October and November 2013 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

by josh on October 14, 2013

Disney updated the operating schedule for the end of October and entirety of November today. You can look at the full November operating schedule here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_nov.pdf. Click refresh on your browser if the date in the lower left hand corner of each page isn’t 10/11/13 or sooner.

The changes are in line with what we were expecting. November 17th – 23rd looks to be an even better week than expected with low crowds and cool temperatures.

The changes over Thanksgiving are what we were expecting, with the exception of even longer hours at Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom will operate from 8am – 1am every day over the week of Thanksgiving. That’s good news for the early risers and late stayers because 8am – 10am and 11pm – 1am are the best chunks of time to tour with low crowds and short waits. 10:30am -9pm will be slammed every day. Recommended days will see lower crowds and shorter waits, but we’re talking peak waits of 100 minutes instead of 120 minutes at Space Mountain. Or Buzz with a 45 minute wait at 4pm instead of a 60 minute wait. Sunday November 24th has shorter hours than expected as well.

Sunday October 27:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 6pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 8:30pm from 9am – 7:30pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Monday October 28:

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

Tuesday October 29:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 30:

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

Thursday October 31:

  • No changes.

Friday November 1:

  • No changes.

Saturday November 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 8:30pm from 9am – 7:30pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 1am from 9am – 9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Sunday November 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm. Main Street Electrical Parade added at 8pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Monday November 4:

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

Tuesday November 5:

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

Wednesday November 6:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.

Thursday November 7:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Friday November 8:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.

Saturday November 9:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 12am from 9am – 9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Sunday November 10:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 12am from 9am – 9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Monday November 11:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.

Tuesday November 12:

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

Wednesday November 13:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 9pm.

Thursday November 14:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 6pm from 9am – 5pm.

Friday November 15:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.

Saturday November 16:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 11pm from 9am – 9pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 10pm, in addition to 8pm Parade.

Sunday November 17:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 6pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.

Monday November 18:

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

Tuesday November 19:

  • No changes.

Wednesday November 20:

  • No changes.

Thursday November 21:

  • No changes.

Friday November 22:

  • No changes.

Saturday November 23:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 7pm from 9am – 5pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm 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 November 24:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday November 25:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday November 26:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday November 27:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday November 28:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday November 29:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Saturday November 30:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

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 Magic Kingdom was previously closing at 9pm with Extra Magic Hours from 9pm to 11pm and now closes at 11pm, Extra Magic Hours would run from 11pm to 1am.  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 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 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.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Doug October 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Any idea why DHS is closes at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day? It closes at 10 PM every other day of the week. I’m hoping that means lower crowds that day.

Doug October 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Sorry for my grammar! Should be “Any idea why DHS closes….”

josh October 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yeah, Studios is a recommended park along with Animal Kingdom on Thanksgiving because Magic Kingdom and Epcot are so busy. A later close at Studios would help spread crowds out further, but it will still be a good day to visit. Animal Kingdom is your best bet though.

Karen October 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Do you think this will effect your recommendations?

josh October 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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.

Karen October 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Sorry…didn’t see ’til after I asked. Thanks for letting us know that it will not effect the recommendations!

Grace October 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

So excited for a 10 pm MSEP on 10/28! I was hoping for that! We are doing Wishes Dessert Party at 8 pm and I have never seen either Wishes from inside the park or MSEP (ever). Even after multiple trips to Disney! So I was going to be bummed if I was only going to get to see MSEP from afar (inside Tomorrowland Terrace). Now it will be PERFECT!! Thanks for all the work you do Josh. I really, really appreciate it.

I have been camped out on your F&W Fest reviews, just going through them again and again in anticipation!

Janna October 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thanks so much for your updates Josh! My hubby will be so excited when I tell him they’ve extended hours and added MSEP on one of our MK days :) We’ve never seen Wishes or the parade, so it will be the perfect finish to our anniversary trip!

annb October 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

thats great, my kids STILL keep going on about being at WDW until 1am (the latest they have ever stayed up) so was really pleased to see it will be on when we visit next month! hopefully we can stay awake as will just have arrived from Australia the day before!

Michael October 15, 2013 at 4:48 am

So glad they’re adding the MSEP on the 3rd. It’s my son’s first time at Disney and we weren’t expecting to see it since it wasn’t scheduled on our Magic Kingdom days. This is great!

Monet October 15, 2013 at 5:10 am

Glad to hear that about Nov 17-23 being better than expected because that’s when we’ll be there. Thanks for the update!

keeks October 15, 2013 at 5:59 am

we’ll be there Nov 16-24. Glad to read it’ll be better than expected!

Jason October 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

do you anticipate early December changes as well?

kelly jeanie October 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for the updates, Josh! On Oct. 30, the park closes at 10 but the parade is at 10. How does that work, or is that a typo on their site? Thanks!

Jamie October 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much for the updates!! We’ll be there Nov 15-24th!!

Chad November 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I have a reservation for Hollywood Studios for 9:50pm on Thanksgiving but the park closes at 8pm. Is that closing time a mistake or do I just sit around for two hours after the park closes?

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