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January Vacationers

January is one of the slowest months at Walt Disney World. A time of year when the tickets are the cheapest, the rooms are the least expensive and the crowds are the lowest. So enjoy those low crowds by riding lots of attractions and meeting tons of characters. Check out these special events happening during the month of January, find out if you want to avoid them or add them to your itinerary.

January 1st-10th

January 11th-20th

January 21st-31st

January 1st-10th

January 2nd, 7th and 9th

Early Morning Magic Toy Story Land

Enjoy the latest addition to Walt Disney World, Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios before the rest of the guests arrive. Ride the three rides that make up this land, meet three Toy Story characters and eat a delicious breakfast. Purchase early morning magic passes on top of your regular admission. The cost is $79 per adult and $69 per child. The event starts at 7:30am before the park opens at 9am. Be sure to be here on time as it take a while to make it all the way back to this area of Hollywood Studios.

January 6th and 8th

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

Purchase an Early Morning Magic pass along with your park admission and you’ll have access to Fantasyland from 7:45 until 9am. An hour before all other guests. There are only three attractions open during this event: Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. To ride the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train guests must be 38″. These tickets also gives you access to breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. To get full value for this event be sure to be at the Magic Kingdom entrance at 7:30am. I would suggest doing the rides first and then eat after. Main Street U.S.A. opens at 8am so if you are late for this event you may end up caught up in the congestion of other visitors. The cost for this additional event is $69 per adult and $59 per child.

January 9th & 10th

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

On the 9th and 10th the Marathon weekend’s expo will be open at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. A great place to learn more about running, find one of a kind items and listen to some incredible speakers. The expo is where runners can pick up their race kits, including their race shirts. The expo will run from 10am-8pm on Wednesday and 10am until 7pm on Thursday. All the resorts provide transportation to the expo.

Walt Disney World 5k

Race through Walt Disney World’s Epcot with this 5k. The event starts at 5:30am and as of right now registration is still open. The cost is $85 per participant, or participate in the Doopey challenge which includes this race for $585. Because the event is so early is will not disrupt your day at the parks. Everything will be cleaned up by the time the parks are close to opening.

January 11th-20th

January 11th-13th

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Race Expo

On the 11th and 12th, guests can check out the marathon weekend’s race expo. You don’t have to be participating in the event to take advantage of the deals and merchandise being offered at the expo. The expo takes place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, you can take transportation from your Disney resort or drive if you have your own vehicle. There are a variety of session going on through the weekend at the expo, including guest speakers and yoga classes. On Friday the expo is open from 9:30am until 7:00pm and on Saturday it’s open from 9:30am until 3:00pm.

10K Race

On the morning of the 11th, racers will run through Epcot and along Crescent Lake to complete their 10k distance. Many characters will be featured along the way. Those staying at one of the Crescent Lake resorts may notice an increase in noise in the early hours as racers run along their property. The race begins at 5:30am. Registration is still open, $125 per participant or participate in the Doopey Challenge for $585 which includes this race.

1/2 Marathon

On the 12th, racers will run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back. The race begins at 5:30am but racers have until after 9am to complete the race. So heading to the Magic Kingdom from any resort other than the Magic Kingdom resorts for park open may be difficult. It’s a good day to head to Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom if you’re staying elsewhere on property. The event is still open for registration if you’re interested. $188 per participant, or if you participate in the Goofy Challenge or the Doopey Challenge you’ll be participating in the half. You can also cheer racers on by taking transportation from the starting line to the Magic Kingdom. A very cool way to be in the park before other guests.

Marathon

The final day of the race weekend is the 13th which is on the Sunday. Racers begin outside of Epcot and then race to the Magic Kingdom, to Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios and then to Epcot again. So Epcot is probably not your best choice for this particular day. The race begins at 5:30am and they have until 12:30pm to complete the race. The race literally runs through Epcot, so people strolling through World Showcase are sure to see exhausted racers finishing up their 26.2 miles. Registration is still open for this event as well. It’s $188, or participate in either the Doopey or the Goofy to gain automatic entry into this event.

January 14th and 16th

Early Morning Magic Toy Story Land

Enjoy the latest addition to Walt Disney World, Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios before the rest of the guests arrive. Ride the three rides that make up this land, meet three Toy Story characters and eat a delicious breakfast. Purchase early morning magic passes on top of your regular admission. The cost is $79 per adult and $69 per child. The event starts at 7:30am before the park opens at 9am. Be sure to be here on time as it take a while to make it all the way back to this area of Hollywood Studios.

January 15th

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

Purchase an Early Morning Magic pass along with your park admission and you’ll have access to Fantasyland from 7:45 until 9am. An hour before all other guests. There are only three attractions open during this event: Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. To ride the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train guests must be 38″. These tickets also gives you access to breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. To get full value for this event be sure to be at the Magic Kingdom entrance at 7:30am. I would suggest doing the rides first and then eat after. Main Street U.S.A. opens at 8am so if you are late for this event you may end up caught up in the congestion of other visitors. The cost for this additional event is $69 per adult and $59 per child.

