January 2015 at Disney World

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Recent updates:
November 14, 2014 – park hours updates published
October 26, 2014 – 1 new refurbishment added
September 25, 2014 – two new refurbishments added
September 12, 2014 – park hours updates published
July 18, 2014 – 1 new refurbishment added
June 28, 2014 – Extra Magic Hours updated
June 16, 2014 – park hours and best/worst parks published

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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

  • Liberty Square Riverboat, Magic Kingdom, 1/23/2015 – 1/27/2015
  • Splash Mountain, Magic Kingdom, 1/4/2015 – 1/30/2015
  • Kali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom, 1/20/2015 – 2/4/2015
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom, 1/5/2015 – 3/6/2015

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
  • 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
January 2015 park hours and best/worst parks (PDF)

Avg high: 71° F / Avg low: 49° F

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Available Discounts

Room-only and Play, Stay & Dine package discounts available. Get more details.

See the chart of past discounts for previous promotion dates.

Special Events

January 7-11 – Marathon Weekend

Crowds

January 1-4
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January 5-6
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January 7-11
(Marathon Weekend)
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January 12-16
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January 17-19
(Martin Luther King Day Weekend)
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January 20-31
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