What's The Weather Like in Orlando In January?
Orlando, Florida, has fantastic all-round weather with a tropical climate but there are still some slight variations from month to month. January is still fairly warm so it's a good getaway destination for those wishing to escape colder climates.
It's also an excellent month to visit the theme parks as the crowds are much smaller than in the hotter months and the temperature is more comfortable.
Is Orlando Hot In January?
How Much Sun Does Orlando Get In January?
Sunshine averages are around seven hours per day. Florida's tropical climate and relative proximity to the equatorial area means that sunshine levels remain fairly consistent throughout the year.
Is Orlando Wet In January?
There's only a slight chance of rain with an average monthly precipitation of 57 mm, and it's not too humid.
Orlando Hotels in January
There are a range of accommodation options in Orlando depending on what you want to do and where you want to be.
If you're planning on visiting Disney World and on a budget, there's Clarion Inn nestled in a beautiful setting in Lake Buena Vista only 5 minutes from Downtown Disney. Rooms have all the usual amenities, plus a fridge and microwave, while the hotel has a bar, buffet restaurant and mini-mart. It offers a range of packages from the 'Theme Park Survival Package' to the 'Romantic Getaway' package.
Extended Stay America - Pointe Orlando
If you'd rather go self-catered, there's the centrally located Extended Stay America Pointe Orlando on Universal Boulevard. Aside from your fully equipped kitchen you'll get a free breakfast each morning, a shuttle to Walt Disney World, as well as use of a 24 hour fitness centre, pool and outdoor barbeque grills.
Bars and Restaurants
There are more than 4000 restaurants in Orlando so there's bound to be something to suit your taste. If you're after some typical American food, head to Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, a highly rated steakhouse located at the Hilton Orlando serving USDA prime beef, dry aged for up to 28 days.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Or for authentic Italian cuisine, head to Maggiano's Little Italy on International Drive. It may not be the cheapest but the portions are generous so it's great value. Try the Ravioli stuffed with roasted mushrooms and Parmesan cheese with spinage and sun-dried tomatoes.
If you're in the mood for something a bit more exotic, then check out the Taverna Opa Restaurant on International Drive. This Greek-themed eatery serves up quality meze and is famous for its belly dancing shows which take place every evening from 7pm onwards.
Howl At The Moon
If you're in search of a more sophisticated way to enjoy your evening, get on down to Howl at the Moon, a duelling piano bar with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Two pianists duel every hour and at the end of their time two more take over. All four play at once for a few songs during the crossover, which they call the four-way. Be sure to try one of their signature cocktails.
Things to do in Orlando in January
Why not take advantage of the pleasant weather and short queues by heading to Epcot, one of the four theme parks at Disney World. Experience a place that is out of this world in the Future World zone with Mission: SPACE rocket ship simulator, and you'll feel like you're flying on the Soarin' ride.
Go on a global adventure in the World Showcase area where you'll find shops and restaurants representing countries from Mexico to Morocco. Don't miss the amazing IllumiNations firework, laser and water show over the lagoon every evening.
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
If you're more into your literature, head to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre located within the scenic Loch Haven Cultural Park. The venue is host to a range of plays and shows throughout the year including those by Shakespeare. A great way to enjoy an evening in Orlando, there's even theatre for young audiences and they hold workshops if you want to try your hand at acting.
The Titanic Artifact Exhibition
For those who are interested in one of the worst maritime disasters in history, The Titanic Artifact Exhibition on International Drive is well worth a visit. Immerse yourself in the 100 year old story as trained actors in period dress guide you through the Titanic tale.
The recently redesigned museum features 10 full-scale recreations from the ship including the Grand Staircase along with 400 historic treasures and artefacts recovered from the wreck.
Titanic Dinner Show
Why not return on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night for the Titanic Dinner Show. You'll feast on a three-course meal, interact with notable Titanic passengers and the night also includes a re-enactment of that fateful night back in 1912.
Feel like doing a bit of shopping? Then make the Disney Boardwalk part of your itinerary. Set on the shores of Orlando's Bay Lake, this spectacular shopping and dining complex recreates the atmosphere of an early 20th century beach resort on the Atlantic Coast and should be your first port of call if you feel like indulging yourself or stocking up on some souvenirs.
Dates for the diary
January is a time for festivities, and Disney World in Orlando is no exception to the rule. Epcot International Festival of the Arts comes together at this time of the year to comprise the best of food, art, music and showbiz.