January at Disney World
Enjoy mild temps and relatively light crowds throughout the month

Except for the first days of the month, Marathon Weekend, and MLK weekend, January is mostly low crowds and low prices.

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.

Crowd Calendar
January 2020

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How does our Crowd Calendar work?

Park hours for people visiting in January usually come out in mid-June

Crowd Levels

The "crowd level" compares each day to the rest of the year; it indicates how crowded the entire WDW Resort area is on a scale of 1-10.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10/10 crowd level
  • 1-3 crowd levels
  • 4-7 crowd levels
  • 8-10 crowd levels
  • Recommended Parks

    Using many different factors, we look at which park(s) will be the most and least crowded every day. We then mark a recommendation for each park.

    Magic Kingdom
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Epcot
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Hollywood Studios
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


  • Park recommended
  • Moderate
  • Park not recommended


  • About advanced reservations

  • - Advanced dining reservations: 180 days beforehand when dining reservations open (online at 6 am EST by phone at 7:00 am EST).
  • - On-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 60 days beforehand when people staying onsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • - Off-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 30 days beforehand when people staying offsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • Tips from our ground crew

  • - In general, we recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours (EMH) because they tend to be hte busiest parks that day.
  • - Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.
  • - Exception: Animal Kingdom because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

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