Planning Your Early 2016 Disney Vacation!

This post is for all of you travelers out there that are looking to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the months of January, February and March!

Anytime during these three months is THE best time to visit Walt Disney World! Reason number one being that the crowd levels are very low, because you guessed the kids are back in school. It’s also not as hot in central Florida during this time of year, but I would still pack a couple of pairs of shorts in your suitcase! Another thing to note is that the park hours are not extended into the late hours of the night like they are during the summer and holiday season. Which means that you can usually catch the Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks at 9:00 pm sometimes even 8:00 am!

January/February/March – Park Events & Holidays!

There are a couple of holidays and events that take place during these months that can bring in a heavier crowd level at times. But, it’s nothing like the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years crowd levels.

  • Marathon Weekends: Disney hosts quite a bit of themed marathons and two of the most popular ones take place during the months of January and February. They are Disney Marathon and the Princess half marathon. This year the Disney Marathon takes place during the weekend of January 8-10 and the Princess half marathon takes place during the weekend of February 19-21.

  • There are three holidays that fall during this time period that will bring in a pretty heavy crowd. They are MLK Jr. weekend which falls on January 15-18, Presidents Day weekend which falls on February 13-15 and Valentines Day February 14. St. Patrick’s Day is also during these months but it does not draw in the crowds to the parks. Usually families take a long weekend in order to visit during these holidays.

How’s the Weather?

During these three months you will most likely be greeted with a VERY chilly morning and evening with a moderate midday. For the most part it is very comfortable weather and you could probably get away with jeans and a t-shirt and maybe a light jacket for the evenings. But sometimes it could get pretty hot and raining. I would just advise to bring both jeans and shorts and short and long sleeve t-shirts. I wouldn’t bring a down jacket unless you check the weather the week before you visit and it says it’s going to be in the 30’s all day.

Ride & Attraction Refurbishments and Closures

The only part that may be a little frustrating during this time is the ride and attractions closures. Disney uses this time of year to close down some of it’s rides and attractions to complete refurbishments on them. You can expect at least one of the main attraction rides and one of the water parks to be down or closed due to general maintenance. Below is a list of all of the rides and attractions that are known to be closed for refurbishment during the months of January, February and March.

  • Soarin’ (January 4 – Summer 2016)

  • Re-Imagination of Maelstrom (October 2014 – April 30, 2016)

  • Splash Mountain (January 10-14)

  • Pizza Planet (January 11-Late 2016)

  • Liberty Bell Riverboat (January 18-22)

  • Mad Tea Party (February 22-26)

  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin (January 25 – February 3)

  • Maharajah Jungle Trek (January 4 – 21)

  • Kali River Rapids (January 4 – February 11)

  • Flights of Wonder (January 25 – March 17)

  • Planet Hollywood (January 6 – Summer 2016)

  • Typhoon Lagoon (January 3 – March 12)

  • Ol’Man Island Pool (Port Orleans Riverside (January 11 – February 29)

  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas (General Refurbishment throughout the resort now through 2017)

  • Polynesian Village Resort (General Refurbishment should be ending soon)

  • Caribbean Beach Resort (General Refurbishment January 3 – February 28)

  • Flying Fish Cafe’ (February 1 – September 30)

All things New and Annual Events!

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. This is a limited time fireworks experience at Hollywood Studios that will be presented nightly. It will feature an amazing firework show performed to the music from the Star Wars movies. Starting January 5 you can book a Fireworks Dessert Party.

Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine at Hollywood & Vine: This is a special dinner with Minnie and her friends. join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy for this perfect Hollywood party filled with dazzling décor and a musical score Jan. 4-March 20, 2016.

EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival: This is an annual event that takes place inside EPCOT all around Future World and World Showcase. To find out more information about this event click here. For more information about all of Disney’s Events and Parties click here.

Are you ready to get the Magic Started on your next Disney Vacation? Contact me today!


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