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January 2015 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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January 2015 at Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netThis page reviews January 2015 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

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.


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.

See this for more on 2015 crowds at 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.


Deals are available for January 2015. See this for details.


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.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.


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 midnightand 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.


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?


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 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.

Disney World 2015 Week Rankings from (960x1280)

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

1/3/2015 Lower prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=51. Ride closures likely. Marathon at end of week. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary

1/10/2015  Prices lower. Low-plus crowds. Crowd ranking=4. Week ranking=53. Ride closures likely. Marathon at beginning of week, MLK weekend at end of week. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary

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

1/24/2015  Lowest prices. Lowest crowds. Crowd ranking=1. Week ranking=49. Ride closures likely. Use the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary


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1 Holly { 10.13.14 at 11:15 am }

Love your site–such great info! Just want to run my plans by you for out upcoming trip. We will arrive in Orlando late on Jan 17, 2015. Planning 1/18 at Epcot, 1/19 at AK, 1/20 at HS, 1/21 at MK , 1/22 at AK, 1/23 at Epcot, 1/24 at MK, and 1/25 at HS. Traveling with 6 people–7 and 9 year old boys, mom and dad, and grandparents. Any advice or changes you would suggest? Thanks!

2 Dave { 10.13.14 at 5:40 pm }

Hi Holly and thanks!!

I have a couple of thoughts here.

–One is that you are overscheduled–you need a day off…

–Second is that you are short on MK time and long on Epcot and HS time–especially for the 7yo.

–Third is that the 23rd and 24th will be pretty busy at the parks you are thinking about.

What I’d do is shift AK to the 24th, take the 22nd off, and spend 1/23 at MK instead of Epcot. Try to complete HS the 20th, so that you can–if you wish–do more Epcot 1/25!

3 Angela { 10.29.14 at 11:52 am }

Dave, hello…

Last year I contacted you, your advices just great. Perfect timing, perfect crowds, we arrived at WDW on December 13. This year, we’re actually taking the Disney cruise in January, but we have a couple of days before heading to Port Canaveral, I know is really early in January… but, between the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, which will be a better day to spend at Magic Kingdom? Thank you so much!!!

4 Dave { 10.30.14 at 6:39 am }

Hiya Angela and I’m so glat to have been able to help! January 4 is your best bet!

5 Rose { 11.03.14 at 12:52 am }

We are travelling from Australia to spend NY at Disneyworld. We arrive in the evening of 28th December, 2014 and depart on 2nd January, 2015. We have read that the crowds will be crazy, but would really appreciate your recommendations, particularly with regards to the fireworks and trying to avoid the crowds, and getting the most out of the rides without queueing for ages. We have a 4 year old son so is there a problem with taking a pusher/stroller with us?

6 Dave { 11.03.14 at 7:31 am }

Rose, in a period where peak waits can exceed four hours for the most popular rides, I’m sorry that I have little to offer. Hollywood Studios will be the least crowded fireworks on NYE, and AK will be the least crowded park. Use FastPass+, and book your rides now. Waits are always the lowest at park opening. Strollers are not a problem.

7 Gina { 11.09.14 at 9:23 pm }

Awesome info. Thanks Dave!! We are heading to Disneyworld with an arrival date of 1/2/15. This is our possible itinerary. What do u think? Should we make any changes? Schedule #1:
Jan 3: magic kingdom
Jan 4: Hollywood studios
Jan 5: Epcot
Jan 6: animal kingdom, maybe another park later
Jan 7: magic kingdom
Schedule #2:
Jan 3: Hollywood studios
Jan 4: animal kingdom, maybe another park later
Jan 5: Magic kingdom
Jan 6: Epcot
Jan 7: magic kingdom
Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

8 Dave { 11.10.14 at 6:55 am }

Gina–any kids, and what ages?

9 Tony { 11.11.14 at 3:52 pm }

Hi! We’re traveling to Disney in late January with our three kids (ages 9,7,4) This is our third trip but was interested in any advice or your thoughts on our proposed itinerary. Thanks in advance!

We are staying at Disney Cabins for the first time.
Jan 24 – Hollywood Studios (two boys that hope to be in Star Wars)
Jan 25 – Animal Kingdom (safari for sure)
Jan 26 – Magic Kingdom (already booked boutique and pirate experience)
Jan 27 – Undecided
Jan 28 – Epcot (half day)…. travel home in the evening

I noticed that Cinderella’s castle is closed for renovation so we’re looking for a princess alternative for one of our dinners.

