January 2015 at Disney World

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January at Disney World can best be characterized as mild temps, relatively light crowds and lots of refurbishments.

After the first few days of the month, Disney World is mostly low crowds and low prices. However, going during a time when there’s less people visiting comes with a negative side: Disney likes to take that opportunity to do several refurbishments so people traveling in January will miss out on some attractions.

Some tips for traveling in January:

  • Although most people think low crowds = less planning, 1 thing that is more important to plan during lower crowds is figuring out the best park for each day of your trip. During busy times, the crowds are spread more evenly across the parks since nighttime entertainment is offered nightly. When traveling in January, you should pay special attention to the best/worst parks chart (linked in the upper right of this page) to avoid the busiest crowds.
  • Most people visiting Disney World can pack summer clothes since it’s usually hot but it can be quite cool in January. I suggest planning to wear layers. Start the day with a jacket and/or long sleeves and then remove layers as the temperatures warm up. Some people do swim in January, but not too many.

Refurbishments/closures scheduled for January

Scheduled for refurbishment Location Dates to be closed
None announced for January 2015 yet. These were the refurbishments for 2014:
Monorail Magic Kingdom loop 1/21/2014 – end of March, closed 11am – 7pm on weekdays
Festival of the Lion King Animal Kingdom 1/5/2014 – 6/30/2014 (exact reopening date unknown at this time)
Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 1/6/2014 – 3/21/2014
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway Magic Kingdom 1/6/2014 – 1/12/2014
Casey’s Corner (Quick Service restaurant) Magic Kingdom 1/6/2014 – 2/15/2014
Studio Backlot Tour Hollywood Studios 1/5/2014 – 3/1/2014
Blizzard Beach Water Park 12/22/2014 – 3/16/2014
Liberty Square Riverboat Magic Kingdom 1/21/2014 – 1/30/2014

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Trip checklist

June or earlier: book your hotel, make your daily plans and choose dining options
July or early August: (180 days before your trip begins – use chart on right side to see the exact date): make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. Eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern)
September – November: book flights (tips on finding best flights)
November or early December (60 days before your trip begins): check in online and make FastPass+ reservations
December or earlier: set up Magical Express, purchase Memory Maker and order groceries
January: pack (packing list to help you) and go to Disney World!
February: finalize PhotoPass pics and order within 45 days after your trip
Quick Reference

These hours are from January 2014. January 2015 hours should be out in mid-June.

January 2014 park hours and best/worst parks (PDF)

Avg high: 71° F / Avg low: 49° F

When to book dining reservations

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Available Discounts

No current discounts available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

Special Events

January 7-11 – Marathon Weekend


January 1-4

January 5-6

January 7-11
(Marathon Weekend)

January 12-16

January 17-19
(Martin Luther King Day Weekend)

January 20-31