Most of the holiday guests depart on the 1st or 2nd, making January one of the favorites for veteran visitors who enjoy the cooler weather and some of the lowest crowds of the year. There’s a surge in attendance over the Martin Luther King Day holiday, and the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, typically scheduled at the beginning of the month, attracts thousands of runners who participate in the events.
Generally speaking, days average in the low seventies and evenings a cool, but pleasant, fifty degrees. Of course, there are exceptions – January has also seen low twenties and high eighties! There is virtually no humidity at this time of year making it the perfect park-hopping season. Pack a variety of clothing that can easily be layered. Often, brisk morning temperatures give way to warmer afternoons, then chilly evenings after the sun sets. It can get particularly nippy on the water after dark, so be sure to bring a jacket if you’ll be using boat transportation after leaving the parks. Check the ten-day forecast at weather.com before you leave and review the contents of your suitcase accordingly, tossing in some extra shorts, or gloves and a warm sweater.
Since pools are heated, there will always those who brave even the coolest weather for a quick dip, and the poolside spas are particularly inviting; just bring a warm cover-up for the walk back to the room!
We’ve also found that there seems to be a bit more magic in the air during these quieter periods. Cast members aren’t as stressed by the demands of huge crowds and can often take the time to make your visit even more special. It’s a great time to enjoy popular attractions which have long wait times during busier months, and you’ll be able to see and do a lot more. Dining reservations are less difficult to secure, and it’s easier to slow down and enjoy your surroundings, take photos, appreciate the details. Guests arriving right after New Year’s Day can still enjoy the Christmas decorations before they’re removed; usually around January 3rd.
Remember, periods of lower attendance are also the times when park hours are shorter and more rehab work is scheduled. Those hoping to catch parades and shows should check days and times before making their plans. Your Whimsical World Travel Concierge will include information about park hours and rehab closures with your final document package so you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy January at Walt Disney World.
Special Events: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Attendance Levels: Generally low with a spike over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. The marathon activities do impact traffic along the course
Weather: Coolest month of the year; highs in the low seventies; lows in high forties to low fifties; average precipitation slightly more than 2 inches
Packing: Layers with an eye on the forecast to add more warm- or cool-weather items