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Guide to the January 2024 Events in Disney World

A trip to sunny Orlando, Florida with a focus on Disney World fun is something for travelers to look forward to any time of year. Disney has a way with festivals and events that’s certainly hard to top. If you’re fortunate enough to be spending time at Disney World in Orlando in January 2024, you’ll find spectacularly magical moments waiting to be enjoyed thanks to a robust lineup of fun, activities, and attractions on the calendar. The following are a few events in Disney World that you’re going to want to be sure to check out while you’re here.

Weather Expectations in January in Orlando

Travelers who are excited to spend time in Orlando at Disney World in January will want to be sure to be ready for a variety of weather expectations during their stay. While you can count on the fun being consistently wonderful at Disney World this time of year, the weather may be a bit harder to predict. In years past, January in Orlando has come with early morning temperatures in the lower 50s and averages in the 70s by late afternoon. It’s always a good idea to pack in layers so you can adjust throughout the day as you spend quality time with family and friends at the parks.

Run Your Way to Disney Fun

An exciting event on the calendar in January 2024 is the Walt Disney World Marathon. Those who love to challenge themselves and run their way to fun will love every second of this thrilling annual event. The marathon and collection of accompanying shorter races are scheduled to be held between January 3 and January 7, 2024. The routes wind their way through the Disney parks giving participants plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and find magical motivation to cross the finish line! Athletes can even dress up in their best Disney-themed apparel if they choose to. The Walt Disney World Marathon is one that always fills up fast so if you want to participate in January 2024, do be sure to register in advance.

Spend Time at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts

At eight years old in 2024, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is still considered one of the newer additions to the Disney annual event lineup and one that visitors and locals alike are always thrilled to enjoy! When you head this way in January, you’ll be right on time to make the most of the fun as the festival is scheduled to run from January 12, 2024, through February 19, 2024. When you enjoy this annual event, you’ll be participating in what’s described as the “ultimate celebration of world-class food, visual art, and live entertainment.” The combination promises to thrill as the event invites guests to enjoy culinary food and art from across the globe as well as mesmerizing photo opportunities. There are paint-by-number murals to contribute to and a full Broadway concert series to enjoy during your visit. Tasting sessions are available at 13 booths across the park during the festival while opportunities to speak with artists about their work are something you won’t want to miss. Most of the festival events in Disney World and EPCOT occur between park opening and 5:00 pm daily but if you want to take in some of the special performances, be sure to check the park app before you arrive as those showtimes fluctuate.

Savor Holiday Décor at Its Best

Yes, Christmas may be officially over by January 1, 2024, but the festive feeling is still alive and well throughout Disney World parks through about mid-January making it a great time for travelers to soak up those last-minute holiday vibes. Park decorations begin to switch over to beginning-of-the-year aesthetics by the middle of January, so if you spend time at Disney at the start of January 2024, you can still enjoy holiday decor at Cinderella’s Castle, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom too. While the Christmas entertainment comes to a close at the end of December, there are still options to pick up seasonal merchandise before February rolls around. This can be a fun way to commemorate customized holidays at the parks, even if your travel plans didn’t have you here in December. It’s a must for anyone passionate about collecting one-of-a-kind Disney merch during a visit. Be sure to have your camera in hand during your January visit to capture the views, holiday colors, and sparkles before they disappear until next December!

Book Your Orlando Adventure Today

Now is the very best time to begin putting your Orlando travel plans into action for 2024 adventures. At Magical Vacation Homes, we have the vacation rental you need to elevate your stay in luxury, comfort, and style upon arrival. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting property options available across Orlando that keep you close to the fun at every turn. We look forward to helping you make more of every moment and can’t wait to see you in sunny Florida soon.