But Disney will be “celebrating” Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary on Monday April 22nd. The morning Extra Magic Hour that was originally scheduled on Monday the 22nd has moved to Sunday the 21st. Animal Kingdom remains recommended on the 21st, but it would be more important to arrive early (and ideally during the 8am – 9am morning Extra Magic Hour where you’d be able to accomplish a ton) or stay through close. I’m not expecting Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary to attract a ton of people. Considering Disney only had a short parade featuring the usual characters and not much else for Magic Kingdom’s 40th, Animal Kingdom’s celebration budget is probably in the neighborhood of $35. Still, it’s worth noting.
It’s likely that Disney will be offering another 24-hour day at Magic Kingdom on Friday May 24th to kick off their Monstrous Summer promotion. I’m on the record as saying it’s 85% likely. Should that come to pass, Magic Kingdom will no longer be recommended on the 24th and would instead be recommended on Saturday the 25th. With Memorial Day Weekend crowds, overall crowds will already be high. Another 24-hour promotion would only serve to increase those crowds, particularly coupled with Star Wars Weekends. Since the 24-hour day has not been confirmed or announced, I’ve left the recommendations intact. If you are visiting over Memorial Day, it’s worth taking into consideration that the schedule may be changed.
Disney has indeed canceled Hollywood Studios’ 3pm Parade and Disney Channel Rocks. There will be no afternoon Parade moving forward and there are no current plans to add a new one.