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January in Walt Disney World

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Great weather, the end of the holiday season, and the start of the Festival of the Arts at Epcot make this a great month to visit if you can swing it.

January is an excellent time to visit Walt Disney World if you can swing it. The beginning of the month sees relatively high crowd levels, as New Year's travelers wrap up their vacations, but as the month progresses and schools get back in session, the crowd levels drop off. As we said before, it likely will not feel like that parks are all that empty, but getting hotel rooms, dining reservations, and Genie+ comeback times will all be easier.

Additionally, the cost of the hotel room, park tickets, and Genie+ (which all operate on a date based pricing) will be lower later in the month.

January also sees the end of the holiday decorations (you can catch them if you go in the first week) and Epcot’s Festival of the Arts starts up toward the end of the month. This is a fan favorite, offering fun art, activities, food, and shows throughout the park.


  • Mid to late January sees lower crowd levels.

  • Cost of the hotel rooms, tickets and Ganie+ is generally lower during this time.

  • The lower crowd levels also often lead to discounts being offered by Disney, though are not guaranteed.

  • The weather is some of the best you will get in Orlando. Lows are in the 50s with highs in the 70s, and the chance of rain is relatively low.

  • Epcot’s Festival of the Arts begins at the end of the month.


  • With lower crowd levels comes decreased park operating hours.

  • More likely that popular rides will be closed for refurbishment during this month due to the lower crowd levels.

  • The beginning of January and Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend often have high crowd levels.

  • runDisney’s main event takes place during the first weekend in the month, leading to an influx of people during that weekend.


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