Disney News

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.

Monday February 23:

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

Tuesday February 24:

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

Wednesday February 25:

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

Thursday February 26:

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

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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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Edit 3: Magic Kingdom is closing at 9pm instead of 8pm on January 6th and 7th.

Edit 2: Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Hollywood Studios is now permanently closed.

Edit: Magic Kingdom hours extended to 11pm tonight (January 5th).

Like the title says…

Magic Kingdom hours are extended to 9am-11pm from 9am-10pm on Saturday January 10th.

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 will continue meeting guests at Hollywood Studios in the Animation Building through March at this point. Their last day in Disneyland is reportedly today (January 4th). This was a last minute extension.

Finally, the removal of Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat at Hollywood Studios will begin January 7th. I haven’t seen a timetable on how long the removal will take.

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The extremely popular Frozen Holiday Wish Cinderella Castle lighting show will continue at Magic Kingdom through January 12th. On January 3rd, it’s scheduled at 7pm. From January 4th to the 12, it’s scheduled t 6:30pm. Advice on seeing the show is available here: http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/magic-kingdom-frozen-holiday-wish-strategy-christmas-decorations-jingle-cruise-and-bonus-contemporary-gingerbread-display/.

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Animal Kingdom Open Until 10pm December 31

by josh on December 30, 2014

Just a heads up in case you were planning to visit Animal Kingdom on December 31st – the Park is now open until 10pm.

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A Few More Holiday Park Hour Extensions

by josh on December 21, 2014

Animal Kingdom will be open until 9pm instead of 8pm on December 27, 29, and 30th.

Epcot will open at 8am on January 1 and 2.

Orlando Park News has some information on early openings at Soarin’ over the next week or so here: http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/2014/12/soarin-news-new-theater-surprise.html should you be planning a visit before New Year’s Eve.

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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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