“The cold never bothered me anyway”.
Hopefully, that’s the mantra this morning for every Guest getting up early to visit Walt Disney World in Florida, because Queen Elsa has seemingly struck the Orlando area with her icy powers seen in Disney’s Frozen (2013).
A rare frost advisory is in effect in the Walt Disney World area, meaning Monday morning in the theme parks started off colder than usual.
According to the National Weather Service, the frost advisory covers Orange County, Osceola County, and Okeechobee County, including “pockets of freezing temperatures possible in normally colder interior sheltered locations, especially northwest Orange County and in rural Osceola County.”
This afternoon looks like it will warm up a bit as the high for Lake Buena Vista is 64 degrees. Tomorrow, January 25, looks like it will be even colder as The Weather Channel is forecasting a high of 56 degrees with an 80% chance of rain.
The National Weather Service shared a post on social media commenting on the unusually frosty morning in the Walt Disney World area:
Jan 24| The only delay to the morning commute should be to get the frost off the car! Expect lots of sun with highs rebounding into the 60s. Another system approaching on Tuesday will spread clouds and rain into the area late in the day.
Jan 24| The only delay to the morning commute should be to get the frost off the car! Expect lots of sun with highs rebounding into the 60s. Another system approaching on Tuesday will spread clouds and rain into the area late in the day. pic.twitter.com/FOLSrF5zuI
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) January 24, 2022
Disney’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom theme parks do not normally experience “winter” weather like frost and snow, with Walt Disney World normally connoting hot, humid days and warm nights.
There are many Guests escaping frigid temperatures in their home state or country right now with vacations to Walt Disney World, with even this frosty morning feeling warmer than home!
January’s weather is the year’s coolest for Orlando, Florida. That means lovely warm days, but the chance of a chilly night. In most years, Orlando averages a daily maximum temperature for January that’s between 68 and 75 degrees. The minimum temperature usually falls between 45 and 54 degrees.
February in Orlando is usually slightly warmer than January. Guests can expect highs averaging around 71 to 75 degrees and lows around 52 to 56 degrees.
Before sunrise this morning, temperatures in Orlando were measured at a crisp 38 degrees. The frost warning is expected to lift today once the sun is completely up, but Monday’s high isn’t expected above 62, the NWS said.
It’s definitely a day to keep a coat or jacket handy, and maybe even a blanket for watching Disney Enchantment or EPCOT’S Harmonious.
Temperatures look set to fall to a low of 45 tonight with clear skies forecast. Tuesday is forecast for an even colder temperature high during the day with a peak temperature of 58 as another cold front pushes through Central Florida.
Other Disney Parks across the globe often see snowfall during the winter months.
Every so often, Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland will see a magical snowfall. Years ago at Tokyo Disneyland, Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy took advantage of the snowfall for a fun snowball fight with Tokyo Disneyland’s snowy castle as a backdrop.
Disneyland Paris, located in Marne-la-Vallée, France, sees regular snowfall. In December 2010, a sizeable flurry added extra holiday magic to the Park’s Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle.
While it doesn’t snow in Anaheim, California, the higher elevations around the city can see snow. In 2009, Disney shared this image of Disneyland Park’s Sleeping Beauty Castle with snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains as the backdrop.
So if you’re heading to Walt Disney World this week, be sure to bring a coat to protect yourself from Elsa’s “frozen” magic!