The Pros and Cons to Visiting Disney World in January
Pros and Cons of going to Disney World in January

January is one of those months coveted by regular Disney Parks visitors. Temperatures, crowds, and low prices are the draw.

The holidays are knows as the busiest times at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  Parks have been know to reach capacity by 10 and 11 am.

But after the holiday crowds have vacated the parks it becomes a completely different experience.  If you are looking for some Disney downtime than this may be your season.

This type of year does have a lot of advantages but also some drawbacks.

For those that are thinking of heading to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in January here are some pros and cons to think about.


  • Very Light Crowds (some of the lowest of the year)
  • Short Wait Times
    • With low crowds come shorter wait times.  You can walk on most rides first thing in the morning and even at peak times most rides are a nominal wait (20 minutes or less)
photo credit: KerriNikolePhotography via photopin cc

Radiator Springs Racers at Disney’s California Adventure (photo credit: KerriNikolePhotography via photopin cc)

An Empty Main Street in the Magic Kingdom (photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik via photopin cc)

An Empty Main Street in the Magic Kingdom (photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik via photopin cc)


  • Shorter park hours
  • Large Temperature Swings
    • The average temperatures for Orlando in January are quite pleasant but a cold snap or a heat wave could easily make your trip less enjoyable.
  • Refurbishments
    • Current list of Walt Disney World January 2015 refurbishments:
      • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for renovation from January 5 – March 6, 2015
      • American Idol Experience will be closing permanently in January 2015.
      • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015.
      • The multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs will impact parking and congestion on Lake Buena Vista Drive.
      • Blizzard Beach Water Park will close for its annual refurbishment January 4 through March 3, 2015.
Closed for Refurbishment Sign (Photo credit: Love Our Disney)

Closed for Refurbishment Sign (Photo credit: Love Our Disney)

If you are even thinking of going I would consider contacting Joe (my husband) of Off to Neverland Travel.   He can keep you up to date on new specials that just make this trip even more affordable.

And his services are free to you. You pay the same to use him or not.  So I say make him do the work.  I do.

Magic Maker® Joseph DeFazio (281-971-0016)|

With all said and done January is still one of the best months to visit Walt Disney World.

Mary Signature

If you want more information and thoughts on traveling to Disney World in January check out this week’s Riding the Rails at the Magical Blogorail.