What to Expect at Disneyland in January
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 Weather in January
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
What to Pack, What to Wear in January
The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.
Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect. It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.
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.
December 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 really 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.
January HoursHours will be longer through the first weekend of the month. After that:
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.
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 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.
Disneyland Crowds in January
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.
- 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 Tinker Bell Marathon, filled with runners who have to be on the course very early in the morning.
Disneyland January Events
- The Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Fun Run happens in mid-January. It ends before the park opens, but expect more people to be there than usual.