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Old 07-02-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
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Crowd Sizes in January

Hey Folks,

We're looking at a possible trip back to the World and are considering the first week in Jan. Can anyone comment on what crowds are like in the first week of Jan? My guess is either pretty dead or pretty crowded due to hold over from Christmas/New Years.

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Old 07-02-2018, 04:09 PM   #2
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It’s been several years since we were there then. Crowds were relatively light compared with midsummer or mid-fall.

The two drawbacks of that time of year are—

1) New CMs start work. You may get some pretty bad service and delays for trainees to ask for help.

2) It can be quite cold, as low as daytime highs in the low 40s with windchills in the 20s.

Yes, you wouldn’t think so in Florida, but it sure can. All but one day of our stay were that cold. We bought fleecy jackets and layered up.

Pack warm socks, hats and gloves just in case along with patience when interacting with obviously new CMs, and you’ll have a great time.

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ETA: Be sure to check the WDW closures list. This is also prime time for attraction shutdowns for upkeep and repairs. It’s never fun to be counting on a favorite that’s closed all during your stay.
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Disney really isn't "dead" anymore. I'd say it's a more moderate crowd size. If you are going right after New Years, it will be more crowded. There is also a marathon at sometime that month. It gets a lot more crowded around that time. And the weather can be iffy like the above poster stated. You could have great Florida winter weather - mid 70s-80s or you could need winter jackets and gloves.
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Disney really isn't "dead" anymore. I'd say it's a more moderate crowd size. If you are going right after New Years, it will be more crowded. There is also a marathon at sometime that month. It gets a lot more crowded around that time. And the weather can be iffy like the above poster stated. You could have great Florida winter weather - mid 70s-80s or you could need winter jackets and gloves.
I was going to say that too. We went in January last year (not the first week) and we were shocked at how busy it was for a supposedly "quiet" time of the year. I wouldn't want anyone else to visit, thinking it will be "dead". I don't think Disney is dead at any time of the year now.
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we went this year, the first week. During the races, things were packed and it was COLD. Mind you, we came from -6 degree weather, but we needed all our cold weather gear for about 4 days.
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Thanks for the input, folks. We went in Feb of last year and the crowds/weather were great (especially compared to June/July which was our only previous experience) so it's looking more like Feb is the better time to go. Thanks!
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There is no week in the year where the parks are "dead". but January is till among the least-crowded times of year there. All three trips I've taken as an adult have been in January, for that very reason.
As for being cold ... it's a gamble. For me, a New Englander, it has usually been plenty warm enough; only twice have I truly been cold.

Once, in 2001, wearing a short-sleeved, very thin shit. In a boat on the lagoon, with a stiff breeze. At 11:30pm.

And, more recently, our 2014 trip was during the whole "polar vortex" thing, so the days were on the cool-ish side (but still shorts-and-t-shirt temperatures for me). The nights got a bit chilly, and our last night there we bailed on the show in EPCOT due to bitter, bitter cold.

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January used to be the time of year for many South American tour groups, since that is their “summer” break, but with their economy the way it is, I’m not sure that is as much of a thing anymore.
We only saw a few tour groups when we were there in the middle of January last year.
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My Dh and I have booked the 19th through 27th of January, 2019. We were planning for February because its hubby's b-day month but the points for DVC are less per room in Jan than in Feb. When the points are less, that's a good indication of a slower month. I know its MLK weekend but we don't plan on going to the parks till Tuesday. So far, I think I'm the only one in the group for Jan here on the forums! That's a good sign!
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January is my favorite time to visit. The crowds ARE lighter if you don't go during race week. I've been several times in January and sometimes it's cold and sometimes it's not. Being from the NE, I don't feel the cold like the locals do. I thought it was just fine, if not comfortable.

My friend and i went one year when there was frost. Everyone stayed away so my friend was able to ride Soarin' three times in a row with almost no wait.

So, make your plans for January, and pray for cold weather!
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Just checked and WDW marathon is schedule for Jan 9-13, 2019. I would avoid that weekend for sure.
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I went this last January for my first January ever, during the end of the first week until all the way through the next weekend. I can honestly say it was the busiest time I have ever been!! I won't be doing it again LOL. I love going in February-I have done this lots and its perfect at this time
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