Below Freezing at Walt Disney World? It Could Happen This Christmas

If you are not local to Central Florida, you may be surprised to learn that the area can actually become quite cold. It doesn’t happen often (and chances are it will be much different than what you consider to be truly “cold” depending on which part of the country you’re from).

Nonetheless, if you were expecting warm weather in the Sunshine State, it might not be happening this Christmas….

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Christmas is fast approaching, and with the holiday on a weekend, Walt Disney World should be packed on one of its busiest days of the year. Could cold weather keep some Guests away, though? This year, it looks like the Orlando area could end up experiencing temperatures below freezing.

By Friday, December 23, 2022, WESH reports weather forecasts with a low of just 31 degrees (high of 49) with lows remaining in the 30s and 40s through the Christmas holiday on Sunday, December 25, 2022.

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While it is extremely unlikely that the Walt Disney World Resort will experience a “white Christmas,” (with the exception of “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A., during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party) it will certainly be a cold Christmas with uncharacteristically low temps in the area for most of the holiday.

Thankfully the majority of attractions and experiences around the Walt Disney World Resort will remain open regardless of how cold the temperature gets, but you may want to keep an eye on Resort pool hours and Disney’s Blizzard Beach as these experiences may close on colder days.


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If you do plan to visit Walt Disney World this weekend, be sure to pack plenty of layers. Even if the afternoon looks sunny, mornings and evenings especially can get quite cold, and without some extra layers you may find yourself coming home with a little more souvenirs than expected.

Stay warm this holiday weekend at Walt Disney World and enjoy your trip!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."