January and February 2013 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

by josh on January 14, 2013

Update: January and February Crowd Calendars updated with the changes listed below.

Disney updated the February operating schedule today and made one small change to January 28th.  Below is a list of those changes.  The complete February 2013 operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_feb.pdf.  Click the refresh button on your browser if the date in the lower left hand corner of each page isn’t 1/11/2013 or sooner.

Monday January 28th:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 8:30pm, in addition to 7pm show.

Friday February 1:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.

Saturday February 2:

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

Sunday February 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.

Monday February 4:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 8:30pm, in addition to 7pm Fantasmic.

Tuesday February 5:

  • No changes.

Wednesday February 6:

  • No changes.

Thursday February 7:

  • No changes.

Friday February 8:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.

Saturday February 9:

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

Sunday February 10:

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

Monday February 11:

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

Tuesday February 12:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Wednesday February 13:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.  Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm.  No Electrical Parades previously scheduled.

Thursday February 14:

  • Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Friday February 15:

  • Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Saturday February 16:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 9pm from 9am – 7pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 8:30pm, in addition to 7pm Fantasmic.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday February 17:

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

Monday February 18:

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

Tuesday February 19:

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

Wednesday February 20:

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

Thursday February 21:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Friday February 22:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Saturday February 23:

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

Sunday February 24:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.

Monday February 25:

  • Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Tuesday February 26:

  • Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Wednesday February 27:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.

Thursday February 28:

  • Second Electrical Parade added at 9pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.

Will These Changes Affect the Recommendations or Crowd Levels?

It shouldn’t have a major effect.  The weekend before Mardis Gras is looking to be busier than originally expected, particularly on Saturday February 9th.  The recommendations should be largely unchanged.

What about these 8:30pm Fantasmic shows that are scheduled after Hollywood Studios officially closes?

Anyone is welcome to stay for the 8:30pm Fantasmic.  While the Studios “closes” at 8pm, operating attractions will allow guests to enter the queue right up until 8pm regardless of wait time and when they’ll disembark.  That means you could get in line for Toy Story Mania at 7:59pm, even if the wait is 30 minutes.  Disney will often post longer-than-actual wait times at the end of the night to discourage 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).  Stores along Hollywood Boulevard also remain open until at least 8:30pm and most likely 9pm in the case of Mickey’s of Hollywood.  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.

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 7pm with Extra Magic Hours from 7pm to 9pm and now closes at 8pm, Extra Magic Hours would run from 8pm to 10pm.  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.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marc January 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

‘Tuesday January 28th:

■Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8:30pm, in addition to 7pm show.’

Tuesday that week is Jan. 29. Monday is Jan. 28 which is it, for the love of all that is holy?

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MinnieFan January 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Newbie here…..On Superbowl Sunday, Feb 3rd – is MK still your recommended park? What happened to the EMH? Will they now be from 10PM – Midnite?

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MinnieFan January 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Will Hollywood Studios have Characterpalooza on Friday, Feb 1??

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John January 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

How do you know the weekend before Mardis Gras will be busier than expected? Just by the increase in hours?

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Denise January 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks for keeping up with all this. Any idea why they extended the hours on Super Bowl Sunday? I was hoping the park would kind of clear out after 4pm w/ people heading out to watch the game.

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Godiva February 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for the update! Now I have an update…we won’t be able to make it to the park on the 7th, till after noon! Makes me want to change up my itinerary but I have all my ADRs set and we leave next Wednesday, the 6th.

How should I approach/tackle this late entry…TSMM was my #1 ride at rope drop because I have 2 little girls that would be thrilled…now I”m bummed. HELP please!

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