May 2013 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

by josh on January 17, 2013

Along with February, Disney made major revisions to the March, April, and May operating schedules.  Below is a list of the May changes.  One can assume Disney will be updating the operating schedules further in advance with the roll out of FASTPASS+ and the “Next Generation Experience.”  Potential visitors will need to know the final operating hours if they’re going to book an experience 30+ days in advance.  For example, if someone wanted to book a reserved viewing location for Main Street Electrical Parade, they would need to know if it’s going to be scheduled zero, one, or two times.  Disney has been conservative with the initial release of each month’s operating schedule over the last few years, choosing to update it with longer hours and additional evening entertainment about two weeks before the start of a month.  I think we can expect Disney to finalize operating schedules about three and a half months in advance now, giving people plenty of time to book their desired experiences.  It’s still possible for Disney to make additional revisions, but this looks like it’s going to be 98%+ of what you see come May.  As usual, an easy-to-read schedule is available here.  Click “refresh” on your browser if the date in the lower left hand corner isn’t 1/11/2013 or sooner.

Wednesday May 1:

  • No changes.

Thursday May 2:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday May 3:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday May 4:

  • 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday May 5:

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday May 7:

  • No changes.

Wednesday May 8:

  • No changes.

Thursday May 9:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday May 10:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday May 12:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday May 14:

  • No changes.

Wednesday May 15:

  • No changes.

Thursday May 16:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday May 17:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday May 18:

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

Sunday May 19:

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

Monday May 20:

  • 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday May 21:

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

Wednesday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday May 23:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday May 24:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday May 25:

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

Sunday May 26:

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

Monday May 27:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday May 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday May 31:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 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 Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

rachel king January 18, 2013 at 2:42 am

on friday 17th may it states Hollywood studios open from 6am is this a typing error or correct?

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rose January 18, 2013 at 6:50 am

Isn’t Friday May 17th the 1st day of Star Wars Weekend? I wouldn’t surprise me if they open Hollywood studios extra early that day.

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Patty57 January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

Wow. Nice to have this May info now, and not in the middle of April.

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shannon January 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

do the extended hours change up any of the recommendations for your crowd calendar?

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Dan February 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hollywood studios is now showing a midnight closing. Is it going to be that crowded?? First week in may has been great the last two times, tho we’ve never been there on sat, always arrived on Sunday.

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