• On Oct 23, 2008
    Jena 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.

    Are the parks so busy in January that it would be worth paying the extra money to stay on property for the extra magic hours?

    Once the New Year's crowd departs, WDW becomes a delightful place to tour during the month of January.

    My family frequently travels to WDW in January for this very reason. We also honeymooned with Mickey in late January!

    While crowds will be low, remember that January has limited hours. Parks will close earlier than during more popular months. Yet, it is not necessary to utilize Extra Magic Hours.

    Staying on property does allow you to easily return to your resort for an afternoon rest. It also allows your family to be immersed in the magic of WDW for your entire vacation. If you do stay off-site, plan your itinerary so that you are not touring a park on the day that it is scheduled for a morning or evening EMH. WDW guests tend to flock to the EMH park, thus making that park busier.

    January has some of the lowest crowds all year!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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