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

Except for the first days of the month, Marathon Weekend, and MLK weekend, January 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 often miss out on some attractions.

Most people visiting Disney World can pack summer clothes since it's usually hot, but it can be quite cool in January. I suggest paying close attention to the forecast before your trip and 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.

(Example alerts: "park hours just released," "event tickets just went on sale")

Explanation of park recommendations and abbreviations below
In general, I recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours because they tend to be the busiest parks that day. Animal Kingdom is an exception because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.

MK = Magic Kingdom, EP = Epcot, HS = Hollywood Studios, AK = Animal Kingdom,
TL = Typhoon Lagoon, BB = Blizzard Beach, EMH = Extra Magic Hour
 

What the dates in each day of the calendar mean
(click the + sign beside each date to add it to your calendar):
When guests can start making Advanced Dining Reservations
When onsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
When offsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
Park colors:
Suggested park
Moderately suggested park
Park not suggested

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, make dining reservations (website is available at 6 a.m. eastern, phone lines are open at 7 a.m. Eastern). Use the dates on the calendar to show you when to do that.

September - November: book flights (tips on finding best flights)

November or early December: if you're staying onsite, you can start making FastPass+ reservations 60 days before your trip begins. Use dates on the calendar to see when you can start making FP+ reservations online beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. You can also check in online for your resort room if you'd like.

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

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  Recent Updates

07/24/2017 - Park hours published

02/22/2017 - Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs expansion and construction notes added

  Refurbishment Details

February 22, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Caribbean Beach - construction refurbishment, In addition to extensive construction throughout the resort, Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and Calypso Trading Post at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will all be closed starting May 1st, 2017 (Resort)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

May 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018 - Old Port Royale construction and refurbishment, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

June 26, 2017 - July 31, 2018 - Jaleo - Opening in 2018, (Dining)

  Available Discounts

No discounts currently available.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

  Special Events

January 3, 2018 - January 7, 2018 - WDW Marathon Weekend

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