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

11/18/2017 - Additional showings of River of Light added for January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

10/25/2017 - Splash Mountain refurbishment added

10/16/2017 - Kali River Rapids refurbishment added

09/07/2017 - Grand Floridian Beach Pool and the Pool Bar & Grill refurbishment added (exact end date unknown)

09/01/2017 - Entire month - Animal Kingdom now closing at 8p instead of 7p

07/24/2017 - Park hours published

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

  Refurbishment Details

January 6, 2016 - January 31, 2018 - Caribbean Beach Resort - Jamaica Pool refurbishment, (Resort)

January 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Runoff Rapids refurbishment, (Attraction)

January 31, 2017 - June 30, 2019 - Coronado Springs - construction, Major construction and a reconfiguration of the resort currently under way. (Resort)

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 1, 2018 - Banana Cabana 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)

August 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019 - Art of Animation - Disney Skyliner construction, Construction of the new Disney gondola system known as the "Disney Skyliner" has begun at Art of Animation. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

September 1, 2017 - December 1, 2018 - Shutters closed during Caribbean Beach refurbishment, (Dining)

September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018 - Old Key West - room refurbishments, Rooms at Old Key West are being refurbished, however, there is no impact to amenities and while it is possible that construction may be seen or heard, noise should not be noticeable between dusk and 9am. (Resort)

September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018 - Boardwalk Inn & Villas refurbishment, Boardwalk Inn and Boardwalk Villas are undergoing some general refurbishment projects., however, there is no impact on any of the resort amenities including dining and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. (Resort)

October 25, 2017 - June 30, 2018 - Woody’s Lunch Box - opening in Summer 2018, (Dining)

October 25, 2017 - June 30, 2018 - Woody’s Lunch Box - opening in Summer 2018, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - July 31, 2019 - NBA Experience (opening summer 2019), (Attraction)

November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018 - Pizza Ponte (dinner) - Coming Winter 2017-18, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018 - Maria & Enzo’s - Coming Winter 2017-18, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018 - Pizza Ponte - Coming Winter 2017-18, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018 - Enzo’s Hideaway - Coming Winter 2017-18, (Dining)

November 2, 2017 - February 28, 2018 - Maria & Enzo’s - Coming Winter 2017-18, (Dining)

November 20, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Pool Bar & Grill refurbishment (exact end date unknown), (Dining)

November 20, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Grand Floridian Resort - Beach Pool refurbishment (end date unknown), (Resort)

November 20, 2017 - January 31, 2018 - Grand Floridian Resort - Beach Pool refurbishment (end date unknown), (Resort)

January 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018 - Port Orleans - French Quarter room refurbishment, Rooms at Port Orleans - French Quarter will be undergoing a refurbishment however direct impact on guests will be minimal. No noise should be heard between dawn and 9am and no amenities, including pools and dining, will be impacted. (Resort)

January 2, 2018 - February 9, 2018 - Kali River Rapids refurbishment, (Attraction)

January 7, 2018 - April 30, 2018 - Stitch closed (open seasonally), (Attraction)

January 8, 2018 - February 1, 2018 - Splash Mountain Refurbishment, (Attraction)

  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

January 19, 2018 - Disney After Hours

January 26, 2018 - Disney After Hours

January 30, 2018 - Disney After Hours

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