January 2020 at Walt Disney World–Events, Closures, and Discounts

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Here’s what to expect for January 2020 at Walt Disney World.

Events

  • The holidays are over, and it’s back to storage for the decorations around Walt Disney World.
  • Marathon Weekend is almost upon us! The Expo opens beginning on Wednesday, January 8 at Wide World of Sports. The 5k will be held on Thursday, January 9. The 10k will be Friday, January 10. The Half Marathon will be Saturday, January 11, as well as the kids’ races. The full marathon will be on Sunday, January 12. Expect road closures in the morning of Saturday and Sunday, and you may even hear some of the excitement from certain hotel rooms around Walt Disney World.
  • The ever-popular Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins on Friday, January 17. This popular event includes everything imaginable in the realm of arts including live performances, a scavenger hunt, artistic food, and hands-on events and demonstrations, plus all sorts of artwork on display (and some for purchase).
  • Monday, January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Expect higher crowds over the weekend leading into this holiday, as many schools and businesses have the day off.
  • Wednesday, January 22 starts Pro Bowl Week. Although this event doesn’t have a major impact on crowd levels, it is something that you may want to be aware of.
  • If you’re looking for the best time to visit the parks, we recommend the period between January 12-16.

For the latest details on crowd levels, check out the TouringPlans Crowd Calendar.

Discounts

Here’s the current discounts you can book at Walt Disney World.

Discount information is courtesy of Small World Vacations

 

 

Discount Disney Visa Riviera Offer
Discount Type Room-Only
Book By February 14, 2020
Travel Dates Most nights December 16, 2019 through March 31, 2020
Details Save up to 40% at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Length of stay requirements may apply.
Disney Visa required at booking and Disney Visa cardholder must stay in room.
Full details from Small World Vacations.

 

Discount 2020 Military Offer
Discount Type Room-Only
Book By December 19, 2020
Travel Dates Most nights:
January 1 to April 4, 2020
April 19 to December 18, 2020
Details Valid military ID required at check-in
For stays of 1 to 14 nights
Not available for all resorts or room types
Other restrictions apply
Full details from Small World Vacations.

 

Discount Florida Resident Offer
Discount Type Room-Only
Book By April 25, 2020
Travel Dates Most nights January 1, 2020 through April 25, 2020
Details Save up to 30% on select room rates
Length of stay requirements may apply.
Proof of Florida residency required at check-in
Full details from Small World Vacations.

Contact Small World Vacations to book any of these discounts today.

Refurbishments

  • The Walt Disney World Railroad continues its lengthy refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain is scheduled for its winter refurb from January 6-February 28.
  • Kali River Rapids will also close for its scheduled winter refurb from January 6-March 21.
  • Blizzard Beach is scheduled to reopen on January 13. Also on January 13, Typhoon Lagoon will close for its winter refurbishment.
  • The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Canada Far and Wide, and Awesome Planet movies in Epcot are all scheduled to open on January 17.
  • Keep looking to the stars–reservations for the new Space 220 restaurant are coming soon!

Do you have a trip coming up this month? Let us know in the comments!

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Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and totally awesome homeschooled ten-year-old daughter.

One thought on “January 2020 at Walt Disney World–Events, Closures, and Discounts

  • January 2, 2020 at 2:08 pm
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    I will be in Disney from 1/25/20-1/31/20. Do we know opening dates for the Regal Eagle and Space 2020 yet?
    Thanks!

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