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Visiting Disneyland in January 2023

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Fewer crowds and cooler temperatures are to be expected when visiting Disneyland in January. And in 2023, January will also mark the beginning of Disney100… an epic celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Big festivities are coming to the Disneyland Resort including the opening of Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway, the debut of new nighttime spectaculars, the return of the Magic Happens parade, and so much more!

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2023? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the reopening of Mickey’s Toontown, the Disney100 Celebration, and more!


 

January At-a-Glance

  • January is one of the rainiest months of the year, so prepare accordingly. While Disneyland typically won’t close due to rain, it can mean a ride closure or two for attractions with outdoor tracks. Another thing to keep in mind is that a rainy day will mean fewer crowds. So if you’re willing to brave the rain, you may find shorter lines throughout the parks!
  • January is considered to be the “off-season” at Disneyland. This means fewer crowds overall. Weekends can still be busy with locals, but weekdays in January should be quite pleasant in terms of crowds.
  • Park hours will be shorter in January, and ride refurbishments are common. Since crowds are fewer, be prepared for shortened park hours and a few ride closures. Water rides almost always close for yearly maintenance around this time of year as the temperatures cool off.
  • Disney100 will be kicking off on January 27, 2023. This celebration includes the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as well as the debut of brand new nighttime spectaculars and the return of the Magic Happens parade.

 

January Events

Sleeping Beauty Castle Holiday | magicintheplanning.comDisneyland in January doesn’t bring too much to the table when it comes to big events. It is the off-season, after all. But there are a few notable events to keep in mind if planning to vacation here this month.

The holiday season runs from November 11 through January 8, 2023. So the first week of the year will still be busy with holiday festivities. Holiday overlays on some of your favorite attractions will need to be removed after this point, which will mean short attraction closures during the final three weeks of January. (Be sure to check our ride refurbishment schedule below for more details.)

Lunar New Year will begin on January 20 at Disney’s California Adventure. Festivities include music, shows, activities, and Asian-themed dining.

Disney100 is taking place all year long in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. Kicking off on January 27, festivities include a brand-new World of Color and fireworks show along with the Magic Happens parade.

Disney After Dark: Sweethearts’ Night is a ticketed event that will take place on January 31 (as well as select nights in February 2023). Festivities begin with a 3-hour pre-party mix-in from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Disneyland Park, followed by a private party from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Parties will feature your favorite Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions will also be open after hours for the party!

 

January Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for January 2023. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • “it’s a small world” will be closed from January 9-19, 2023 to remove its holiday overlay
  • Haunted Mansion will be closing on January 30 to remove its holiday overlay (likely to reopen in mid-February 2023)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru spring 2023
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will be closed January 9-25, 2023
  • Disney Gallery will be closed from January 9, 2023, thru January 25, 2023
  • Wondrous Journeys, a new nighttime spectacular, will be debuting on January 27, 2023
  • Magic Happens parade will be returning on February 24, 2023
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse is currently closed and will be receiving new theming as Adventureland Treehouse (likely to open in 2023)
  • Mickey’s Toontown will be closed from March 9, 2022, through March 8, 2023, for a MAJOR refurbishment and includes the closures of the following attractions:
    • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse (permanently closed)
    • Donald’s Boat – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Chip ‘n Dale’s GADGETcoaster – Opens March 8, 2023
    • Goofy’s Playhouse – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Minnie’s House – Reopens March 8, 2023
    • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – Reopens March 8, 2023
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be opening in Mickey’s Toontown on January 27, 2023
  • Splash Mountain will be closing at some point in 2023 for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Temporarily suspended: Star Wars Launch Bay, Mickey and the Magical Map

Cozy Cone Motel at Night | magicintheplanning.comCalifornia Adventure Park

  • Grizzly River Run will be closed from January 9 through spring 2023
  • Radiator Springs Racers will be closed January 9-23, 2023
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic will close on January 24, 2023. Opening date TBD
  • World of Color – One will be debuting on January 27, 2023
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind will close on January 30, 2023. Opening date TBD
  • Temporarily suspended: Frozen — Live at the Hyperion, Paint the Night Parade

 

January Weather

Overall, Disneyland in January is a bit cooler with an increased risk of rain. The average high is 66 degrees and the low is typically around 48 degrees. As January is one of the rainiest months of the year, coming prepared with rain ponchos and warmer clothing would be a smart idea.

 

January Disneyland Crowds

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Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. But unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

Crowds in January tend to be some of the lowest of the year. That being said, you may want to avoid the first week of January as holiday festivities are still taking place, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend which is known for being a bit crowded.

One additional thing to pay attention to this year is Disney100. With a new attraction, nighttime spectaculars, and the return of the Magic Happens parade, this will undoubtedly bring big crowds during the final week of January! So if you’re looking for the lowest crowds possible in January, it may be wise to play your visit between the 8th (when the holiday festivities end) and the 27th (when Disney100 begins.) 

 

Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in January?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

Disneyland Dining Guides:

 

Disneyland Attraction Guides:

 

Planning your first Disneyland vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!


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