Animal Kingdom Hours Extended on September 27

by josh on September 14, 2014

Just a heads up in case you’re headed to this website’s only recommended Park on Saturday September 27th – Animal Kingdom is now open from 9am-6pm instead of 9am-5pm.

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This is what we’re looking at for April. 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.

April opens with high crowd levels and resort costs due to the Easter holiday on April 5th before things fall off dramatically beginning Sunday April 12th. The end of the month sees the lowest crowd levels until late August and some of the most comfortable temperatures of the year.

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Disney updated the January 2015 operating schedule with the changes below. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf. Click “refresh” to load the newest version.

Also, Hollywood Studios’ hours on Wednesday February 18th were reduced to 9am-6pm from 9am-7pm.

Thursday January 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Christmas Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3:30pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Friday January 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Christmas Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3:30pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Saturday January 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Christmas Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3:30pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

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Character Meet and Greet Times Added to Waits

by josh on September 14, 2014

Good news on the character front as Brad has added several Meet and Greet wait times to http://www.easywdw.com/waits, including Anna and Elsa at Fairytale Hall, Mickey and Tinker Bell at Town Square, and Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost. You can pull up /waits during Park hours to see what posted wait times look like at the attractions without having to open Disney’s cumbersome mobile app. Waits is updated every five minutes all day, every day.

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Disney made changes to the October operating schedule for October 1-25. October 26-31 are currently untouched, but expect changes similar to the week before, including later closes at Magic Kingdom and a second Electrical Parade on non-Party nights, in addition to Hollywood Studios closing later with a second Fantasmic on some dates. Animal Kingdom should also see some later closes. The current operating schedule is available in its entirety here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_october.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the most recent revision.

The first two weeks in October are not exactly a “low crowd time.” You’ll notice the overall crowd levels are 5s and 6s to indicate average to slightly above average crowds. It’s still more than doable, but following the recommendations is important, particularly avoiding Magic Kingdom in the afternoon on Saturdays. Epcot also sees significantly heavier crowds on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays all month with the Food and Wine Festival. Things drop off toward the end of the month with lower overall crowds.

Wednesday October 1:

  • No changes.

Thursday October 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.

Friday October 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9pm from 9am-7:30pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9:30pm, in addition to 8pm show.

Saturday October 4:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

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Disney released the April 2015 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser if April 2015 doesn’t appear in the top right hand corner of the page.

Some of the heaviest crowds of the year continue through April 11th for the Easter holiday. Beginning April 12th, we see slightly below average to average crowds through the end of the month.

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Maelstrom Donezo Official

by josh on September 12, 2014

Disney confirmed Frozen will replace Maelstrom and bring an Anna/Elsa Meet and Greet to the Norway Pavilion in Epcot.

In addition, Elsa will replace Cinderella in this winter’s Holiday Wish show beginning in early November.

The Sing-Along at Hollywood Studios will continue for the foreseeable future along with “some favorite elements.”

Official story: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/frozen-attraction-coming-to-epcot/

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It’s been a while since the last merchandise update and the merchandise update before that, so we’re back at it. Mostly new Halloween merchandise is up first and then the newest pictures follow. Not everything is new new, but most of it should be relevant and it is at least all stuff.

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Second Fantasmic Added September 13

by josh on September 11, 2014

Just a heads up in case you’re going to a NON-RECOMMENDED PARK this coming Saturday. Disney added a second Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios at 10pm, in addition to the 8:30pm show.

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Oh boy, after looking at Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom, it’s time to visit Hollywood Studios for the excitement that is incremental price increases on hamburgers. Spoiler: I don’t think there is a single new item at the Studios.

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