The only other dining experience I’ve booked is lunch on the 24th and Hollywood and Vine.

10 Dave { 11.12.14 at 7:25 am }

Hi Tony! I wouldn’t do HS the 24th or AK the 25th, as both are extra magic hours days, which means they will be more crowded than other days. So swap those too and you’ll be fine! There’s two great alternatives to Cinderella’s Royal Table, Akershus in Epcot and 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian

11 Gina { 11.13.14 at 10:58 am }

Hi Dave! Yes I have 2 kids 4 & 2 and my 7 year old niece. Thank u!

12 Dave { 11.13.14 at 3:22 pm }

OK Gina first at those ages I’d skip Epcot and take a day off the 5th or 6th. Your dates, here’s how things shake out (including Epcot)

The 3rd will be the busiest day. Avoid HS, think twice about MK. Epcot and AK are the best choices.
The 4th anything but AK is a good choice, and HS is the best choice.
The 5th should be good everywhere except HS. Epcot is the best choice
The 6th will be fine everywhere but Epcot, and MK is the best choice
The 7th will be fine everywhere but AK, and MK is the best choice

If you skip Epcot then this is straightforward. AK the 3rd, HS the 4th, on the 5th and 6th take one day off and go to MK the other, and MK the 7th.

13 Dave { 11.16.14 at 8:10 pm }

I am planning my first visit to The MK 1/22-27 with my two daughters. We are planning to hit the MK on that Friday, but noticed some of the rides may be closed. Do you recommend the fast pass even though the crowds will be at their lowest? Anything we don’t want to miss? Anything around Orlando worth visiting? I could use a day at a beach too.

14 Dave { 11.17.14 at 8:40 am }

Dave, low crowds at Disney World is relative. Even on the lowest crowd days waits can be pretty bad, so yes use FastPass+…For the can’t miss stuff see this: I don’t track stuff outsdie of WDW (I can barely keep up wiht that!!) so don’t have anything to offer on the rest of Orlando…

15 Mandy Wesson { 11.24.14 at 2:42 am }

My family of 4 with children 4 and 8 have booked DW for Jan. 18-23. We start at Epcot and have dinner at Akershus on 1/18, MK with Crystal Palace 1/19, consider a return break at our hotel then that evening dinner and Fantasmic at HWS/extra hours too, 1/20 Epcot for extra hours, return to MK for fireworks that evening, 1/21 AK for extra hours, 1/22 MK extra hours, depart late 1/23 so additional time somewhere that morning until 1:30??? is this realistic? Booking FastPasses is complicated for me right now, but my kids need breaks so I want to allow that and we probably wouldn’t want to return to the same park necessarily on the same day? Working around meals and hoping their aren’t long lines in January.

16 Dave { 11.24.14 at 12:02 pm }

Mandy, the MLK weekend is usually quite crowded, with crowds dropping sharply after. Epcot should be OK the 18th, but I can’t recommend MK the 19th or any evening EMH. With your hoppers, doing morning EMH, returning to your hotel midday, and returning to a different park later works fine. In general, on morning EMH days, save your FP+ for the second later park.

17 Chelli { 12.01.14 at 9:03 am }

Hi! Great, great site. We used your crowd calendar to choose our week at Disney this year (we went 2 years ago and plan on going every other year as the kids get older). We have a 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. We are arriving around noon on 1/25/15, and leaving in the 30th. We tried, and failed, to get fast-pass+ reservations for meeting Elsa and Anna. They were already “sold out” when I tried to book them. As you can probably guess, my daughter is most looking forward to meeting these two and will be devastated if we don’t see them. Any idea what the wait might be to see them on the lowest-crowd week so that we can plan accordingly and prep her as well as we can (the 2 year old will simply skip it if the waits are too long)? Any tips on how to secure fast passes while we’re there, or are we out of luck now due to demand? We are planning on being at MK the evening of 1/25 (arrive around 4:00pm), and all day the 27th, 28th and 29th (with a possible morning off or maybe a switch to HS on the morning of the 28th, depending on how we’re feeling that day). Also, is it possible for one of us to wait in line for the majority of the time and then, when we get closer to the front, have the kids come and meet us in line? Or is this not allowed? Thanks so much for the help! Your insight served us well the last trip and I’m confident it will do the same this time around.

