13.
Other attractions that remain closed until further notice due to social distancing guidelines include:
- Curious George Goes to Town (Universal Studios)
- Fear Factor Live (Universal Studios)
- Fievel’s Playland (Universal Studios)
- Universal’s Superstar Character Parade (Universal Studios)
- A Day in the Park with Barney (Universal Studios) — CLOSED PERMANENTLY
- Camp Jurassic (Islands of Adventure)
- If I Ran the Zoo (Islands of Adventure)
- Jurassic Park Discovery Center (Islands of Adventure)
- Me Ship, The Olive (Islands of Adventure)
- The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (Islands of Adventure)
- Poseidon’s Fury (Islands of Adventure)
- Storm Force Accelatron (Islands of Adventure)
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is still closed to the public, expected to reopen march 1, 2021.
You can celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando daily starting February 6! During the festival, you’ll experience authentic Mardi Gras entertainment such as street performers, music, and tons of beads. The Carnaval-inspired celebration also includes international cuisine from Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain, and other regions.
Select attractions are still unavailable due to the park’s physical distancing guidelines, including:
- Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (Penguin Habitat is still open)
- Wild Arctic (Animal Exhibit is still open)
- Rosita’s Harmony Hills
- Sky Tower
You can still celebrate Elmo’s Birthday at SeaWorld Orlando for a few more days! The celebration takes place daily in Sesame Street Land through February 3.
The Seven Seas Food Festival is back at SeaWorld Orlando starting February 5. This year, the culinary celebration takes over the park every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 9. This year’s festivities include returning favorites along with exciting new menu items. Guests can also enjoy live music at Bayside Stadium on event days.
Busch Gardens Tampa
The following Busch Gardens attractions are currently closed at the park due to physical distancing guidelines:
- Congo River Rapids
- Wild Surge
At Busch Gardens, families can enjoy Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends in the Safari of Fun every Saturday and Sunday through February 15. The park’s Mardi Gras celebration also takes place on select days through February 16.
Busch Gardens’ annual Food and Wine Festival returns on February 20 with a variety of delicious food and beverage locations set up around the park every weekend through April 25.
Brick Beard’s Watersports Stunt Show makes it LEGOLAND Florida debut on February 12! The thrilling new show features never-before-seen characters, original music, epic new stunts, and so much more.
In honor of Brickbeard’s new water stunt show, he and his pirate friends are taking over the park on select dates this month. The first-ever LEGO pirate invasion starts on February 12. Each weekend through February 28, you can enjoy new pirate characters, themed LEGO build activities, tasty grub, and other exclusive entertainment.