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Visiting Disneyland Paris in January Tips

Visiting Disneyland Paris in January Tips

Looking for the best visiting Disneyland Paris in January tips? In this guide we cover everything from what it is like at Disneyland Paris in January, how busy it is, what to expect from the weather and what to pack for Disneyland Paris in January to where to stay at Disneyland Paris in Winter, what to do and of course what special events are on at Disneyland Paris in January. 

In answer to is Disneyland Paris cold in January I would have to say that it really depends on the year. Some years you are lucky and the temperatures in January can average reach 8C. However it is not unlikely that you will experience a severe cold snap where you are met with some icy wind. 

So although the weather can get up to around 8C I would caution that it can feel cold in Disneyland Paris in Janaury and you should take appropriate thermal and warm clothing with you especially if you plan to stay in the parks past nightfall to see the evening parades, illuminations and the fireworks. 

Does it rain at Disneyland Paris in January?

If you are visiting Disneyland Paris in January there is a high probability that you will experience rain during your trip. Disneyland Paris in January usually has rainfall on about 15 days of the month. However the good news is that it usually isn’t too heavy. 

Does it snow at Disneyland Paris in January?

Although the weather at Disneyland Paris in January can be quite cold it is actually quite uncommon to get snow at Disneyland Paris in January. 

If your visit to Disneyland Paris spreads over two months be sure to check out our other monthly guide for further weather and special event information:

What to Wear to Disneyland Paris In January

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They key to what to wear to Disneyland Paris in January is layers and lots of them.  It can be cold at Disneyland Paris in January and you will definitely feel it, especially if the wind is hitting you in the wrong direction when you are queuing outside for rides and shows. 

We recommend wearing things like jeans, long sleeve t shirts coupled with hoodies and sweaters as well as coats. This way you have lots of layers to protect you from the cold but you can easily remove a layer if you get too warm indoors. 

But if you like me feel the cold then I would also advise you packing:

  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Thermals
  • Waterproofs
  • Waterproof shoes – there is nothing worse than walking around the parks with wet feet. 

These things are especially essential if you plan to stay in the parks after dark to see the fireworks and the illuminations as the temperatures really do drop once the sun has gone down. 

And if you are visiting during the Christmas period then you could chose to add a Christmas jumper into the Disneyland Paris packing list which will make for some cute pictures and festive meet and greets. 

I also insist my daughter always wear thermals and a coat with any costumes she wears to Disneyland Paris in Winter. 

Visiting Disneyland Paris in January Tips

Now in my opinion if your budget can afford it I always recommend staying on site for several reasons. They are that
  • you are walking distance to the parks which is convenient if you need a break or a change of clothes or simply want to escape the cold weather or a rain shower
  • you get early magic hours. This is especially important when the park is operating at its reduced winter hours to make sure you fit everything into your Disneyland Paris Itinerary.

Also if you want something to do other than the parks then some of the hotels (i.e. Newport Bay and Sequoia Lodge to name a couple) have pools that you can walk back to and are heated so can be sued in the Winter. For more information on the best Disneyland Paris Hotel with toddlers click here

Best things to do at Disneyland Paris in January

Enjoy the last of Christmas 

Christmas at Disneyland Paris / visiting Disneyland Paris in December

Christmas at Disneyland Paris / visiting Disneyland Paris in December

Christmas at Disneyland Paris extends into early January. If you go during this period you will still be able to:

  • see the amazing Christmas decorations down Main Street,
  • see the characters in their festive costumes,
  • eat the amazing festive food
  • Watch the Christmas shows

Party in the park and Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Eve is big in Disneyland Paris with a party being held to ring in the new year. If you can get tickets (which are an additional cost to your regular park admission) you will be able to see New Year in with Mickey and his friends and party until 2am. What a treat! 

Enjoy the rides with smaller queues 

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Perhaps my favorite things about visiting Disneyland Paris in January, after Christmas of course, is that the rides have much smaller queues especially when you compare to visiting Disneyland Paris in December. You will be able to fit many more rides into your Disneyland Paris Itinerary once the Christmas season is over. 

Do Character Dining

As the rides are less busy so to is the character dining. No matter what time of year you visit Disneyland Paris it is difficult to get a character dining reservation but your chances are definitely higher in January with the reduced crowds.

One of the most popular character dining experiences at Disneyland Paris is  Princess Breakfast at Auberge. It can be hard to persuade little ones to come away from rides but when it is cold it is nice to retreat into character dining to warm up during the day. 

And if you are vegan at Disneyland Paris then check out this guide. 

Have you visited Disneyland Paris in January? What are your top tips for making the most out of the parks in January – let us know in the comments – we would love to hear your thoughts!