Are you headed to Disney World this January? I want to pass on some information that will help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible.
Weather at Disney World in January
Bring a jacket and plan on layering your clothes because January typically has the coolest temperatures of the year. It can go from shorts weather to jacket weather within the same day, especially when the sun goes down, or it can be on the cool side all day. You can rent lockers near the front of the parks if you don’t want to carry jackets or extra clothes. The Disney World resort hotel pools are outdoors and are heated to about 82-86 degrees. The Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts have towels available near the pools; the value resorts and campground do not provide pool towels so be sure to request extra towels from housekeeping.
Average high temperature: 71°
Average low temperature: 49°
Average humidity: 70%
Average Rain: 7 days in January / 2.4 inches of total precipitation.
Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments
Magic Kingdom - Hall of Presidents will be closed from January 17 to June 29, 2017.
Magic Kingdom – Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed from January 3 to 12, 2017.
Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed from January 9 to February 16, 2017.
Animal Kingdom – Kali River Rapids will be closed from January 3 to 29, 2017.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed from December 25, 2016 to March 11, 2017. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be open, weather permitting.
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort Piano pool is closed December 12, 2016 – February 2, 2017 but the Calypso feature pool is open.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort Computer pool is closed through January 3, 2017 but the Hippy Dippy feature pool and Bowling Pin pool are both open.
There may be more pool refurbishments - Click here for updates.
Disney World Ride Special Events in January
Epcot International Festival of the Arts (January 13 – February 20, 2017) will debut on January 13, 2017 and will run for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays). Guests will get to enjoy the works of past Disney artists like Mary Blair as well as works by current artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, including live demonstrations. Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage, including songs from Disney on Broadway's award-winning shows The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin. The culinary arts will also be celebrated in the Food Studios area of the festival. Most of the festival experiences will be included in the cost of Epcot admission; some dining and other events will have a separate cost associated with them.
Accommodations, Dining, FastPass+ and Itinerary
Have you booked your accommodations? Discounts must be booked by December 21, 2017 - Disney World has released two promotions – a room rate discount and the popular “Play, Stay & Dine” offer - for January and availability is limited. It’s okay if you don’t know where you want to stay, I can help you select a hotel that is a good fit for both your family and your budget. I can also help with Universal Orlando resorts and other area hotels.
Now is the perfect time to start planning your itinerary - Disney has released their January 2017 calendar and park hours and it is a good idea to map out which theme park(s) you want to visit on a given day during your trip so that you can book dining and FastPass+ reservations that don't have you running all over Disney World. Did you know that the parks are not equally crowded on any given day? For example, on January 5, the projected crowds for the Magic Kingdom are a "10" on a scale of 1-to-10 but Disney’s Animal Kingdom has projected crowds of “4” that same day. Epcot crowds will be around “8” and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ expected crowds will be about a "9" that day. I can help you map out an itinerary that lets you take advantage of the best relative crowd and show conditions during your trip.
Do You Know How to Use Theme Park Touring Plans to Manage Crowds? Crowds will be high through January 7th but drop to low to moderate levels beginning January 8th . When you book your trip through me, you’ll receive either a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (printed guidebook) or a subscription to TouringPlans.com because we really know for a fact that their touring plans will save you a lot of time otherwise wasted in line and help you make the most of shorter hours when crowds are low.
Clip-out theme park touring plans (itineraries) are available beginning on page 814 of the 2017 Unofficial Guide to Disney World.
Printable theme park touring plans (itineraries) are available in the Touring Plans tab of our TouringPlans.com account or you can access their itineraries through their smartphone app.
I also include printed, standardized plans in the packet of documents and information mailed to you shortly before your trip when you book through us. .
We’re Here To Answer Your Touring Plan Questions - Do you know which plan you want to use? Do you have questions about how to use the plans or how to include your FastPass+ & dining reservations into the plans? We don't expect you to figure it all out on your own; Steve, our theme park guy, is available most evenings and on the weekends to talk with you about your touring plan questions when you book your trip through us. With a little advance planning, you can have a great time regardless of the crowds.
Have you booked your Disney Dining Reservations? There are still some great options available and you may even be able to snag a reservation at popular locations if your schedule is flexible. I can help you narrow down the restaurant choices to options that you will really enjoy so we can lock in some great options before they’re gone.
Here’s how we will help you have a great vacation:
1. Your travel agent – You will have one travel agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and will do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.
2. “Best Days” Itinerary – We will help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, and shows and help with dining and Fastpass+ reservations. The theme park touring plans we provide will help you stay ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.
3. Saving Money – Of course we will watch for discounts and promotions and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and costly options you won’t use.
4. We Are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us. This way, you can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer. If you booked directly through Disney within the last 30-days, you can also sometimes have us listed as the "agent of record" on your existing reservation and still receive our services for free or you can purchase vacation planning consulting services from us if you booked more than 30-days ago or through another travel agency.