The Polynesian Village Resort DVC etc. construction continues:

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Check it out if you’ve been looking!

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Edit: December Crowd Calendar Updated (majorly).

Magic Kingdom will be opening at 8am daily from November 30 through December 12. That’s in addition to daily 8am openings from December 13-31 as listed here.

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Just a heads up for those who have interest, Google Play is offering the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy free here: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Various_Artists_Guardians_Of_The_Galaxy_Awesome_Mi?id=Btmdbtfzel2mdiai5ewdjd5nqui&hl=en. You can also go to Google Play and search for “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ if you prefer.

Track list:

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Blue Swede 2:52
2. “Go All the Way” Raspberries 3:21
3. “Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum 4:02
4. “Moonage Daydream” David Bowie 4:41
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Elvin Bishop 4:35
6. “I’m Not in Love” 10cc 6:03
7. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 2:58
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Redbone 3:26
9. “Cherry Bomb” The Runaways 2:17
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes 4:37
11. “O-o-h Child” Five Stairsteps 3:13
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 2:29
Total length:
44:35

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This is what we’re looking at for June. Click to enlarge or view as a prettier PDF. And if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post. The full operating schedule is available here.

June is one hot and busy month. Crowds come from a number of sources. Domestically, most schools are out for a lengthy summer vacation and many families choose to visit Disney World for their annual summer vacation. Internationally, South America is expected to make up more than 25% of total attendance in June. European and Canadian attendance is also near its highest levels of the year.

Unfortunately, as crowds increase to levels never before seen, Disney continues to eliminate Extra Magic Hours and shorten regular operating hours. Two years ago, Disney canceled the Friday set of evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom, in addition to shortening every set of evening Extra Magic Hours from three hours to two. The year before that, they eliminated Magic Kingdom’s Tuesday morning Extra Magic Hour. That boils down to the same number of Extra Magic Hours over the busy summer as guests visiting in September or late January would experience. That contributes to even heavier afternoon crowds as more people are squeezed into a smaller window.

A summer trip is still more than doable, but touring efficiently in the morning and/or staying through Park close is all the more important.There is less variability in daily crowd levels during the summer than any other period, thanks to few driving forces and operating hours/evening entertainment that are nearly uniform across the entire three months. When the Parks are open the same number of hours every day and offer the same evening entertainment options every night, casual vacationers aren’t reliably steered to Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios on certain days. Add South America and their variable arrival days and there is not much variance in daily crowd levels. That’s the reality of the situation. Recommended days will still see lower crowds, but the fluctuations are not as great as the fall or winter, particularly during the Mickey’s Party season.

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Disney made their first batch of March 2015 operating schedule changes. The full schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf. Click “Refresh” if your browser doesn’t load the newest version.

Sunday March 1:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday March 2:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Tuesday March 3:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Wednesday March 4:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm.

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Just a couple changes to the first couple days in January. The complete operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf.

Thursday January 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-6pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-10pm from 9am-10pm. Third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm and 8pm shows.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-1am. Note that the Festival of Fantasy Parade returns on January 1st.

Friday January 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-10pm from 9am-10pm. Third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm and 8pm shows.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-1am.

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Disney made another round of changes to the December operating schedule. Major ABC Christmas Parade taping has moved to Monday December 7th and 8th. That frees up Friday December 5th, where no taping is currently scheduled. Magic Kingdom will move to “Most recommended” on the 5th. Magic Kingdom will still not be recommended on Saturday December 6th with the long operating hours and plentiful evening entertainment scheduled. On December 7th, Magic Kingdom will move to “Recommended” from “Most Recommended.” It remains the best day to visit Magic Kingdom between December 6th and 9th. Magic Kingdom will remain “Not Recommended” on December 8th, now with stronger wording that most guests will want to avoid the Park due to the inconveniences and crowds that the Parade taping brings. Finally, Magic Kingdom will move to “Tentatively Recommended” on December 9th from “Most Recommended” due to the possibility of inconveniences relating to the ABC Christmas Day Parade taping.

Magic Kingdom sees daily 8am openings beginning December 13th. It’s good news if you can arrive by 7:30am to take advantage of the extra hour as waits will be short at most attractions through at least 10am. The hours during the busiest two weeks of the year, from December 20th-January 3rd, also see extensions in line with what we were expecting.

The full December operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_december.pdf. Click “refresh” to load the newest version.

Monday December 1:

  • No changes.

Tuesday December 2:

  • No changes.

Wednesday December 3:

  • No changes.

Thursday December 4:

  • No changes.

Friday December 5:

  • ABC Christmas Parade taping no longer scheduled. Festival of Fantasy Parade moved to 3pm from 5pm.

Saturday December 6:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9pm from 9am-8pm.
  • Major ABC Christmas Parade taping no longer scheduled, though musical act taping is expected. Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-12am.

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Just a heads up if you’re visiting this week – Disney just moved regular opening to 8am on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The open will stay at 9am on Monday and Wednesday, with the morning Extra Magic Hour beginning at 8am. Operating hours have been updated on the November crowd calendar.

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Disney released the June operating schedule at the usual address: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_june.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version. Star Wars Weekends looks to include a fifth weekend this year, with the last Weekend coming June 12th to 14th. Otherwise June is one of the most consistently busy month of the year. With that said, the earlier you go in June, the better. It’s slightly less hot/humid, fewer kids are out of school domestically, and South American visitation is a little lower.

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