January 18th-20th

National College Cheerleading & Dance Championship

The most prestigious competition in the USA takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. With teams from across the country you can watch routines, jumps and flips as these teams compete for top honours.

January 18th-20th

Festival of the Arts

This festival is in its third year. Epcot will be amassed in all things art. From paintings to sculptures, performances and delectable food. This festival will make Epcot a must visit for your vacation. It will also encourage season pass holders to come out during the festivals run. The festival begins January 18th and runs until February 25th.

The Culinary Arts

As a part of the Festival of the Arts, the culinary arts is being offered daily from 11am-9pm. There will be a variety of locations where you can enjoy dishes that are not just made to delight your taste buds but are also made to resemble pieces of art. Perfect for you instagramers out there, who love to snap and enjoy. Similar to the Food and Wine Festival there will be stations found throughout World Showcase offering special foods. You can pick up a booklet that will allow you to check off the items as you enjoy them.

The Visual Arts

Another element of the Festival of the Arts. Explore the art of Disney in Epcot with 8 exhibits open throughout the park. Learn from Disney artists and illustrators at seminars and professional workshops. Take pictures at special photo locations. What sounds the most fun to me are the participation events. With Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, taking you around World Showcase looking for Figment in pictures found in the different pavilions. The Hands-On Wall Mural, where you’ll watch a giant mural come to life and you can add to it too.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

The performance part of the Festival of the Arts has moved to every night this year. Performers will be appearing for two whole weeks, each night. Head to the America Gardens Theatre in the American Pavilion to watch Broadway stars share songs from the beloved Disney Broadway musicals. Three shows at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm. They have yet to release the names participating this year so stay tuned.

January 19th-21st

Disney 3v3 Soccer Championship

The soccer fields of ESPN Wide World of Sports will be covered with soccer players ranging from 5 to 19 years of age. Competitive to love of the game. Check out some of the more intense games or some sweet youngsters playing their hearts out.

January 21st-31st

Festival of the Arts

This festival is in its third year. Epcot will be amassed in all things art. From paintings to sculptures, performances and delectable food. This festival will make Epcot a must visit for your vacation. It will also encourage season pass holders to come out during the festivals run. The festival begins January 18th and runs until February 25th.

The Culinary Arts

As a part of the Festival of the Arts, the culinary arts is being offered daily from 11am-9pm. There will be a variety of locations where you can enjoy dishes that are not just made to delight your taste buds but are also made to resemble pieces of art. Perfect for you instagramers out there, who love to snap and enjoy. Similar to the Food and Wine Festival there will be stations found throughout World Showcase offering special foods. You can pick up a booklet that will allow you to check off the items as you enjoy them.

The Visual Arts

Another element of the Festival of the Arts. Explore the art of Disney in Epcot with 8 exhibits open throughout the park. Learn from Disney artists and illustrators at seminars and professional workshops. Take pictures at special photo locations. What sounds the most fun to me are the participation events. With Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, taking you around World Showcase looking for Figment in pictures found in the different pavilions. The Hands-On Wall Mural, where you’ll watch a giant mural come to life and you can add to it too.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

The performance part of the Festival of the Arts has moved to every night this year. Performers will be appearing for two whole weeks, each night. Head to the America Gardens Theatre in the American Pavilion to watch Broadway stars share songs from the beloved Disney Broadway musicals. Three shows at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm. They have yet to release the names participating this year so stay tuned.

January 21st, 23rd, 28th and 30th

Early Morning Magic Toy Story Land

Enjoy the latest addition to Walt Disney World, Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios before the rest of the guests arrive. Ride the three rides that make up this land, meet three Toy Story characters and eat a delicious breakfast. Purchase early morning magic passes on top of your regular admission. The cost is $79 per adult and $69 per child. The event starts at 7:30am before the park opens at 9am. Be sure to be here on time as it take a while to make it all the way back to this area of Hollywood Studios.

January 22nd and 29th

Early Morning Magic Fantasyland

Purchase an Early Morning Magic pass along with your park admission and you’ll have access to Fantasyland from 7:45 until 9am. An hour before all other guests. There are only three attractions open during this event: Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train. To ride the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train guests must be 38″. These tickets also gives you access to breakfast at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. To get full value for this event be sure to be at the Magic Kingdom entrance at 7:30am. I would suggest doing the rides first and then eat after. Main Street U.S.A. opens at 8am so if you are late for this event you may end up caught up in the congestion of other visitors. The cost for this additional event is $69 per adult and $59 per child.

January 23rd-27th

NFL Pro Bowl Week

Lucky for all you football fans, January 23rd-27th is all about the NFL at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. There are games to watch and even some free activities for the whole family to enjoy, including practices. Head to the stands to watch some of your favourite players in action. Talk about a bonus for your Disney vacation.

These events happen yearly so consider this for next year if you want to head down next January. Happy Planning, Friends.

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