18 Dave { 12.01.14 at 9:59 am }

Chelli, it is possible that more FP+ for A&E will be released for those dates, but don’t count on it. You are basically stuck with a wait. Our book has typical waits by crowd level. A&E quickly hits 60 minutes+ on even low-crowd days. The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2015. And no, places can’t be held…Sorry to be such a downer…

19 Chelli { 12.01.14 at 8:04 pm }

Wow – thanks for the quick response! I figured we might be out of luck, but thought that if there was anyone who might know a way “around it” or have any great advice, it would be you. =) It’s okay that we will have to wait. My 5 year old will be able to handle it but my 2 year old will not. We will just plan on splitting up during that time, which will work just fine. Just wanted to go in with a plan in case the waits are really long! Thank you again. I really appreciate your quick and best-guess response, even if it’s not what I was hoping for!

20 Dave { 12.02.14 at 8:06 am }

Good luck Chelli and let me know how it goes!! Note that you can also see the frozen folk in the Magic Kingdom’s afternoon parade , and in the Sing-Along at Hollywood Studios

21 Billy { 12.11.14 at 11:16 am }

We were planing on going on Christmas break, but after seeing videos of how crazy it was we decided to push back the trip a week. We are arriving on Jan. 3rd and leaving the 8th. We have to young girls eight and four years old. My plan was to go to blue man group on the 3rd to avoid crowds, 4th Universal Studios, 5th Animal Kingdom, 6th Hollywood Studios, 7th Magic Kingdom. Do you see any problem with this plan?

22 Billy { 12.11.14 at 11:17 am }


23 Riley { 12.11.14 at 4:20 pm }

What would be your advice on getting a hopper and doing Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the same day in January? (Two adults and two young girls 9 and 4)

24 Dave { 12.12.14 at 11:38 am }

Hey Billy, as dates those look fine. With kids that age, I’d skip Universal and spend two days at MK myself…

25 Dave { 12.12.14 at 3:41 pm }

Riley, tell me more about what you are thinking. For a nine year old, it takes more than a day to see Epcot, but the 4 year old may not find much of interest. AK could near-fill the day for both…

26 Judy { 12.13.14 at 12:08 pm }

Thanks for the info…..great comments. Just myself, age 68 and my sister, age 70, coming end of January. No kids. Have never been. Really care only abt Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Do you recommend two, three or four days, and also fast tract pass? Thanks

27 Katie { 12.13.14 at 11:15 pm }


First time for my kids in wdw. Their ages -5,4,2. We arrive on 1/31. And are doing off site princess dinner as the castle is closed. 2/1-Mk, 2/2-Mk, 2/3-ak. Any advice or input is greatly appreciated.

28 Dave { 12.14.14 at 9:34 am }

Judy, 2-3 days at MK, and 2 at Epcot. You will want to book FastPass+ (they come free with your ticket.) You likely will find my book helpful in picking your rides, and seeing how to handle FastPass+. See The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2015

29 Dave { 12.14.14 at 9:34 am }

Katie, all the stuff on this site is for older kids, but you’ll find a lot of help in the book. See The easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit 2015

30 Shannon { 12.20.14 at 9:18 am }

Hi Dave, we’ll be staying offsite from January 5-10 but not touring any of the parks. I know the resort holiday decorations start coming down on the 4th, but how quickly do they come down? Would the resorts still be partially decorated for the first day or two of our trip?

31 Dave { 12.20.14 at 2:20 pm }

Shannon, I’m not sure. My guess is that they won’t start coming down in a big way til Monday but that’s just a guess…certainly the 5th is a better bet than later! Let me know what you find so that I’ll have a better answer for others next year!

32 Sarah { 12.20.14 at 3:16 pm }

So I’m going to Disney World from January 4th-January 11th. There are no kids in our group, we’re all in our twenties. Could you let me know which days we should go to each of the 4 theme parks? We bought 6 day passes.

33 Dave { 12.21.14 at 12:29 pm }

Hi Sarah!

The 4th HS is the best choice, AK the worst, and the other two parks are OK.
The 5th, either Epcot or AK is a good choice
The 6th, avoid Epcot
The 7th, avoid AK
The 8th, avoid MK
The 9th avoid Epcot
The 10th avoid HS and MK
The 11th avoid MK

34 Pet { 12.25.14 at 11:57 pm }

Hi my family would be visiting US from mid Jan 2015 onward and I am wondering what would be your advice on when to go to Disney World in general? When you mention about ride closures what percentage would that be around? Also what passes do you suggest that we get to fully enjoy Disney world in your opinion 😀 I am quite an epic Disney fan haha

Thank you soooo much for your advice and response!

