Enjoy mild temps and relatively light crowds throughout the month
NEW information for people planning traveling to Walt Disney World in January:
We are monitoring things closely and updating our crowd calendars as new information becomes available.
For more tips and info on traveling to Walt Disney World during this re-opening phase, be sure to read our advice on what you need to know.
Most people visiting Disney World can pack summer clothes since it’s usually hot, but it can be quite cool in January. Pay close attention to the forecast before your trip and plan 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.
Important things to know about traveling in January
We love January at Walt Disney World. It starts off with some of the year's heaviest crowds but finishes with low crowds and cool temps (2 of our favorite things to have when visiting!).
Here's what you need to know:
January Crowds & Park Hours
Disney publishes its park hours about 60 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.
Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a 60-day window.
As the dates get closer, it isn't unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.
That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.
For many Disney World visitors, 60 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 61-90 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.
When it comes to park hours - in general - the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.
In January, that means that you'll typically find the parks open longer at the beginning of the year and around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Here's how we think things will look for 2021:
January 1-3 – very busy time as people use their days off of work/school to vacation at Disney World for the holidays
January 4-10 – moderate crowds as we head towards the previously scheduled WDW Marathon (note: this race has been canceled, but guests with previously scheduled trips may still decide to visit WDW even without the race)
January 11-15 – light crowds before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
January 16-19 – heavy crowds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
January 20-22 – light crowds as holiday breaks wind up
January 23-24 – weekends will likely remain busier than weekdays as Annual Passholders plan their visits around the workweek
January 25-29 – light crowds
January 30-31 – weekends will likely remain busier than weekdays as Annual Passholders plan their visits around the workweek
Prices and Discounts
If you are looking for a good deal, January is typically a prime time to snag one.
Tickets over the busy New Years Holiday and Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend are pricy. But if you can avoid traveling over those dates, you'll find some of the lowest prices of the year.
Also, January has seen discounts of some sort for at least the past 6 years (which is as long as we've been tracking them).