No matter when travelers set their sights on an Orlando, Florida getaway, they’ll find magical moments waiting to be enjoyed. Those who plan on spending as much time as possible at Walt Disney World while they’re in town will have even more to savor in the way of whimsical fun and adventure. Disney World has inspiring moments, experiences, and festivals to offer its guests year-round. If you happen to be heading this way in January 2024, there are plenty of exciting Disney World events on the calendar that you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here. The following are a few that you’re going to want to be sure to add to your itinerary this January.

Capturing the Lingering Holiday Spirit

While Christmas may be over by January 1, 2024, the festive feeling is still alive and well throughout Disney World parks through about mid-January. It isn’t until later in the month that decorations begin to switch over to beginning-of-the-year aesthetics, so if you spend time at Disney at the start of January 2024, you can still enjoy holiday looks at Cinderella’s castle, across 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 who is passionate about collecting one-of-a-kind Disney merch during a visit.

Enjoy the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

A January 2024 highlight of a visit to Walt Disney World promises to be the annual EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. In its 8th year in 2024, this festival is still considered one of Disney World’s newest additions to the yearly lineup of fun festivals for guests to experience. The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is slated to run from January 12, 2024, through February 19, 2024, giving travelers plenty of time to make the most of the event in the brand-new year.

The event is advertised as the “ultimate celebration of world-class food, visual art, and live entertainment.” Guests who are in the park during the festival will have access to culinary food art from across the globe, an array of mesmerizing photo opportunities, paint-by-number murals to add to, and even a Broadway concert series to enjoy. There are also opportunities to chat with artists on-site, take in amazing performances, and enjoy tasting sessions at no less than 13 food booths.

It’s a highly interactive event with most of the fun happening between the park’s opening each day and 5:00 pm. It’s good to note that if you want to enjoy the special performances, you’ll want to check the park’s app in advance because these are typically hosted once daily at specified times.

Take Part in the Walt Disney World Marathon

Yet another exciting event on the calendar at Disney World in 2024 is the Walt Disney World Marathon. Whether you’re an athlete looking to run their way to fun or you’re a supportive spectator, this is an event that’s challenging, thrilling, and always a blast. In 2024, the race is scheduled to be held between January 3 and January 7 will shorter race options included in this multi-day experience. Participants are more than welcome to run in their best Disney-themed gear if they choose, but the highlight of this race is its route leading through the parks. This provides runners with magical views to enjoy as they race, and plenty of inspiration to reach the finish line. You’ll want to be sure to register in advance to secure your spot as this popular race is one that always fill up fast.

January Weather Expectations at Disney World for Special Events

If you’re planning to spend time at any of the January 2024 Disney World events in Orlando, you’ll want to be sure to pack for fluctuating weather. This time of year is typically mild, but there are always chances for early morning temperatures to get into the low 50s with averages lingering in the low 70s. That makes it worth your while to pack some layers so you can adjust as you make your way from one event to the next and enjoy every experience comfortably.

Book Your Orlando Adventure Today

There’s never been a better time to begin turning your Orlando 2024 travel plans into an exciting and well-deserved reality! At Orlando Vacation Homes, we know that when travelers have access to amazing accommodations during their stay, it can elevate the experience even further. To that end, be sure to reach out today to learn more about our exciting vacation rental options in the area that keep you close to the Disney fun whether you’re heading here in January, or excited to spend time with family and friends in Orlando another time of year. We’ll see you soon!