35 Dave { 12.26.14 at 7:56 pm }

Hi we are arriving Saturday Jan 3, 2015. We plan on doing downtown Disney that day. MK on Sunday the 4th. Any pointers as to how we should plan the rest of the week? We are staying at the resort. My girls are 12, 10 and 7. We are first timers

36 Dave { 12.27.14 at 8:28 am }

Hi Pet January 20 and later is the best January time to visit. Only a few rides will be closed, but Splash Mountain–the favorite of many–will be among them. For tickets, see this:

37 Dave { 12.27.14 at 8:34 am }

Hey Dave! How long are you staying? Avoid MK and HS the 5th, Epcot the 6th, HS and AK the 7th, MK the 8th, and Epcot the 9th…

38 Cam { 12.27.14 at 3:06 pm }

Hi Dave! Wow even people like us who consider ourselves Disney pros – you have so many great suggestions. So definitely not our first visit- but it it is out first visit in January! We’re arriving Jan. 3rd for 5 days — and its two parents and the two young adult children. We think we’ll focus in on Epcot and MK during this visit. We’ve always loved Disney, but as the kids become not really kids anymore, we’re always looking for new things and good tips for our family! Thanks so much for any suggestions!

39 elizabeth { 12.27.14 at 4:13 pm }

Love your website, and think you know everything Disney! We are having a family get together @ Disney 12/31/14-1/8/15. ( only time can get together) some are only be there 12/31-1/4 and doing single park tickets. What which parks on each day would be the best each day if not hopping? Thank you!!!!!!!!

40 Dave { 12.28.14 at 8:57 am }

Hi Cam and thanks!

One thing is to check out the holiday decorations, some of which will be still up your dates, especially early. Besides the parks, see the Wilderness Lodge and Grand Floridian in particular.

41 Dave { 12.28.14 at 9:00 am }

Hi Elizabeth!

12/31 AK is best.
1/1 while crowds will be heavy, Epcot is the best choice
1/2 avoid Epcot
1/3 avoid HS. Crowds will tail off on 1/3
1/4 marks the beginning of low-crowd days. Avoid AK

42 DCE { 12.30.14 at 7:34 pm }

We have a trip planned for WDW from Jan 17-23. This will be our kids 3 trip to the parks. Their ages are 12 & 8. Meals and FP+ are booked. Any guidance on the order we should use to get the most benefit of our time in the parks? We are planning our arrival day and 2 full days in MK, and 1 full day in each of the other parks. We plan to go to World Showcase for the first time with our kids on this trip. Looking forward to wearing my mouse ears once again!

43 Ashley { 12.31.14 at 2:10 am }

Hello! Thanks for all of the great tips and advice on your website! We are going to be at WDW from 1/21 through 1/28. I have a tentative schedule, but wanted your opinion on our dates for certain parks. We are a group of adults 22, 28, and 29…two of us have never been to any other parks except Magic Kingdom. Here is what I have so far:

1/21-No parks this day
1/23-Hollywood Studios
1/24-Magic Kingdom
1/25-Animal Kingdom
1/27-Magic Kingdom

Thank you for any help you can give!

44 Dave { 01.01.15 at 9:49 am }

DCE, I don’t understand–if you have meals and FastPass+ booked, then you already have your parks set?

45 Dave { 01.01.15 at 9:52 am }

Hi Ashley. MK will be mobbed the 24th, so I would swap the 24th and 25th for sure. Otherwise this looks great!

46 natalie { 01.05.15 at 11:24 pm }

great resource for Disney planning. my question is do you have any tips on getting in to Mickey’s BackYard BBQ? I always had an easy time getting a spot and except for the weeks it was closed, I have not been able to get a reservation. Thanks =) We are going Jan 22-26 weekend btw.

47 Dave { 01.06.15 at 7:43 am }

Natalie, the BBQ is seasonal, typically Thursdays and Saturdays March-ish to October-ish. The first 2015 dates I see are early March. (It’s seasonal becasue while roofed it has no walls and thus no heating.)

48 Jessica { 01.07.15 at 9:25 pm }

We went to Disney world last year, and are going again this year and are planning to go Feb 22 – 28 (2015). Now last year we went this same time and the entire state of Louisiana had spring break (did not look at all I really wish I would’ve) now this year its a week earler than we went last year.. do you think this is a good time considering it’s still Feb? Suggestions?

49 Dave { 01.08.15 at 8:10 am }

Jessica, LA districts commonly have a break around Mardi Gras, which is early in 2015, so you’ll miss it. The week you are targeting is a great week!

50 Ashley { 01.09.15 at 6:53 pm }

Hey!! Just wanted to tell you thanks for answering my question. We switched Animal Kingdom to 24th and Magic Kingdom to the 25th just like you said! Thanks again for taking the time out to help.

