A whole new year is beginning and what better way to begin it than to be in Disney World! Walt Express keeps you informed with What to Expect in Disney World During the Month of January.

What to Expect in Disney World During the Month of January

Magical Happenings

January 2018 in Disney World! What a great way to start the New Year off. If this is your “Disney Month“, then you picked a great time to visit. Walt Express has the complete guide to Disney World in the month of January right here.

Weather in January

The weather in January can be much cooler (for Orlando), especially at night. Sometimes, January will have cool, rainy days, so be sure to bring ponchos and a light jacket.

Crowds in January

January is a pretty tame month for Disney World. Of course the first few days will be crowded, with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. These will taper off early in the month. Check out the CROWD CALENDAR over at Dad’s Guide to WDW to find out what the crowds will look like each day in January.

Refurbishments and Closures

It’s never fun to plan a trip to Disney World and then find out your favorite attraction is undergoing refurbishments. While there is still a ton to do, it’s still nice to have a backup plan. From attractions to dining to the resorts, if there are any refurbishments going on, we will list it here.

Please note that our information comes straight from Disney and sometimes this information changes daily. We do our best to keep it updated.

 

What to Expect in Disney World During the Month of January
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MAGIC KINGDOM

  • Hall of Presidents: Jan. 17, 2017 – TBD
  • Splash Mountain: Jan. 8 – Feb. 1, 2018
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: Jan. 8 – Jun. 28, 2018

EPCOT

  • No reported refurbishments

ANIMAL KINGDOM

  • Kali River Rapids: Jan. 2 – Feb. 10, 2018

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

  • No reported refurbishments

RESORTS

  • Caribbean Beach: This resort begins a lengthy refurbishment beginning in early May. Refurbishments include Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post. This process will be ongoing from May of this year until 2018. Find out ALL of the details you will need to know about this refurbishment right HERE: Caribbean Beach Refurbishment.; Disney Skyliner
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.
  • Art of Animation: Disney Skyliner
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am. Ongoing through 2018.
  • Boardwalk Inn and Villas: In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Ongoing until further notice.
  • Pop Century: In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Ongoing until further notice. Feb. 4, 2017 – May 7, 2018; Disney Skyliner
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.
  • Old Key WestRoom Refurbishments
    Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Aug. 1, 2017 – Jun. 28, 2018

For more information on the new transportation options coming, check out: New Transportation Options

DISNEY SPRINGS

  • No reported refurbishments

WATER PARKS

  • Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (Annual Refurbishment) Jan. 7, 2018 – TBD
  • Blizzard Beach Water Park (Annual Refurbishment) Oct. 29, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018

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ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

There are several events going on this month, be sure to check the calendar right here: ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS CALENDAR.

  •  Disney 3v3 Soccer Championship (January 13-15)
  •  Diamond 9 Sun Classic Winter Showcase (January 11-14)

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned to Walt Express for more January happenings and breaking news!! Have you heard about the new Transportation systems coming to Disney World? This will make things so much easier! Check that out right here: NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS!

DISNEY EXPRESS LANE

As you can see there is a lot going on and a lot to talk about! Join the Disney Express Lane Facebook Group to discuss this and many other Disney related topics. We would love to see you there and meet you!

photo credit: Jeff Krause Photography Epcot – Reflections of a New Year via photopin (license)

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