Disney World in January can be described as a quite time. It has mild temps and for the most part mild crowds as well. It is important to note that this is a popular time for refurbishments at Disney World and you should check to see what is closed. This avoids any heartbreak on a ride being closed when you arrive.
The Weather in Disney During January
Visiting during this month it’s important to keep close on the weather forecast leading up to your trip. The weather on average ranges from the mid 50s to the low 70s. Be warned, much like December, we have seen unseasonable heat waves as well as freak cold snap that included a hard frost. Needless to say it’s best to pack at least one pair of shorts in that suitcase along with several sweaters and winter coat if you can squeeze it. Really unfortunately packing light is harder during this month and you will need to pack for a wide range of weather possibilities.
For more on what to pack check out our FREE: The Ultimate Disney Packing List.
Disney Events in January
Special Holiday Events
Believe it or not some holiday events do spill over into the beginning of January. If you visit during the first half of the month many of the Christmas decorations will still be up as they slowly start to remove them from the resort. There are so many holiday events happening at every park, the hotels and Disney Springs that we had to move it all over to it’s own article to give it proper justice. To find out what events are running into January read A Complete List of Walt Disney World Holiday Offerings.
Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts
This event returns for a second year in a row! This year the festival will run January 12 to February 19, 2018 at Epcot. The difference is this year the event will run the entire time and not just be excluded to the weekends. If you missed the event in 2017 it includes phenomenal artists, food booths around World Showcase, broadway musical performances, stage productions and other amazing acts.
Walt Disney World Marathon
The marathon runs from Jan 3, 2018 – Jan 7, 2018 and attracts a large crowd of people, as all RunDisney events do. The wildly popular RunDisney marathons typically sell out months in advanced, if not instantly! The marathons run through the Disney World theme parks after hours and feature character meet and greet opportunities along the way. It’s a really unique opportunity if you are up for a run on your vacation!
Disney World in January Crowd Calendar
January 2018 Disney Crowd Calendar
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