51 Dave { 01.10.15 at 10:57 am }

Great, Ashley! Have a wonderful trip and come back and let me know how it went!!

52 Natalie { 01.13.15 at 2:21 pm }


I’ve planned a quick weekend to Disney world for jan 22-25. Looking for any tips. We have never been, coming from Canada. 2 adults and a 9 year old. We’ll only have time to do 2 parks. I’m thinking MK on 23 and AK on 24. We will arrive 9 am on the 22nd, is it worth it to go to a park that day? And how does the meal plan work? Is it best to pay as we go being there for only 4 days?thanks!


53 Dave { 01.14.15 at 1:43 pm }

Natalie, MK the 23rd and AK the 24th is a great plan. I would also go to MK the 22nd. You need to book your FastPass+ immediately. There’s little value to the dining plan for you, as all the most fun restaurants will be booked up, and you won;t be bale to get value for your credits.

54 kristy { 01.15.15 at 12:30 pm }

Hi! Your site rocks! Thx so much.
We are going in a few weeks and are still deciding about which parks to spend our 4 days. We will be with our 4 kids (ages 8, 7, 4 yr old twins). We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We arrive on the 1/28. Leave on 2/2.
1/29 – Animal Kingdom
1/30 Magic Kingdom
1/31 Epcot vs Hollywood (still undecided between the two)
2/1 Magic Kingdom.
How does this line-up sound? Thoughts on Epcot vs HS? Really like the Star Wars adventure at HS, but I understand it is hard to get.
Also, ideas for arrival/departure days? We arrive 2:30 on 1/28 and will have an early dinner at Boma at AKL then just explore lodge vs go to downtown Disney?
For departure day (flight at 3:30p): late breakfast at Ohana at Polynesian, then…?
Other ideas?
Also, I am little worried about getting from AK Lodge by bus then switching to Monorail to get to Royal Table breakfast (temporarily at Citricos at Floridian). Any advice? This is why we chose MK on 1/30 cause that was the only availability for this character breakfast at 9am and will be closest to MK, since we will be getting a later start.
Thanks for any input!!

55 Dave { 01.15.15 at 5:30 pm }

Kristy your dates look fine. At those ages, I’d pick HS over Epcot.

Honestly, on such a short trip, I’d skip the breakfast. Being in the park before it opens so that you can take advantage of the lower-crowd first hour is critical.

That also lets you optimize your dates a little better. Do HS 1/29, MK 1/30, AK 1/31 and MK 2/1.

56 Nicole A. { 02.23.15 at 6:58 pm }

I know this information is a little old, but thank you! I’ve started the brainstorming phase of our first ever WDW trip and it’s a lot to work through. I tried to use Dreams Unlimited, but apparently we can’t book anything until later in the summer. We were thinking of visiting 1/3-1/7. We had hopes of catching the park in holiday mode, but not with holiday crowds. I know decorations take a bit to work out, but do they still do holiday shows/fireworks/etc. after January 1st, even for a few days? If not, we might move it to be after the MLK holiday weekend.

57 Dave { 02.24.15 at 2:29 pm }

Hi Nicole! The only holiday show that traditionally goes on past New Years Eve is the Osborne Lights–but that may not even be on in 2015/16…

58 Ashley { 03.23.15 at 7:56 pm }

Hi there, we are planning just one day at the magic kingdom with our 3 year old jan 21, 2015. Are the kids rides usually under Maintnance during this time? What is the weather usually like? Are there any rides we should definitely do with a 3 year old?

59 Dave { 03.24.15 at 3:32 pm }

Ashley, just one to three of the 40+ rides is likely to be closed. My recommendations for younger kids are here–although they are pitched more at 5 year olds…

60 Savannah! { 04.20.15 at 4:07 pm }

Hey! I have been to Disney many times, but never early in the year. Thinking about going sometimes after Christmas because it will be a gift on Christmas for the children. Preferably not New Years, but sometime in the first two weeks of January since they will be out of school for break. The children are 6 and 8! How is Disney during January? I wouldn’t want them to have to spend all day at the resort so I would like to know the hours of the parks and things they would miss out on by going in January? Thanks!

61 Dave { 04.21.15 at 8:14 am }

Savannah arrive after Jan 2 and avoid the MLK weekend if you can, and you should be fine. You will face a few ride closures, and most of the Xmas program and decorations will be done. Operating hours for then won’t be out for 6 weeks or so, but here’s an example from 2015.

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