This guide is specifically for guests traveling to Disney World in January 2017. For other months of the year…
January (and February) has some of the lowest crowd levels and cost of the year as well as mild temperatures. With these lower crowds also come increased attraction and resort refurbishment. January also is host to the Disney World Marathon and Martin Luther King Jr. Day which is a school holiday for many. These two dates increase crowd levels for a short period of time, so if you can avoid them, I’d highly recommend it. Park hours are also more limited in January with parks like Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios closing earlier than they do during peak travel times.
January weather in Disney World
According to Weather.com the average high in the month of January is 71 and the low is 47. Be sure to check your favorite weather app prior to your departure to confirm actual temperatures before you pack. Recent years have brought unseasonably warm weather to the area. A sunny 70 degree day can be comfortable in short sleeves and pants (or shorts if you’re brave). It’s best to bring light layers at this time of year just to be safe! All of Disney’s pools are heated, so if you’re brave enough to stick a toe in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Choosing Your Travel Dates/Events to be aware of
- Jan 1-2, 2017 – the end of holiday season. You’ll see the last of the holiday crowds departing over this time frame. Expect peak crowds here!
- Jan 4-7, 2017 Disney hosts the Disney marathon. This annual event will slightly increase hotel capacity but doesn’t have a huge overall change in park attendance (especially after the weekend is over)
- Jan 14-17, 2017 – Martin Luther King Jr weekend. This will be the biggest increase in crowds for January 2017. With many kids having a day or more off of school but locally and nationally, you’ll see a big increase in guests going into the parks. This weekend will likely have the largest crowds of the month.
- Jan 29-30 – Pro Bowl. This year’s NFL Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando this year with some fanfare to be held in Disney World. This again will likely increase hotel capacity for the weekend and may have a short increase in crowds (I’m guessing a Magic Kingdom parade will be involved).
- No promotional offers will be available at the time of publication. Look toward October for promotional offers for early 2017 (based on historical releases). In previous years, both a room offers and package promotion were both available.
When to book dining
Dining reservations are available 180 days in advance of your arrival date which means you can bee dining for January travel beginning in July! If you have an active package, you’ll have the ability to book dining for your entire length of stay. If you’re inside that mark, you may not see every dining reservation available – especially popular things like character dinners (especially Cinderella’s Table, and Chef Mickey’s) and popular locations like Ohana and Be Our Guest. Don’t let lack of availability worry you, since all Disney dining reservations require a credit card guarantee, cancellations do happen so persistence and patience are key!
So how much will it cost a family of 4 to travel to Disney World in January of 2017? Let’s do the math. Remember these are NON-DISCOUNTED rates so your total could be less than the ones listed below.
The Smith family wants a fun an inexpensive vacation and are planning 7 days and 6 nights at a value resort. I suggested Pop Century in a preferred room since it’s most centrally located among the value resorts. They are taking mom, dad, Susie – 13 and Jenny – 9 on their first vacation! They have decided on 5 days of base tickets to really focus on one park each day and to save a little bit of money and will pay for meals out of pocket and bring some snacks with as well, so no dining plan. $2260.80
The Jones family wants a moderately priced vacation and are also planning 7 days and 6 nights, but they want to stay at a moderate resort. Their two daughters love Disney princesses so they are considering an upgrade to a royal guest room. They are also going to do 5 days of base tickets but are considering the upgrade to park hoppers to see more with their time. If the Jones family chooses the least expensive package options, their moderate vacation would cost them $2810.80. If they added park hoppers to their tickets, their vacation would cost them $3104.76. And if they wanted to upgrade to a royal room their vacation would cost them $3342.16
The Howell family wants to go all out for their two children’s first Disney World vacation and stay in a deluxe resort for 7 days and 6 nights. They definitely want park hoppers to see everything and they are considering the dining plan. Their preferred resort is Wilderness Lodge but with the construction scheduled, they are going to try out the recently renovated Polynesian resort to have access to Magic Kingdom. and Epcot. With 5 days of park hoppers, their vacation would cost them $4808.04. If they did elect to add the dining plan, their vacation would cost them $6165.30
The bottom line
January is a great month to save money at Disney World. A family of 4 can spend just over $500 per person! With low pricing and usually great special offers, your family can still save a lot of money! I can’t wait to see what 2017 discounts Disney offers to knock off several hundred dollars off the prices above!
Start planning your January 2017 vacation
Ready to get started planning your 2017 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!