March 2016 Operating Schedule Updates Heading into Easter

Here’s where we’re at with March operating hours and entertainment for the rest of the month. There are no new changes for April at the moment and the October 2016 operating schedule is not yet available. Both of those should be available this Friday. There are still no extensions at Animal Kingdom to accommodate Rivers of Light or other nighttime enhancements, so we’re still seeing a 6:30pm close on April 22nd which marks the official opening of all of those late night things. Assuming Rivers of Light is actually ready by that date, and it would be a customer service nightmare if it isn’t, the close would have to be extended to at least 10pm if not later.

Disney did move Magic Kingdom’s opening to 8am on March 21st-23rd and added a second Electrical Parade on March 28th to 31st. There are still no 8am opens at Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios on some of the busiest days of the year with some of the highest resort prices. We also don’t see daily morning Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom daily from the Sunday before Easter through the Saturday after.

Wednesday March 16:

  • No new changes.

Thursday March 17:

  • No new changes.

Friday March 18:

  • Still no second Electrical Parade or Fantasmic.

Saturday March 19:

  • Still no second Electrical Parade or Fantasmic.

Sunday March 20:

  • Still no second Electrical Parade.

Monday March 21:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Tuesday March 22:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Wednesday March 23:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Thursday March 24:

  • Magic Kingdom open still 9am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Friday March 25:

  • Regular Magic Kingdom open still 9am (with 8am morning Extra Magic Hour). Still no second Electrical Parade.

Saturday March 26:

  • Magic Kingdom open still 9am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Sunday March 27:

  • Magic Kingdom open still 9am. Still no second Electrical Parade.

Monday March 28:

  • Magic Kingdom open extended to 8am back in February. Second Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Tuesday March 29:

  • Magic Kingdom open extended to 8am back in February. Second Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Wednesday March 30:

  • Magic Kingdom open extended to 8am back in February. Second Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Thursday March 31:

  • Magic Kingdom open extended to 8am back in February. Second Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Comments

  1. MrsNick says

    Do you think there might be some surprise partial morning EMH as there were at Epcot over Christmas week? Or is this a change from EMH being considered on site hotel perk to the 60 day FP+ being the perk for staying on site? Or is it just that Disney isn’t expecting heavy Easter crowds? Thanks.

  2. Mindy says

    What are your thoughts on the lack of information regarding Rivers of Light (when will fastpass and dining packages be available to book)? I am 26 days away from the start of my trip and would really like to finalize my plans!

    • Heather says

      Us, too. We arrive 4/6. There’s a certain mix of excitement and anxiety you get anticipating a WDW visit. Especially for this one, with AK being a huge question mark.

  3. Andy says

    So glad May will be my last trip to WDW for a few years. Not renewing my AP- staying at Vero & Aulani with my DVC and renting the remainder of the points. The place is only getting worse and worse. Hopefully it’ll hit bottom while I’m not going and be on the upswing by the time I start going again in 2020 or beyond.

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