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Disney World in January

Disney World in January!

If your planning a trip to Disney World in January, this is what you have too look forward to!

updated: June 25, 2017

Disney World in January means cooler temperatures. ?It can be both cold and rainy or reasonably warm so make sure to bring along a rain coat or poncho and a sweater. ?Crowds will be lighter after the first week when most of the holiday visitors go home. ?The parks will have an influx of visitors for Marathon weekend, but it is still relatively low crowd levels. ?Many of the holiday decorations will remain up for a few weeks following the holidays. ?Can you imagine how long it takes to get it all down?

Another thing to know is that the crane will go up at Cinderellas castle a few weeks into the month and often times remains well into February. ?It is working on taking down the castle Christmas lights and doing annual repairs to the castle. ?If you don’t want the crane to photobomb your Main Street pictures, you better have mad Photoshop skills or wait until a later date!

Crane up dates in 2016 – January 19 through February ? (As of February 24, 2016, the crane is still up!) ?If you are worried about the crane in your picture, January travel is not for you!

January is the time of year that many refurbishments take place. ?Read below for complete January details!

Orlando Weather In January:

Average High: 70*F

Average Low: 49* F

Average Rain: 2.63″

You will need a light jacket and possibly pants in the evenings to be comfortable!

Special January Disney World Events:

  • WDW Marathon Weekend: 2018 dates to be announced
  • Epcot International Festival of Arts – 2018 dates to be announced

What To Do and When Before your Disney World in January Trip:

July or Earlier: ?Make Hotel Reservations

August: Book Airline Flights

July (180 days prior to arrival date): ?Make dining reservations! ?Make at least one reservation per day. ?You can cancel what you don’t want prior to arrival.

November (60 days prior to arrival date): ?Make Fast Pass Reservations

November (60 days prior to arrival date): Add that Disney Magic! ?You can book extras like Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, Pirates & Pals Dinner Cruise and much more! ?Post on all of the extras coming soon!

December or earlier: Purchase Memory Maker!? It’s a must have in my opinion if you’re spending several days in the parks! ?Pre-purchase for $169, purchase while at the parks or after $199

Late November, early December: ?Shop and Pack for your trip.??Shop for the items on the packing list you don’t already have. ?Click here to see my Disney World packing list.

December or earlier: ?Download the My Disney Experience App. ?Use this app to manage your reservations, see your Fastpass+, see wait times and park maps while in the parks.

December or earlier: ?Reserve a stroller!???Even if you don’t think you need a stroller, chances are you do! ?It’s great to push around your tired kids (not just babies and toddlers) and stash your stuff (including heavy water bottles). ?Post on why you need a stroller coming soon! ?I like to rent at Kingdom Strollers. ?They will deliver and pick up the strollers at your resort, no hassle for you! ?If you reserve a stroller with them, please list my name and email in the comments. ?TIA! ?jamie@loveofthemagicvactions.com

One week prior to departure: ?Order Food and Snacks.??I like to bring snacks and sometimes entire sandwich meals into the parks! ?Food at Disney is EXPENSIVE! ?Don’t get me wrong. ?It’s good, and you should try it, but it doesn’t have to be every meal. ?Order snacks, water bottles, sodas, sandwich makings to your hotel. ?I prefer to order all of my non-refrigerated items via Amazon and have them delivered directly to the resort.

One Week Prior or sooner: ?Pack!? There’s no reason to wait until the last minute!

By March (up to 45 days after your trip): ?Make sure to view and download your My Memory Maker pictures/Photopass.

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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