Disneyland in January

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    Disneyland in January

    Disneyland in January
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    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.

    To decide if January is when you want to visit, read what's below but also check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland in winter.

    Disneyland's January Hours

    Disneyland's hours are generally shorter when the days are shorter. That changes for the holidays, and the parks will be open 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 night parades, World of Color, 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 weekend hours.

    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 to take down the holiday decorations, and they may remain closed into February.

    The less-busy season in terms of visitors is the busy time for the Disneyland maintenance team, with major closures happening this time of year.

    Check touringplans.com for a list of rides which are expected to be closed for refurbishment.

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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in January

    Courtesy of Disneyland

    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.

    After the first week of January, school holidays end. In general, the rest of the month is relatively uncrowded. You can consult the website isitpacked.com for their day-by-day crowd predictions. 

    Cost Considerations

    Tickets: Disney sometimes offers promotional deals in January, selling adult tickets for the kids' price or Park Hoppers at the price of a one park ticket. Check their website for details and dates.

    Hotel Costs: Toward the end of January, 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.

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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in January

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

    The averages below can help you get a rough idea of what Disneyland's January weather will be like.

    California weather is less predictable year to year than in other places. No matter what the averages say, the worst rain all winter could fall on your Disneyland day, or it could be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. 

    January is one of Anaheim's rainiest months. During a winter storm, rainfall can be quite hard. Disneyland never closes because of it, rides with outdoor tracks may close when it's raining.

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°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
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    Take a poncho or hooded rain jacket if rain is forecasted. Leave your umbrellas somewhere else, though. 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 want to enjoy Splash  Mountain or Grizzly River Run, choose clothing that will dry out quickly afterward. A simple plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If you want to carry more water-shedding gear, you can rent a locker so you don't have to carry it around all day.

    Before you start packing, check 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.

    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 ​it continues through November and December.