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    January trip to WDW

    At Disneyland, during weekends and peak seasons, there are many things they do that are not done at other times or during off season. What do they do at WDW like this? I want to plan carefully. I want to know when to be in which park on what day. I will be there in January, right after Christmas has completed. Also, does anyone "fly" during WDW firework shows? We have Tink and Dumbo fly here.

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    Re: January trip to WDW

    They're usually more live entertainment at Epcot (Off Kilter, British Revolution, Mo' Rockin, etc.) on the weekends than during the week. Other than that, I recommend looking at the entertainment schedules on the WDW website when your trip gets closer for more specific information: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/

    For MK's fireworks, they just have Tinkerbell flying but it's a just a simple (and kind of lame) straight line from the castle to the top of the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant. But Tink's costume lights up (and she wears a scary looking mask).

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    Re: January trip to WDW

    Check out Free Disney World Crowd Calendars, Ride Reviews, Resort Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, and More

    Here is their "Best Dates To Visit Disney World" for January 2015:
    Introduction
    This is a month by month look at the cost, crowds, weather, and special events at Walt Disney World.


    The cost section relates primarily to booking a room at a Disney-owned resort. The cost of theme park tickets, upgrades, and other add-ons generally does not change throughout the year, with the exception of theme park tickets, which usually see one price increase during the course of the year. Traditionally, that increase comes in August, though it came during June in 2011.


    The weather section is based on the historical data available. For a look at the last 15 years of Orlando weather on any date, check Trip Planner | Weather Underground This is a handy reference tool, but make sure you look over more than just the past couple of years. The fall of 2009 was one of the hottest on record and January 2010 broke record lows when the temperature dipped below freezing several times.


    The crowds section is based on data from the past several years. Generally speaking, the higher the price of a Disney resort room, the busier the Parks will be. For example, Value season usually has the smallest crowds and Peak and Holiday seasons see the highest crowds. We’ll also take a closer look at the various exceptions throughout the year.


    The Park hours and entertainment section covers the hours of operation at the Disney Parks. If the hours and entertainment aren’t yet available, you’ll see (expected) after the section header. In this case, I’m basing the hours and schedule on past years.


    The best week to visit section takes into account crowd level, available promotions, Park hours, ride closures, resort cost, special events, and other pertinent information. Be sure to check out the day-by-day analysis when available to check on the daily crowd levels and dates of important events.


    The closures and openings section lists all known and expected ride, Park, restaurant, and other closures and openings throughout Disney World. If a ride is closed for refurbishment or reopened after refurbishment or a new ride or restaurant is expected, it will be listed here.


    Finally, I’ve included a brief description of the special events and other nuances throughout the year. This will help you plan around events that may adversely affect your vacation or you might want to tweak your plans to visit during a special event of particular interest. I link straight to the Disney website throughout this calendar so you can read “the official word” about the events or purchase tickets.


    January 2015
    January Cost:


    January 1 is New Year’s, which is just slightly less expensive than Holiday, but more expensive than any other date.
    January 2 – 7 is Value 1, the cheapest season.
    January 8 – 10 is Marathon, which is similar to Regular and Martin Luther King.
    January 11 – 15 is Value 1, the cheapest season.
    January 16 – 18 is Martin Luther King, which is similar to Regular and Marathon.
    January 19 – 31 is Value 1, the cheapest season.
    January Weather: It’s the coldest of the year in Orlando, with an average high of 69 degrees and an average low of 50 degrees. Historically, it rains on 22% of days.


    January Crowds: Many United States school districts continue winter break though January 4th, Christmas level crowds continue into the new year. January 1st – 3rd remains extremely crowded with crowds tapering off significantly beginning Sunday the 4th,


    Crowds are low for the majority of the rest of the month with two major exceptions. Average level crowds are seen for the Marathon from January 8th to 11th. While the marathon brings in thousands of people to the resorts, they don’t have as big of an impact on theme park crowd levels. Martin Luther King Jr. crowds from the 16th to the 18th are some of the heaviest crowds of the month and the highest crowd level we’ll see until President’s Day Weekend in the middle of February. It’s best avoided if possible, but still perfectly doable using the touring strategies discussed on this site.


    January Park Hours and Entertainment: The January operating schedule will appear here when it’s available in the middle of June 2014 (until then it will say the page can’t be found): http://media.disneywebcontent.com/St...nt_january.pdf


    Best Week to Visit Disney World in January 2015: January 21 through February 11th are several of the best weeks to visit of the year with decent weather, some of the lowest crowds of the year, and the lowest prices to stay on Disney property.


    Closures and Openings:


    Continuing Refurbishments:


    None at this time.
    New Refurbishments:


    None at this time – see below.
    Notes:


    Historically, January has the most refurbishments and closures of any month. Lengthy pool refurbishments are also common at Disney resorts as are refurbishments at the water rides, including Splash Mountain.


    January Special Events That May Affect Crowds or Your Stay:


    The Disney World Marathon is held January 7 – 11. While the Marathon doesn’t increase lines at the rides much, it does cause a lot of congestion in and around the Parks on the mornings of January 10th and particularly January 11th. See http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events...e=registration for more information on the event, including pricing and exact race times.


    The last night of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is expected to be January 4th. See November and December for more information about the Lights.


    Beginning in mid-January, South American tour groups tend to visit Disney World en masse due to a long vacation throughout the continent. Expect to see large groups throughout the theme parks. If you do see a group, it’s best to avoid them. They are not as much of a nuisance as during the summer when overall crowds are so much heavier.
    Also, you can check the crowd calendar, to see what days are best to visit which park. Here is a link to the January 2015 crowd calendar:
    01 January 2015 Crowd Calendar — easyWDW
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    Re: January trip to WDW

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    Re: January trip to WDW

    Zip lining Tink huh? At Disneyland she goes around the castle, up down and around for about a minute. Then Dumbo flies for about 30 seconds (very very sweet) and Tink comes back. The Dumbo has slowly flapping ears, and waves goodbye with his feet. It is amazing!

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    Re: January trip to WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    Tink's costume lights up (and she wears a scary looking mask).
    That's because, most of the time, Tink is a guy.

    Also, Cinderella's castle is 189 feet tall, over 100 feet higher than Sleeping Beauty's. That "zip-line" is very high, and very long. It's quite a spectacular sight to see.


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