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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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A fairly substantial announcement from Disney that Frozen happenings are coming to Hollywood Studios this summer. Looks like some nice perks: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/06/get-ready-to-experience-frozen-summer-fun-live-at-disneys-hollywood-studios/.

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Disney is switching up the Extra Magic Hours schedule moving forward beginning on July 13th. Most Magic Kingdom sets of evening Extra Magic Hours move to Saturdays from Sundays and Mondays. Some instances of morning Extra Magic Hours at Animal Kingdom have moved to Sunday from Monday. What it means:

Saturdays at Magic Kingdom during the summer will remain “recommended” for the most part. Mornings will remain excellent as evening Extra Magic Hours cause more resort guests to sleep in. Late nights at Magic Kingdom are excellent during the summer because so few families with kids are able to stay out that late and there are so many attractions operating around the Park.

Most Saturdays at Magic Kingdom outside of the summer will remain “not recommended” with the longer hours, limited nighttime entertainment during the week, and addition of evening Extra Magic Hours attracting the bulk of the resort crowd and in turn increasing wait times.

Animal Kingdom will move to “tentatively recommended” on Sundays when it offers a morning Extra Magic Hour and “highly recommended” on Mondays when it no longer offers a morning Extra Magic Hour. If you are Extra Magic Hours eligible and able to arrive at Animal Kingdom 20 minutes before the EMH begins, you can have a tremendous amount of success. Those that aren’t Extra Magic Hours eligible are better off visiting another day or taking advantage of the last two to three hours of operation when waits reliably drop.

What we’re looking at:

Saturday July 5:

  • Magic Kingdom morning Extra Magic Hour canceled.

Sunday July 13:

  • Animal Kingdom morning Extra Magic Hour added.
  • Magic Kingdom evening Extra Magic Hours canceled.

Monday July 14:

  • Animal Kingdom morning Extra Magic Hour canceled.

Saturday July 19:

  • Magic Kingdom evening Extra Magic Hours added.

Sunday July 20:

  • Animal Kingdom morning Extra Magic Hour added.
  • Magic Kingdom evening Extra Magic Hours canceled.

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Disney added a morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom on June 29th.

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Disney made another round of operating schedule changes for July 2014 – mostly extensions at Magic Kingdom, in addition to a couple extensions at Animal Kingdom. The full operating schedule is available here: http://www.media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_july.pdf. Hit refresh on your browser to load the newest version. The changes don’t affect the crowd levels or recommendations.

Tuesday July 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 12am from 9am – 11pm.

Wednesday July 2:

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

Thursday July 3:

  • Festival of Fantasy Parade moved to 12pm and 3:30pm from 12pm and 3pm.

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Disney released the January 2015 operating schedule today at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_january.pdf. As always, this is the official operating schedule that will go live on DisneyWorld.com in the coming weeks. The schedule looks to be as straightforward as we would expect, though Disney doesn’t currently have Main Street Electrical Parade scheduled on Thursdays throughout the month like it usually does.

Otherwise, Christmas crowds continue through Saturday January 3rd before easing to some of the lowest levels of the year until the Friday of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend on the 16th. Martin Luther King weekend sees heavy crowds before they relent again on the 20th and continue to be low through the end of the month. The last week in January is my favorite time of year to visit with some of the lowest crowds of the year and (generally) cool daytime temperatures.

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