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

March is relatively straightforward this year. The first week sees below average to average crowds before people begin rolling in the second week for spring breaks around the country. The month culminates in some of the heaviest crowds of the year going into the final week for the Easter holiday on Sunday April 5th.

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Disney made a round of updates to the December 2014 operating schedule yesterday. Below are the changes. The full December schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_december.pdf.

Monday December 1:

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

Tuesday December 2:

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

Wednesday December 3:

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

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Disney extended hours at Hollywood Studios on weekends throughout September to accommodate the Frozen Fireworks. In addition, October 7th sees the Studios’ close move to 6pm from 7pm. The full September operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_september.pdf.

Friday September 5:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

Saturday September 6:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

Sunday September 7:

Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Frozen Fireworks added at 9:15pm.

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Disney released the March 2015 Disney World operating schedule at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf. Click refresh on your browser to load the newest version.

Average crowds continue through March 7th. Beginning March 8th, peak spring break season begins with higher resort prices and heavier crowds. This year, March 22nd-28th looks to be the soft spot based on regional spring breaks. Resort prices remain high, but crowds will come in at a “6 or 7″ instead of an “8 or 9.” With Easter falling on Sunday April 5th in 2015, the busiest and most expensive week of the season is expected to be April 5th to 11th. Beginning April 12th, crowds fall back down to below average to average.

If you are flexible with your dates, look at the end of February into the first week in March or try to wait until at least one week after Easter.

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Just a heads up that Disney moved Hollywood Studios’ morning Extra Magic Hour from Saturday August 23rd to Friday August 22nd due to the Villains Unleashed event on the 23rd. This has changed the recommendations a bit on those dates.

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

February is more straightforward than most months. The first 11 days see low crowds and some of the lowest resort prices of the season. February 12th – 22nd is significantly more crowded with Presidents Day, Fat Tuesday, and the Princess Half Marathon contributing to higher crowd levels and resort prices. Crowds dip substantially once the Princess Marathon clears out on February 23rd and remain relatively light through the first week in March.

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A few more changes to the August 2014 Walt Disney World operating schedule. The full updated operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_august.pdf.

Saturday August 9:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-11pm.

Monday August 11:

  • Hollywood Studios evening Extra Magic Hours added.

Tuesday August 12:

  • Hollywood Studios evening Extra Magic Hours canceled.

Friday August 22:

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

Wednesday August 27:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm.

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Disney released the February 2015 Disney World operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_february.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser after loading it to make sure you’re looking at the newest version.

February 1st through the 13th is a great time to visit with relatively low crowds and resort prices, in addition to cool weather. Things pick up considerably February 14th and crowds will remain heavy through Sunday the 22nd with the President’s Day Holiday, Mardi Gras, and Princess Half Marathon bringing in thousands upon thousands of people to the resort. Crowds and prices return to relatively low levels from Monday February 23rd through the first week in March.

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages went on sale today here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/candlelight-dinner-packages/ with more information about the event available here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/candlelight-processional/. For more information on what the Package includes, see: http://www.easywdw.com/category/worth-2/candlelight/.

Basically, the Dining Package includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert per person, in addition to a guaranteed seat in the theater for a select Candlelight Processional show that evening for a fixed price or two credits on the Disney Dining Plan. In short, I recommend the Dining Package if you’re interested in seeing the show with the least hassle possible. Be prepared to arrive at the meal and eat.

Only a few narrators have been announced:

November 28 and 29 - Jodi Benson

December 5 and 6 - Whoopi Goldberg

December 15 to December 17 - Sharon Stone

December 18 to December 20- Ana Gasteyer

December 21 to December 23 - Marlee Matlin

December 28 to December 30, 2014 - Steven Curtis Chapman

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Disney updated the “travel agent” PDF operating schedules with the Extra Magic Hour changes announced here earlier this week.

July: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_july.pdf

August: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_august.pdf

September: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_september.pdf

October: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_october.pdf

November: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_november.pdf

December: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_december.pdf

January: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf

 

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