Disney News

As expected, Disney is raising prices on theme park tickets effective Sunday February 22nd. New pricing is as follows. The big change is that No Expiration tickets will no longer be sold.

1-Day to Magic Kingdom

  • Adult: $105
  • Child: $99

1-Day to Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios

  • Adult: $97
  • Child: $91

2-Day Ticket

  • Adult: $192
  • Child: $179

3-Day Ticket

  • Adult: $275
  • Child: $256

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Just a heads up in case you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom on February 23rd or 24th. The close is now 11pm instead of 10pm.

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Disney made changes to the April 2015 Walt Disney World operating schedule around the weeks that comprise the Easter holiday. Below is a list of those changes. The full April operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version of the document.

Wednesday April 1:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Thursday April 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-8pm from 9am-8pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Friday April 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

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Disney made another round of changes to the March 2015 Disney World operating schedule over the weekend. Below is a list of those changes. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf. Make sure you click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

An FAQ follows the list of changes:

Sunday March 1:

  • No changes.

Monday March 2:

  • No changes.

Tuesday March 3:

  • No changes.

Wednesday March 4:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 8pm and 10pm. No Parades previously scheduled.

Thursday March 5:

  • No changes.

Friday March 6:

  • No changes.

Saturday March 7:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am.

Sunday March 8:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-11pm from 9am-11pm.

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I’m short on time as I’m about to leave for a weekend stay at the Grand Floridian, but Disney released the September 2015 operating schedule at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_september.pdf. It looks like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will start September 1st again. September 11th and 12th are Night of Joy dates. Also note the change in the Extra Magic Hours schedule beginning the week of September 20th to accommodate the start of the Food and Wine Festival on Friday September 25th.

The late labor day should not have a dramatic impact on summer crowds being extended into September. If you’re flexible with your dates, I’d visit between September 9th and 23rd, which should be a stretch of the two least crowded weeks of the year. But the first week in September should remain quiet, relatively speaking.

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Disney added a few more Main Street Electrical Parades. It’s good news for anyone that wants to see the Parade because it’s now offered every night in February. And it’s good news for those that don’t want to see the Parade because it will help pull people away from attractions over the last hour or so the Parks are open.

Friday January 30:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Sunday February 22:

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

Monday February 23:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Main Street Electrical Parade added at 8pm and 10pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Tuesday February 24:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm. Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Wednesday February 25:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Thursday February 26:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Saturday February 28:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-12am.

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Disney made exactly one more change to the April operating schedule. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. We should see another much-more-significant update in the middle of March.

Tuesday April 28:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

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Disney made just a few new changes to the March 2015 operating schedule. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version. We should see a lot more changes in mid-February.

Sunday March 1:

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

Monday March 9:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

Saturday March 14:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

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Disney made another round of operating schedule updates for February. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_february.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

These changes are more substantial than I was expecting, including the addition of the Electrical Parade to several days that didn’t originally offer one and serious extensions at all Parks over Presidents Day Weekend and the week following. The state of Louisiana will also be contributing to that week with Mardi Gras, in addition to mid-winter breaks in other regions that typically feed Disney crowds. Regular 8am openings at Epcot are usually relegated only to the week in between Christmas and New Year’s, but we see 8am openings daily from February 14-16 – something that’s never occurred in the five years I’ve operated this website. Magic Kingdom will also offer Festival of Fantasy two times daily from February 13-21 – something that is historically only seen during the weeks that comprise Easter and Christmas.

Otherwise, the first 11 days in February, in addition to the final week going into the first week in March, remain good stretches to visit. Once you hit March 8th, it’s peak-and-worse crowds through Easter, before things ease up again beginning April 12th.

If you are visiting over Presidents Day Weekend, the early mornings and late evenings are your friend. You can accomplish a ton early on and waits come down significantly late at night, particularly at Magic Kingdom with those 1am closes. It’s more than doable, but you won’t want to be in a lot of standby lines come 1pm.

Sunday February 1:

  • No changes.

Monday February 2:

  • No changes.

Tuesday February 3:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-9pm from 9am-8pm. Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

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Disney published the August 2015 Disney World operating schedule at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_august.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version. It doesn’t look like there are any surprises this year as far as Extra Magic Hours/nighttime entertainment/early closures throughout the month.

The later you go in August, the better as far as crowds are concerned. Labor Day is late in 2015 (September 7th), but that shouldn’t have a significant impact on how crowds are dispersed between the last week in August and first week in September. If you’re flexible with your dates, September 8th to 15th should see the lowest attendance of the year. Otherwise, if you can swing the last week in August, you’d be better off than one of the first three.

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