January 2015 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: JANUARY 2015 AT DISNEY WORLD
Early January 2015 will be dominated by holiday crowds and prices, but after the 3rd, most days will see low crowds and low prices–with upticks around the Marathon (weekend of the 1oth) and the Martin Luther King Day three day holiday weekend.
Late January has some of the lowest crowds and prices of the year at Walt Disney World.
Even so, January is not recommended for first-time visitors who may never return, because of ride closures.
New Year’s week–ending in 2015 around January 3–has among the highest crowds and prices of the year. Park closings to additional guests are common in this period, as are 8a openings and daily morning Extra Magic Hours.
JANUARY 2015 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Earlier January is one of the most crowded periods at Walt Disney World. Later January–beginning the 3rd in 2015–is much less crowded, and the end of the month has among the lowest crowds of the year.
Crowds tick up the weekends of the 10th (Marathon) and 17th (Martin Luther King holiday.)
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 12/27 has a ranking of 11/highest (higher earlier in the week, a little less crowded later); the week beginning 1/3, a ranking of 3/low; 1/10 4/low-plus; 1/17 2/lower (high at the beginning, then very low); and 1/24 has a ranking of 1/lowest.
JANUARY 2015 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
January hotel prices begin the month at their highest level. At the values, they are 80% higher than the lowest of the year, 50% higher at the moderates, and 55% higher at the deluxe.
On around January 2nd, prices at all resorts are projected drop to their lowest levels of the year, with upticks around the marathon and MLK weekends.
See this for more on 2015 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.
JANUARY 2015 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for January 2015. See this for details.
JANUARY 2015 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.
DISNEY WORLD SPECIAL EVENTS IN JANUARY 2015
New Year’s Eve festivities will happen on December 31, 2014 at Disney World’s Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks, and also at the Magic Kingdom on December 30. The Animal Kingdom has no special events.
- Epcot will be open until 1a on New Year’s Eve; Disney’s Hollywood Studios until midnight for the general public, and 2a for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests; and the Magic Kingdom until midnight or later
- The Magic Kingdom likely will have Wishes at 9p and special New Year’s Eve fireworks at 11.50p
- Epcot likely will have its Illuminations fireworks show at 6p and 11.40p, plus DJs in various pavilions.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios will likely have fireworks at midnight, and several sets over the evening from “Mulch, Sweat and Shears,” a live band
- Note that alcohol is not available at the Magic Kingdom, but is available at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Magic Kingdom will have the same fireworks at the same times on 12/30. This date will likely be a little less crowded than 12/31.
The Disney World Marathon and other running events will be the weekend of 1/11.
OTHER NOTES AND COMMENTS ON JANUARY 2015 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?
JANUARY 2015 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:
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR JANUARY 2015 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2015 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 2015 weeks (when open, keep clicking to enlarge.)
12/27/2014 Highest prices. Highest crowds. Crowd ranking=11. Week ranking=46. Use the FastPass+ High Crowd Itinerary. Note that openings will frequently be earlier than it indicates and morning extra magic hours added
1/17/2015 Prices lower. Lower crowds–high at beginning of week, lowest the rest of week. Crowd ranking=2. Week ranking=50. Ride closures likely. MLK weekend at beginning of week. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, 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