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Guide to Going to Disney World in January

Are you going to planning a trip to Disney World in January? If you wait until after New Years to visit Disney World, you are going to find it a great time to visit with lower park attendance and new experiences to enjoy. Wondering about crowds, weather, and park experiences in January? We have everything you need to know!

Going to Disney World in January

Guide to Going to Disney World in January

If you are visiting January 2022, you will be glad to know that the parks are still celebrating Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. This means you are going to get to experience some new & exciting things!

Crowds at Disney Parks

Crowds at Disney World in January

While Disney World is crowded nearly every month, there are only two major parts of January that you need to avoid.

If you have studied our Disney World crowd calendar, you know that historically, January can be busy most weekends due to events.

Dates to Avoid:

January 1-5: Winter Break for most schools
January 6-9: Marathon Weekend
January 14-16: UCA & UDA Nationals (Cheer and Dance)
January 22-26: Pro Bowl weekend

Disney World Events in January

Disney World 50th Celebration

Disney World 50th Anniversary

Those visiting in January will get to experience “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” an 18-month event bringing new attractions, nighttime spectaculars and other magical experiences.

2021 Cinderella Castle

Shining at the center of it all is Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, welcoming guests with gleaming gold bunting, embellishments, a 50th anniversary crest and other enhancements inspired by the art of Mary Blair.

Here is some of what you will experience:

  • Cinderella Castle illuminates with pixie-dust sparkle.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tree of Life lights up as fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.
  • The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
  • EPCOT has new lights shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another like stars in a nighttime sky and creating a mesmerizing symbol of optimism.
EPCOT Festival of the Arts

Festival of the Arts

Beginning January 14 – February 21, 2022, guests at EPCOT will get to experience this free festival (with purchase of a park ticket).

The Festival of the Arts brings together food, art, music and more.

Enjoy artistic displays by talented Disney imagineers, try beautiful culinary treats that are both visually appealing and delicious, and enjoy Disney Broadway concerts!

January Weather in Orlando

January Weather in Disney World

Weather is cooler in January than in most other times of the year with an average high temperature of 71°F (which is pretty mild for Florida)!

You will definitely want to bring the right clothes for this time of year!

Disney Outfits for Winter

What to Wear to Disney World in January

  • Jeans/ Pants
  • Short Sleeve Tops
  • Long Sleeve Tops
  • Sweatshirts
  • Lightweight Sweaters

Favorite Disney World Winter Clothing

You don't get many times of years to wear winter clothes at Disney, but if you are travelling to Disney World in January and February, here are some pieces you might want to bring with you.

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