|Christmas decorations are still up in early January!|
First of all, the weather in January, at least for us, was beautiful. Most of the time it was in the 60s or 70s, and we absolutely loved it. I've heard of horror stories where it snowed (I'm looking at you, marathon weekend 2010), but for us, the weather was pretty much perfect. Plus it doesn't rain as much in January as in August. And I'd rather be a little chilly than melting in the summer sun.
Second of all, almost all the Christmas decorations are still up. Really the only decorations that end in December are the castle icicle lights and the Christmas parties. The Osborne lights and the gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian end on the 4th or 5th of January, but you can schedule your trip, so you can still see them. Some of the restaurants even had their Christmas menus still, which was cool. And the best part? Early January (pretty much as soon as January 2nd or 3rd rolls around) is value season. So you get all the beauty of Christmas at a fraction of the Christmas prices.
And finally, the crowds are great in January. Not only do you get all the beauty of Christmas at a fraction of the PRICE, you also get all the beauty at a fraction of the CROWDS. It certainly isn't dead the week after New Year's, but the crowds are likely less than half of the crowds the previous week. Arrive at rope drop and use a touring plan, and you'll get everything done before dinner time.
The only negative thing about early January, in my opinion, is the park hours. They're much shorter than what we were used to in August. Sometimes Epcot closed the latest at 9. Interestingly, this didn't bother us very much. We were tired from waking up early anyway, and we didn't mind going to bed at 10:30. We even had time to go swimming after the parks, but we were just too tired. I bet it wouldn't be too cold in those heated pools!
Have you ever visited Walt Disney World in early January? What were your favorite and least favorite things about it? Let me know your thoughts in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!