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It’s time for another edition of Riding the Rails with the Magical Blogorail. This week we’re talking about Disney in January.
This particular topic is pretty near and dear to my heart because we have visited Disney in January on several occasions. In fact, my family’s very first visit to Walt Disney World (the visit that started my passion for Disney) was in January of 1988. Birnbaum’s Guide (and most of the planning websites that I frequent) still lists most of January (with the exception of the first week) as a Least Crowded time to visit. This is one of our main reasons for choosing January!
In addition to the low crowds, we like to go in January because it gets us away from the cold Pennsylvania winter for a bit! Even “cold” in Florida is much warmer than we would be experiencing at home. A light jacket or a sweatshirt are much more acceptable to wear than a big, thick coat with gloves, hat, and scarf!
The funny thing about January at Disney, though, is that the weather is so unpredictable. The pictures above were taken during our January trip in 2009, while the pictures below were taken in January 2012. That year, we had nice warm weather every day – shorts and t-shirts kind of weather.
The moral of the story is this: if you are traveling to Disney in January, be sure to pack accordingly. Dressing in layers is best!
Another thing to consider when making your January plans is that, because it IS a lower crowd season, Disney often uses this time to close and refurbish some of the rides and attractions. We’ve been there at times when Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and It’s a Small World were closed for refurbishment. This isn’t a big deal to us, but if there’s something on their current “closed for refurbishment” list that is going to make or break your trip, then you may want to keep that in mind. Of course, if you like to plan way in advance, like me, you often won’t know what will be closed. Let’s face it: even without your favorite ride or attraction, there is still lots to do and see to keep you busy! And, missing out on that one attraction is a great excuse to go back!
So, I want to know . . .
Have YOU visited Disney in January?
Would you recommend it?