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Old 11-19-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Wdw in January

How is it? What is the weather usually like I'm thinking of taking my just turned 6 year old DD for her birthday. I was looking at Jan 14-18 or Jan 21-25. Any thoughts or tips?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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It can range from cold at night (30's) to 80 during the day and everywhere in between. Take layers of clothes so you can add and subtract as necessary.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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its winter, it will be cool, if not cold..It wont be snowing but it wont be 90 degrees, either,,.Bring jeans , sweatshirts, and a jacket. Its funny (and tiring0 to hear tourist complain about the FL weather becasue it is Nov, Dec and jan but it isnt 90 degrees..hello people,,its winter!! lol
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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We went around that time a few years ago. One day we wore jeans and a t-shirt during the day. A couple days later it was cold and we wore coats and were still a little chilly. It also rained one day. We were there for a week and the weather changed almost daily.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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I have gone in january the last few years. I think the weather is perfect. It is shorts during the day, and a light jacket at night. I agree with dressing in layers...
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:22 PM   #6
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We've done mid-January the past couple years, and I agree with everyone else here: layers!

I'd start the morning off in jeans, a long-sleeved tee, a regular tee shirt on top, and a north face-type jacket. Shorts and gloves were always in the backpack for (hopefully!) later in the day. Throughout the day, clothes would start coming off. I'd take the jacket off after about an hour or two, the long-sleeved tee would be removed usually around 11-12ish, and on some days, jeans would be traded in for shorts in the early afternoon peak heat time. By dinner, pants and long-sleeve shirt were back, and after sunset, the jacket came back, too. On late EMH days, the gloves came out after a few hours.

There will almost certainly be a substantial range in temps while you're there, so you'll have to pack smart. It's a bigger pain to go clothes-wise at this time of year, but it's so worth the lighter crowds!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #7
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It's a crapshoot, for sure. About six years ago my granddaughter (teenager then) came down to visit in early January. One day we went to the Magic Kingdom and it was pleasant shirtsleeve weather, about 80 and sunny. The very next day we went to Sea World and froze with jackets on. My wife had to get us all wool gloves in the gift shop. Evenings will usually be cool to cold even when it's nice during the day, so definitly follow the layer advice.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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I guess I should have included this question I'm the op. Hubby and I went this past Feb 6-10 is the weather that much different?....thanks to all who have replied
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:26 PM   #9
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How is it? What is the weather usually like I'm thinking of taking my just turned 6 year old DD for her birthday. I was looking at Jan 14-18 or Jan 21-25. Any thoughts or tips?


Lots and lots of Brazilian tour groups as January is their school vacation. They were also there in July and most days the parks were Just something to keep in mind so you can plan accordingly.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #10
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Winter is our favorite time of year at WDW! We love the lower crowds (generally) and prefer it chilly than crazy hot. We've done January and February and have both times had it be pretty chilly in the morning, although certainly not as cold as it is at home, but I do think we've used park tickets as ice scrapers on our rental cars a few times. That doesn't stop us for sure, though! We'll be there this year and can't wait! Praying it's not crazy cold, but it'll be fun whatever the weather is like.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:23 PM   #11
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We've done mid-January the past couple years, and I agree with everyone else here: layers!

I'd start the morning off in jeans, a long-sleeved tee, a regular tee shirt on top, and a north face-type jacket. Shorts and gloves were always in the backpack for (hopefully!) later in the day. Throughout the day, clothes would start coming off. I'd take the jacket off after about an hour or two, the long-sleeved tee would be removed usually around 11-12ish, and on some days, jeans would be traded in for shorts in the early afternoon peak heat time. By dinner, pants and long-sleeve shirt were back, and after sunset, the jacket came back, too. On late EMH days, the gloves came out after a few hours.

There will almost certainly be a substantial range in temps while you're there, so you'll have to pack smart. It's a bigger pain to go clothes-wise at this time of year, but it's so worth the lighter crowds!
This is what we do also. Layers are key. Both years we were there, even during the great freeze of 2010, we had at least one day that was warm enough for shorts. But we're from the NorthWest, we're 50 degrees and sunny is shorts
weather! I would definitely bring a hat and gloves. They can be hard to find in Florida.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #12
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Lots and lots of Brazilian tour groups as January is their school vacation.
This. We weren't aware of this before we went in late January a few years ago. The groups were EVERYWHERE.

We also had quite a snap of cold weather. We didn't expect 90 degrees, but we were hoping for the average high of 70. We were FREEZING the first few days. For me personally, it was awful to be walking around all day in the cold.

We had fun, but I will never go in January again.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:24 AM   #13
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I've always gone in January. Went 2006,2007,2008... And I'll be going again this year. All those years, it was like a chilly fall morning, then shorts and tee shirts during the day.. And shorts and a hoodie or jeans and a hoodie depending on your tolerance. All but 1 year it was defiantly swimming weather.

Maybe we just got lucky but it's always been beautiful.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #14
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Mid/Late January is a great time to go, if you get lucky with the weather. A Disney vacation cost $$$$, and taking a big gamble on weather is something we just don't like to do. You know it rains allot in Orlando, but rain and cold, or just cold wouldn't be worth it for us. Also, Splash Mt. will be closed and we wouldn't plan a trip unless same were open.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #15
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Lots and lots of Brazilian tour groups as January is their school vacation. They were also there in July and most days the parks were Just something to keep in mind so you can plan accordingly.
Yup and not just Disney..they descend on Orlando themeparks in large groups..Universal was PACKED with them ( we did a Universal only trip last year)
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