Happy New Year! We finally made it to 2021, and our favorite theme parks are kicking the year off with a bang this month. From new attractions and restaurants to the return of popular events, here’s a look at what’s going on at the parks in January.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is starting the month off with updated hours of operation. From January 1 – 9, the parks will be open during the following time frames:
- Magic Kingdom: 8 AM – 8 PM
- EPCOT: 11 AM – 9 PM
- Hollywood Studios: 9 AM – 7 PM
- Animal Kingdom: 8AM – 6 PM
As of today, park hopping is officially back at Walt Disney World! The updated Park Hopper experience requires you to make your reservations based on the FIRST park you are visiting on the day of your visit. As of now, you don’t have to make a reservation for each park you plan to visit, but the requirements are subject to change. There are also specific hours for Park Hopping, starting at 2 PM daily. In later dates, times may vary based on daily operating hours. Check disneyworld.com/parkhours or the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date information.
Construction of new attractions and experiences is also slowly getting back up and running at the parks. You can check out this guide for a status update on all the Disney World projects in the works.
Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closed for refurbishments from January 3 through February 19. At Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Cafe (located in the China Pavilion) will close indefinitely starting January 11.
As part of the ongoing adjustments made to park operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some experiences are still unavailable at the parks. For the full list of rides and attractions currently operating, check out the guide to Disney World’s reopening process.
Starting January 8, you can get a Taste of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! The modified celebration of culinary, performing, and visual arts takes place daily through February 22.
This month select attractions at the parks will close briefly for refurbishments, including:
- Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Florida): Closed from January 4 – 15
- Jurassic Park River Adventure (Islands of Adventure): Closed from January 11 – 29
- Hogwarts Express (Both Train Stations): Closed on January 21
While those rides are only closed for a brief period, there are still select attractions throughout the parks that remain closed until further notice for social distancing purposes. The following experiences are currently unavailable:
- Curious George Goes to Town (Universal Studios)
- Fear Factor Live (Universal Studios)
- Fievel’s Playland (Universal Studios)
- Universal’s Superstar Parade (Universal Studios)
- A Day in the Park with Barney (Universal Studios)
- Camp Jurassic (Islands of Adventure)
- If I Ran the Zoo (Islands of Adventure)
- Jurassic Park Discovery Center (Islands of Adventure)
- Me Ship, The Olive (Islands of Adventure)
- The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (Islands of Adventure)
- Poseidon’s Fury (Islands of Adventure)
- Storm Force Accelatron (Islands of Adventure)
The holiday festivities continue at Universal Orlando through January 3, so you’ve got a few more days to celebrate if you’re not quite ready to give up the Christmas spirit yet!
You can celebrate Three Kings Day on January 6 at SeaWorld Orlando. The park’s celebration includes live Latin holiday music throughout the park, a live nativity scene retelling the story of the Three Kings, and festive Latin-inspired food and drinks prepared exclusively for the celebration!
In addition to the Three Kings Celebration, special events are taking over the park in January, including:
- Inside Look Weekends: Weekends from January 9 – 17
- Sesame Street Weekend: January 23 & 24
- Elmo’s Birthday Celebration: Daily from January 30 – February 3
January is just the beginning of what will hopefully turn out to be an exciting year at the parks! Get updates on new rides, experiences, and events popping up around Orlando this year by following @Tickets2You on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!