In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

In this incriminating photo, my wife Cindy has proof of my infatuation with Minnie Mouse!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our second episode in the Magical Blogorail “Riding the Rails” series!  Last week we participated in what we would do to get ready for a runDisney event.  This week the theme we are following is to talk about what we do at Disney in January!  I don’t have a lot of experience being at Disney in January, but I’ll tell you what we did when we were there, and what we typically spend the month of January doing when we aren’t!  I hope you enjoy!

My wife and I have been to Walt Disney World just one time in the month of January — January 2001 to be exact!  It was the second time that Cindy had ever been to Disney, and it also happened to be the time we were at Disney when we were expecting our daughter Sophie!  So, due to those circumstances, this was the trip that we ate our way around Disney!

We had a long weekend due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, so Cindy and I decided to take a weekend trip to Disney!  Since we were expecting, we couldn’t go on the thrill rides that we like, but we were at Disney, so we didn’t care!

Being naive tourists, we went to Disney with clothes more suited to warmer weather — but what we weren’t expecting was a biting winter wind in central Florida!  We were freezing!  The sweatshirt you see in the picture we bought — one for each of us — and it worked some to keep us warm, but it still a little cold!

We were able to walk right into Guest Services and line up our dining reservations for that day — there was no issue at all!  We ate at Liberty Tree Tavern, as you see based on the picture with Minnie Mouse, and we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table for lunch — although, that day for lunch they didn’t have characters there, oddly enough — and we basically had our pick of any restaurants we wanted to eat at!  We also ate at the Crystal Palace! Since we stuck to the tame rides, and all of that, we just took our time and enjoyed being at Disney together — and had a great time.

We also got some photos with some of our favorite characters, as you see here:

At Mickey's Toontown Fair, I had my picture with Donald Duck!

At Mickey’s Toontown Fair, I had my picture with Donald Duck!

And Cindy had her picture with Pluto at Mickey's Toontown Fair!

And Cindy had her picture with Pluto at Mickey’s Toontown Fair!

Nowadays, though, with school schedules and work schedules, we really don’t have as much of an opportunity to get to Disney World in January.  However, the new thing we do during the month is plan our trip that we’ll be taking in the summer, when school is out and we can enjoy the warm weather!  This year, we are vacationing with our friends from California and our friends from Raleigh, so we’re in full planning mode already!  It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait until that next trip!

Thank you for stopping by the Magical Blogorail  “Riding the Rails” series!  I have enjoyed having you stop by, but please tell me, what do you do at Disney in January if you are able to get there?  Any special traditions?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!

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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!


5 Responses to “What do you do at Disney in January?”

  1. I love that you do your Disney planning in January, Mike! What a great way to beat the winter blahs!

    Thanks for sharing your pictures from your January trip – it was fun to see those precious memories you and Cindy made together. Do you call this “Sophie’s first trip to Disney”?

    We actually LOVE going to Disney in January – even the cold at Disney is warmer than the cold here in PA!

    • Thanks Heidi! I don’t consider that Sophie’s first trip, because she couldn’t eat a jumbo turkey leg! :)

      I am certain you are right about the difference in cold, but it was still too cold for our liking!

      Thanks for commenting!