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If you’re going to Disneyland in January, here’s your guide to planning a magical trip to the Happiest Place on Earth from the Disneyland experts.

Updated for 2018!

Disneyland in January
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Disneyland in January

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What’s New at Disneyland in January

"it's a small world" holiday
“it’s a small world” holiday
  • Disneyland Resort’s holiday festivities and decor wrap up on January 7, 2018. If you’re hoping to see Sleeping Beauty Castle all decked out in holiday glitter, be sure to head to the parks in early January.
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday continues into late January this year. Seasonal FASTPASS may be available.
  • All runDisney events at Disneyland Resort will be on hold in 2018 and until further notice.
  • Disneyland After Dark debuts January 18th. This extra ticketed event will run late into the night on select nights this winter.
  • Lots of changes over at California Adventure as Paradise Pier turns into Pixar Pier.
  • Lunar New Year returns January 26 to February 18, celebrating the Year of the Dog.

Disneyland in January Park Plans

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Disneyland in January Closures

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The Happiest Blog on Earth

Disneyland ride closures fluctuate quite a bit during the slower season. Some rides might not be closed the entire month and sometimes there is no notice for closures. Be sure to check out the official Disneyland app for closures during your visit.

  • California Screamin’ (closed permanently, see Pixar Fest for details)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (1/8-early spring when it reopens with a new shaded queue)
  • Grizzly River Run (1/8-TBA)
  • Haunted Mansion (1/8-TBA)
  • Main Street Vehicles (1/8-late winter as Main Street’s horse drawn street car track will be replaced in its entirety)
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel (1/8-TBA)
  • Splash Mountain (1/2-TBA)
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (1/2-TBA)

Are you headed to Disneyland or California Adventure during January, tell us about it or let us know how we can help plan your trip.

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.


  • Hi Jessica,
    We are taking a family trip to LA in January. One of the things we want to do is take the kids to disneyland, my kids ages are 18, 15 and 4. Can we do both parks on one day?
    Ana Contreras

    • It’s possible! I expect to have a Disneyland Plan for print out available this fall, so in plenty of time for your trip. I do recommend 3 days, but of course everyone’s schedule and budget is different! I’d love to help you plan.

  • Katie

    We will be going to Disneyland January 8th – 12th, 2019. With going at the first of the year it seems like it’s really difficult to plan out in advance because new things don’t release this early for a new year. When can I expect to see updated information for 2019? Also, I’m kicking around the idea of a character breakfast.. is it worth it? Or better to spend more time in the park? Thanks!!

    • Hi Katie! Thanks for getting in touch. We should have holiday dates by October and that will let us know what’s wrapping up and when in January. Character breakfasts are great and there are 2 options you could do outside the parks on a non-park day (like arrival or departure), or you could do Minnie and Friends inside which I love. You get to meet so many characters at once. If you’re going to the park 3 days or more, doing one character meal doesn’t waste your time. But if you’re more limited, I’d do one on arrival or departure day.

  • Jen

    We are taking our 6 year old twins for our first time to Disneyland the last week of January. What kind of weather should I expect? We live in Chicagoland so we’re ready to get out of the deep freezer!

  • Renee

    We are going at the end of January for my Son’s birthday. Of course the hours of the park those days are shortened. Will we still have enough time to see it all?

    • Hi Renee, so glad to hear from you about your Disneyland trip for your son’s birthday. The hours are typically shorter when less crowds are expected. This usually translates to seeing more (or at least the equivalent) on park days with limited operating hours. There are still a few things you want to keep in mind: arrive at the gates at least 30 minutes prior to park opening (read about opening the Resort here), read how we typically ride 10 rides in 2 hours even on busy days, and see our parade guide for details on where to sit and more. I also offer custom itineraries for your days inside the parks, planning every detail for your groups ages, interests and more. I’d love to talk more with you about our VIP Custom Park Plans to help make your visit as magical as possible!

  • Rhonda Jones

    Going to Disneyland with 5 adults 2 children not staying on site… looking to visit Disneyland Last week of January. Monday Tuesday! Best place to start we do not have tickets to the park yet! kids are 8 and 10

    • So glad to hear from you Rhonda, we have tons of resources right here for you! If you’re looking for detailed, custom planning head to our VIP Park Plans. For a DIY approach, you’ll want to get discount tickets from our authorized partner Get Away Today. Another great place to start planning is our article, 10 Disneyland Rides in 2 Hours. And you’re always welcome to email me directly with any questions about our planning services. Wishing you magical vacation!

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