January 2013 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: JANUARY 2013 AT DISNEY WORLD
JANUARY 2013 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
After the New Year’s holiday period is over, January is one of the least crowded periods at Walt Disney World. The marathon weekend (1/12 through 1/14) and Martin Luther King holiday weekend (1/19-1/21) will be the busiest times other than the first 4 or 5 days.
JANUARY 2013 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January has 5 price seasons–3 the first week!–but after the first week, Walt Disney World resort hotel prices are as low as they get all year. They pop up a little over the Marathon and Martin Luther King day weekends.
JANUARY 2013 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
You can find deals for January 2013 here.
JANUARY 2013 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January weather is cooler and variable. Cold, rainy days—not uncommon—are great for first time visitors, as they reduce the crowds in the parks and make the rides easier to see with low waits. Returning visitors looking for good days to lounge around the pool should not count on many.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
(When open, click again to enlarge.)
JANUARY 2013 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
The calendars can be tricky to use–see this for hints on how to work with Walt Disney World’s online calendars.
OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON JANUARY 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January and, to a lesser extent, February are the most common periods for rides to be closed for refurbishment.
This makes these months less good for first time visitors who do not know if they will return—why go when the chances of missing something great are high?
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is 1/12 through 1/14/2013. This can add congestion to the parks, and unusual traffic patterns to the roads around them.
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR JANUARY 2013 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2013 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
Click the image for a calendar view of 2013 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
12/29/2012 End of New Years week; prices and crowds start very high, but both drop a bit starting late in the week. Crowd ranking=9. Routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance may begin late in the week. Week ranking=52. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary but see this for required changes
1/5/2013 Prices and crowds begin very low then build again for Marathon weekend. Crowd ranking=3. Weather remains cooler and variable, and routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance continue. Marathon at beginning of week. Week ranking=48. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary but see this for required changes
1/12/2013 Prices and crowds begin higher for the Marathon weekend then drop to low levels. Crowd ranking=3. Weather remains cooler and variable, and ride closures for rehab and maintenance continue. Week ranking=50. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
1/19/2103 Prices and crowds kick up for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, then drop again. Crowd ranking=3. Weather remains cooler and variable, and routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance continue. Week ranking=49. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
1/26/2013 Lowest prices and crowds of the year. Crowd ranking=1. Weather remains cooler and variable. Routine ride closures for rehab and maintenance. Week ranking=47. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, see this
- For the next best dates, see this
- For the best and worst times to visit, see this
- For forecasting crowds at Walt Disney World, see this
- For seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World, see this
- For weather at Walt Disney World, see this
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