What To Expect In Disney World During The Month Of January

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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 2019 at 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 during the month of January right here. The holidays are over, but that does NOT mean the magic is over!

Epcot’s Festival of the Arts will be back this year and you definitly don’t want to miss it!  – , 2019.

What To Expect In Disney World During The Month Of January

Weather in January

What to Expect in Disney World During the Month of 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.


  • Liberty Square Riverboat: Jan. 8, 2018 – TBD

What To Expect In Disney World During The Month Of January


  • No reported refurbishments


  • No reported refurbishments


  • No reported refurbishments


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 9 am. Will be going on through Fall 2018.

The Skyliner process will affect the following resorts: POP CENTURY, CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT, ART OF ANIMATION and BOARDWALK INN & VILLAS.

Coronado Springs: A few refurbishments are going on.

  • The Dig Site, home to The Lost City of Cibola Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina, will be closed for refurbishment. While this work takes place, our other exceptional amenities, including three leisure pools, dining and merchandise locations, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and recreation activities, including Movies Under the Stars and Campfires with Marshmallows, will remain available. Fall through Winter 2018.
  • Room Refurbishment: During this time, amenities including dining locations (such as the newly re-imagined Rix Sports Bar and Grill) and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00 am daily. Ongoing.
  • Pepper Market: During this time, the quick-service restaurant, Pepper Market, will undergo minor refurbishment work, but will remain in operation. If Guests would like to experience one of the other dining locations, they can visit Maya Grill, Las Ventanas, Café Rix, Laguna Bar, Siestas Cantina and the newly reimagined space, Rix Sports Bar & Grill, featuring a variety of sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. All amenities will remain in operation, including the Dig Site pool area, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and the Iguana Arcade. Through Summer 2019.

Animal Kingdom LodgeJambo House – Rooms Refurbishment

  • During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Mid-August 2018 through Fall 2019.

What To Expect In Disney World During The Month Of January

Check out the new guest rooms at All Star Movies!! It’s pretty awesome!


  • No reported refurbishments


  • Blizzard Beach Water Park (Annual Refurbishment) October 28, 2018 – January 5, 2019


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: January 9-13, 2019


Please note: Roadwork
Intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise impacts can be expected along Osceola Parkway / Victory Way.

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

  • College Cheer-leading and Dance competition: January 18-20, 2019
  • Soccer Championship: January 19-21, 2019

What To Expect In Disney World During The Month Of January

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!

Check out some of our favorite ways to ADD MORE MAGIC to your Disney World vacation!


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!

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Vanda Bean

Vanda is a Mom of 2 boys who is always thinking about or planning a trip to Disney World! Thanks to them and her work as a travel agent, she has become an expert on planning the perfect Disney trip and making wishes and dreams a beautiful reality. When she's not planning trips for others or visiting Disney herself, she graciously shares her knowledge and experiences here on Walt Express with our readers to help you plan your very own magical Disney vacation!

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