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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.

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Trip planning 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 the calendar 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

  Related articles

  Recent Updates

08/10/2015 - Park hours updates

06/25/2015 - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon refurbishments added

06/18/2015 - Extra Magic Hours and best/worst days added

06/15/2015 - January park hours added, 1 new refurbishment added

  Refurbishment Details

October 25, 2015 - January 2, 2016 - , Blizzard Beach refurbishment (Shop)

October 26, 2015 - December 31, 2017 - Wilderness Lodge Construction, Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, fire pit, nature trail, boat and bike rentals, and spa treatments will be unavailable. The main feature pool will remain open. (Resort)

January 3, 2016 - March 12, 2016 - , Typhoon Lagoon refurbishment (Shop)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

January 6, 2016 - January 10, 2016 - WDW Marathon Weekend

  Crowds

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