• On Oct 17, 2019
    Sandeep from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello my husband and I are thinking of coming second week in January. Is it cold and rainy? Does the park close early?

    Sandeep, welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I think the only “downfall” associated with a Disney vacation is having to pack all.the.things! I’m a planner, obviously (!), so I make sure that I have back-up plans A, B, and C, which leads to a lot of luggage!

    You will find some of the lowest crowds in the parks during January, so it’s a fantastic time to maximize a visit. In general, the average high temperature is in the mid-60s, and the average low is in the 40s. January can be one of the wettest months of the yEAR in Anaheim, so plan accordingly. We have a spare set of ponchos for Disney permanently in our trunk! But, despite the rain, Disneyland Resort will stay open. Some of the rides may temporarily close if they have an outdoor track (think Matterhorn Bobsleds), but in general, the parks operate as usual.

    The Resort’s hours are shorter during the winter because the days are shorter. But no worries, you will have plenty of time for all the fun! The parks tend to be open longer on the weekends, and as you get closer to your date, you can check Park Hours specifically for when you are visiting on the calendar. Currently, the schedule is showing hours through December.

    Hopefully, your visit will coincide with the Lunar New Year Celebrations! During the Year of the Pig celebrations this past January, the Three Little Pigs made a rare appearance, and Mickey & Minnie were decked out in glorious red attire! The food was delicious, the entertainment was spectacular, and Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession was enchanting!

    If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to come back — chEARs to a magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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