Disney News

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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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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Edit: Magic Kingdom hours also extended on November 16 and 21 to 8am-7pm.

Unexpectedly, Hollywood Studios has extended its hours from 9am-9pm to 9am-10pm during Thanksgiving Week from Monday November 24 through Saturday November 29.

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm on November 16 and 21.

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm on November 18 and 19. Both days have added a second Electrical Parade at 10pm, in addition to the 8pm Parade.

The November Crowd Calendar was updated with all changes. The extra hour at Studios is good because waits at the major attractions will come down. The second Electrical Parade is good because it will be significantly easier to see and less crowded than the first.

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Edit: November crowd calendar updated to reflect the earlier openings.

Good or bad news for those traveling over the busy Thanksgiving week.

Animal Kingdom will be open from 8am-8pm from Sunday November 23 to Friday November 28. The previous open was 9am.

Magic Kingdom will open at 8am from Saturday November 22 to Saturday November 29. The previous open was 9am. Closing times remain the same.

If a morning Extra Magic Hour is scheduled, it moves one hour earlier, to 7am-8am.

This is good news for those that can arrive at the Parks by 7:30am for regular opens because it offers another hour of relatively low crowds and relatively low waits, despite high afternoon crowds. Expect low waits at most attractions through at least 10am. It’s potentially bad news for those that booked breakfast reservations around 8am. If you keep those reservations, you’ll be enjoying breakfast while wait times rise all around you, in addition to mostly losing out on that exclusive time in the Parks before it opens.

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Table Service Menu Update Day

by josh on October 29, 2014

Today is the big semi-annual table service menu update. Disney should have updated most/all of their menus today. If you had your heart set on something, you may want to see if it’s still on the menu: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/. Click on the restaurant name and then on “View Menu” on the right above “Check Availability.”

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Disney opened up a ton of FastPass+ availability for the first three weeks in November today. If you’ve been hunting, log in and check it out.

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