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Visiting Disneyland in January 2024: Disneyland Half Marathon, Lunar New Year, and More!

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Visiting Disneyland in January offers several advantages such as reduced crowds and pleasant weather. The park tends to be less crowded during this time, allowing visitors to enjoy shorter queues and a more relaxed experience. Additionally, the cooler temperatures provide a comfortable atmosphere for exploring the park. It is important to note, however, that because of lower crowds, Disneyland will likely have shorter park hours and more refurbishments during this month.

In 2024, January will also see the comeback of the much-awaited Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. This eagerly anticipated event offers a range of races including a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a challenge event combining the 10K and half marathon.

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)


 

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.
  • runDisney returns to the Disneyland Resort this month! The weekend of January 11-14, 2024, will likely see some crowds due to the return of this popular event. The weekend will feature a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a challenge event (10K and half marathon).

 

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 typically runs from mid-November through the first week of January. 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.)

runDisney is making its return to the Disneyland Resort in 2024 with the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, and the weekend will feature a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a challenge event (10K and half marathon). This year’s event takes place January 11-14.

Lunar New Year at Disney’s California Adventure Park will take place January 23 – February 18. This annual celebration pays tribute to the customs and cultures of China, Vietnam, and Korea. In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, attendees can indulge in Asian-inspired cuisine and drinks, immerse themselves in lively decorations, and enjoy the vibrant “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” led by the beloved character Mushu.

Disney After Dark: Sweethearts’ Night is a ticketed event that will take place on select nights in January and February 2024 in Disneyland Park. 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 feature Disney characters, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special foods and drinks, and collectible merchandise. Select attractions were also open after hours for the party! Prices start at $139 per guest, and dates include January 23, 25, and 30 and February 1, 6, 8, 12, and 14.

 

January Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for January 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • Adventureland Treehouse is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat closed on September 17, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Astro Orbitor closed on November 27, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Fantasmic! has been closed since April 23, 2023, and is scheduled to debut once again on May 24, 2024.
  • Tale of the Lion King closes permanently on January 7, 2024.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant will be closed from January 7-19, 2024
  • “it’s a small world” will close on January 8, 2024, to remove its holiday overlay and reopen on January 19.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Haunted Mansion closes on January 22, 2024, for the expansion of the Haunted Mansion area. No opening date has been announced.
  • Wondrous Journeys Fireworks is currently suspended for the holidays, but the show will hopefully return in early January 2024.

 

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California Adventure Park

  • Rogers: The Musical completed its seasonal run on August 31, 2023, but many are hopeful for a return in 2024.
  • Beast’s Library in the Disney Animation Building will close permanently on December 11, 2023.
  • Paint the Night Parade is currently suspended with no return date announced.
  • World of Color – ONE will be closed from January 8 to February 29, 2024.
  • Grizzly River Run will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date has yet to be announced.

 

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. 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. The Disneyland Half Marathon will also bring additional crowds to the parks.

 

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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