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Disney made the first round of operating schedule updates for April yesterday. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. Click “refresh” to load the newest version. I would expect a lot more changes to the schedule, particularly around Easter through the 11th.

The only changes that will likely impact the recommendations are the Extra Magic Hours changes on the 27th and 28th. Unless there’s a mitigating factor, I would expect Epcot and the Studios to switch their recommendations on those dates so that the Studios is recommended on the 27th and not the 28th. Epcot would end up being non-recommended on the 27th and recommended on the 28th.

Wednesday April 1:

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

Thursday April 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-8pm from 9am-7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

Friday April 3:

  • 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 a few changes to a few dates in January and February. These changes shouldn’t affect crowd levels or recommendations, with the exception of January 23, which saw some minor changes with the addition of two Electrical Parades at Magic Kingdom.

Thursday January 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 6am-6pm.

Friday January 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-8pm from 8am-7pm.

Saturday January 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm.

Monday January 12:

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

Thursday January 15:

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

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The July 2015 Disney World operating schedule is available at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_july.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser if it’s still loading 2014.

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Disney confirmed the Star Wars Weekends dates today:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

In addition, the Star Wars character meals are returning daily beginning May 4th and expected to run through June 14th. Sci-Fi offers breakfast beginning at 8am. The cost is $49.99 for Adults and $31.99 for Kids ages 3-9. Last year, guests received photos with Darth Vader and Boba Fett out front with stormtroopers and jawas visiting tableside. Hollywood & Vine is a Star Wars character meal for dinner beginning daily at 4:15pm. Last year included pictures with Ewok Chip and Dale out front, in addition to Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, and Stormtrooper Donald visiting tableside. Cost is $57.99 for adults and $34.99 for kids. All meals are two credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Last year’s reviews were mixed, but Disney seemed to get the hang of it as time passed and service improved. Meals can be good values if you cherish the pictures and it will save you some time. Getting in line for Darth Vader in the afternoon will result in a 90+ minute wait. Boba is usually around 45 minutes and there’s no guarantee you’ll meet him instead of Jango because they switch out in the same line.

More information on the event is available here: Star Wars Weekends 2014 Strategy, Characters, Fireworks, Crowds, Merchandise, etc.

Meals can be booked by calling 407-939-5277 or using Disney’s online reservation system.

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Just a heads up if you’ve been looking, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ just opened up every day from December 4th onward with plenty of availability.

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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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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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