Though the start of January is always a hectic time to visit Walt Disney World, the second half of the month is typically a lot more laid back as visitor levels calm down. This month brings plenty of brand new things to do at Walt Disney World, and will also be guests’ last chance to check out an area at the Magic Kingdom that they may have completely missed before!
1. Take one last trip to the Tomorrowland Arcade
It was recently announced that the Tomorrowland Arcade would be closing in February for good, with many of the games being shipped off to nearby resort game rooms which are losing claw and ticket games thanks to a Florida law from 2013. The last day of operation for this arcade is February 8th, so if you want to play just one more round of DDR or Mario Kart, you’ll have to get your last play in this month. No announcements have been made about what might replace the arcade, but it seems logical that the adjacent gift shop will just expand into the former arcade area.
2. Get a sneak peek at the new film Cinderella at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
As it has done with previous films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Maleficent, Disney is once again going to be using the Sounds Dangerous Theater to give guests a sneak peak at one of its newest films. This time, guests can get an exclusive first look at Cinderella, releasing March 13th. The sneak peak kicks off January 17th, and will run until March 21st. If you are a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, there will be a passholder-only preview day on January 16th where guests who show their annual pass will not only get first-look access, but also will get a commemorative Cinderella magnet as well.
3. Take a picture with Cinderella’s Coach
In addition to the movie screening, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also feature a new photo op area with Cinderella’s coach. Though the film-style coach spent the first few weeks of 2015 at the Magic Kingdom appearing before the Festival of Fantasy parade and periodically stopping in front of Cinderella Castle, the prop is moving to Disney's Hollywood Studios and will be appearing for the next few months at the Streets of America, where guests can more easily grab a photo.