Disney World Operating Schedule Changes to May, June, July, and August 2013

by josh on March 18, 2013

Disney eliminated evening Extra Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom on Fridays over the summer as explained in this post.  See additional changes for May here and for June here.  A longer list of changes to July is available below.

The full July operating schedule is available here.  Click refresh if the date in the lower left hand corner of each page isn’t 3/15/13 or sooner.  An FAQ is at the end of this post.

Friday May 31: Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Friday June 7: Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Friday June 14: Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Friday June 21: Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Friday June 28: Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Monday July 1:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday July 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday July 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Thursday July 4:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12am, in addition to 10pm Parade.

Friday July 5:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday July 6:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday July 7:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday July 8:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday July 9:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday July 10:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday July 11:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday July 12:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Saturday July 13:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday July 14:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday July 15:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday July 16:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday July 17:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday July 18:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday July 19:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Saturday July 20:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday July 21:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday July 22:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday July 23:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday July 24:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday July 25:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday July 26:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Magic Kingdom’s evening Extra Magic Hours cancelled.

Saturday July 27:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday July 28:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday July 29:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday July 30:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday July 31:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 10:30pm, in addition to 9pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

August 1 – 26

Disney eliminated evening Extra Magic Hours on Fridays in August and changed the operating hours to 9am – 11pm with Main Street Electrical Parade at 9pm and 11pm.  Expect more changes next month, most likely on April 19th or 22nd, but possibly as early as the 15th.  Changes should look similar to July, with Studios’ hours extended to 9am – 10pm with two Fantasmic shows and Animal Kingdom’s close being extended to 8pm on some days.

Is this real?  It doesn’t match DisneyWorld.com!

Yes and it will.  Disney updates the PDF files at their media.disneywebcontent.com web address before the same update goes live at DisneyWorld.com.  It is much easier to update a text file than it is to program the update into the jumbled mess that is DisneyWorld.com.  The changes will hit DisneyWorld.com at some point, but you can rest assured these are just as “official.”

What does this do to the Extra Magic Hours schedule?

If the close is pushed back, Extra Magic Hours will also be pushed back.  For example, if Hollywood Studios was previously closing at 9pm with Extra Magic Hours from 9pm to 11pm and now closes at 10pm, Extra Magic Hours would run from 10pm to 12am.  Same with morning Extra Magic Hour.  If the open is 8am instead of 9am, the morning Extra Magic Hour would instead run from 7am – 8am.

What about these 10:30pm Fantasmic shows that are scheduled after Hollywood Studios officially closes?

Anyone is welcome to stay for the 10:30pm Fantasmic.  While the Studios “closes” at 10pm, operating attractions will allow guests to enter the queue right up until 10pm regardless of wait time and when they’ll disembark.  That means you could get in line for Toy Story Mania at 9:59pm, even if the wait is 30 minutes.  Disney will often post longer-than-actual wait times at the end of the night to dissuade guests from entering the queue.  Waits are often shorter than posted and the time immediately before official close is the second best time to ride the major attractions with minimal waits (immediately after Park open being the best).  Disney will have plenty of buses to transport any guests remaining at the Studios.  In the case of a Fantasmic scheduled during evening Extra Magic Hours, anyone is also welcome to see that show.  Disney won’t be checking for resort IDs at Fantasmic.  A show during evening Extra Magic Hours is actually one of the least crowded shows to see because so many non-resort guests assume they aren’t eligible.  Here is an example of what crowds can look like.

Will this affect the recommendations?

No, it won’t.  Everything you see here is already built into the recommendations.  The later closes are a benefit as well.  If possible, you always want to see the later Main Street Electrical Parade or Fantasmic because they are much less crowded.  In addition, the later closes tend to make people sleep in and arrive later, causing morning crowds to build slower.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda March 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Thanks for the updates, Josh! Do you think that the park hours and extra MSEP/Fantasmic will hold all the way through August 26? Since attendance drops significantly towards the end of Aug., I wasn’t sure if they’d cut back on park hours starting the week of Aug. 18.

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Mr. Fredricksen March 19, 2013 at 4:29 am

Do you anticipate changes in August beyond the 26th? Are crowds getting larger at the end of August and the beginning of September?

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Brian Noble March 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hmm. I wonder if they will flip the two Epcot EMHs now that Friday PM MK is gone. Right now, they have three evenings in a row (Sun MK, Mon DS, Tue EP), and nothing on the other four days. Swapping the two Epcots would line it up with the “standard” schedule they use most of the rest of the year…

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Kyle C March 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

I think the evening extra magic hours were also cancelled on July 5th (Friday), correct?

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