Disneyland in January

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    Disneyland in January

    Disneyland Castle at Sunset
    ••• Disneyland Castle at Sunset. Courtesy of Disneyland

    The first week of January is the end of the holiday season, with decorations still up and holiday entertainment through the end of that week.

    After that, you might expect things to get quiet, but a lot of events (listed below) can cause crowds to increase on specific dates.

    Check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland visiting Disneyland in winter.

    Disneyland's January Hours

    Hours will be longer through the first weekend of the month. After that in general:

    Monday through Thursday: Both parks are open about 10 hours a day. Parades may run only once and World of Color, the Aladdin show, Fantasmic! and the Disneyland fireworks may not happen at all.

    Friday through Sunday: Parks will be open between 11 and 16 hours. Martin Luther King Day (third Monday) will have a weekend schedule.

    California Adventure hours are often shorter than Disneyland's. Check January hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

    January Closures at Disneyland

    Haunted Mansion and it's a small world close the second week of January...MORE to take down the holiday decorations and they may remain closed into February. The less-busy season regarding visitors is the busy season for the Disneyland maintenance team, with major closures happening this time of year.

    Touringplans.com keeps a list of which other rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.

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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in January

    Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side
    ••• Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. Disney

    After the first week of January, school holidays end. Website  isitpacked.com says the rest of the month is relatively uncrowded. Use their crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.

    January 1 is one of the few days a year when Disneyland can get so crowded that it reaches capacity. When that happens, they have to obey the fire codes and can't let any more people in, whether they have a ticket or not.

    Cost Considerations

    • Tickets: Disney often offers promotional deals in January, selling adult tickets for the kids' price or Park Hoppers at the price of a one park per day ticket. Check their website for details and dates.
    • Hotel Costs: Toward the end of the month, the NAMM show takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center. It's the year's biggest convention, filling hotels to capacity and raising their rates. Get this year's dates for the show if you want to avoid it. Hotel rates may also go up the weekend of the Star Wars Half Marathon, filled with runners who...MORE have to be on the course very early in the morning.

    Disneyland January Events

    • The Star Wars Half Marathon happens in mid-January. It ends before the park opens, but expect more people to be there than usual.
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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in January

    Getting an Autograph from Minnie Mouse
    ••• Getting an Autograph from Minnie Mouse. ©2011 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year. The worst rain all winter could fall on your Disneyland day or it could be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

    January is one of Anaheim's rainiest months and during a winter storm, rainfall can be quite hard. Disneyland never closes because of it, but a rainy day can cause rides with outdoor tracks to close.

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C).

    • Average High Temperature: 66°F (19°C)
    • Average Low Temperature: 48°F (9°C)
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 2 inches (5 cm) rain
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    What to Pack, What to Wear in January

    Meeting Snow White at Disneyland
    ••• Meeting Snow White at Disneyland. Loren Javier/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.

    January is one of the rainiest months in Southern California. Take a poncho or hooded rain jacket if rain is expected. Leave your umbrellas somewhere else: it's hard to move around a theme park while carrying one and they're a nuisance to stow every time you want to go on a ride.

    January can be cool to chilly, especially after the sun goes down. If you're planning on taking water rides, choose clothing that will dry out quickly - a pair of soggy blue jeans can get uncomfortable after a couple of hours. A simple plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If it all seems like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.

    Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.

    More Disneyland by Month

    Disneyland's least crowded months are January and February but hours are short, rides may be...MORE closed for refurbishment and entertainment options are fewer.

    Spring is great weather-wise and part of MarchApril, and even early May are less crowded.

    Summer's busy season is JuneJuly, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most crowded time of year. That's when you'll definitely need to know these proven ways to spend less time standing in line at Disneyland.

    September is less crowded and has great weather. The holiday season begins in October when the Halloween decorations go up and continues through November and December.