Just a heads up if you’re visiting this week – Disney just moved regular opening to 8am on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The open will stay at 9am on Monday and Wednesday, with the morning Extra Magic Hour beginning at 8am. Operating hours have been updated on the November crowd calendar.

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Disney released the June operating schedule at the usual address: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_june.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version. Star Wars Weekends looks to include a fifth weekend this year, with the last Weekend coming June 12th to 14th. Otherwise June is one of the most consistently busy month of the year. With that said, the earlier you go in June, the better. It’s slightly less hot/humid, fewer kids are out of school domestically, and South American visitation is a little lower.

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The Osborne (still no ‘u’) Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of Disney’s most popular holiday spectaculars.

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Like most other things Walt Disney World, Frozen has taken over the Cinderella Castle lighting at Magic Kingdom, resulting in heavier crowds and a much more trying experience for those attempting to take in the show. On Party nights, it’s scheduled at 6:15pm for everybody and then again at 8pm for Party goers. On non-Party nights, it’s scheduled at 6:15pm and again at 7:30pm. Shortly after the 6:15pm show, the Dream Lights are turned off in preparation for the second lighting.

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Edit: Magic Kingdom hours also extended on November 16 and 21 to 8am-7pm.

Unexpectedly, Hollywood Studios has extended its hours from 9am-9pm to 9am-10pm during Thanksgiving Week from Monday November 24 through Saturday November 29.

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm on November 16 and 21.

Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-10pm from 9am-9pm on November 18 and 19. Both days have added a second Electrical Parade at 10pm, in addition to the 8pm Parade.

The November Crowd Calendar was updated with all changes. The extra hour at Studios is good because waits at the major attractions will come down. The second Electrical Parade is good because it will be significantly easier to see and less crowded than the first.

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Edit: November crowd calendar updated to reflect the earlier openings.

Good or bad news for those traveling over the busy Thanksgiving week.

Animal Kingdom will be open from 8am-8pm from Sunday November 23 to Friday November 28. The previous open was 9am.

Magic Kingdom will open at 8am from Saturday November 22 to Saturday November 29. The previous open was 9am. Closing times remain the same.

If a morning Extra Magic Hour is scheduled, it moves one hour earlier, to 7am-8am.

This is good news for those that can arrive at the Parks by 7:30am for regular opens because it offers another hour of relatively low crowds and relatively low waits, despite high afternoon crowds. Expect low waits at most attractions through at least 10am. It’s potentially bad news for those that booked breakfast reservations around 8am. If you keep those reservations, you’ll be enjoying breakfast while wait times rise all around you, in addition to mostly losing out on that exclusive time in the Parks before it opens.

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Not unsurprisingly, each of the first two Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties have sold out with the Wine and Dine Marathon and Veterans Day holiday bringing a lot of people to the resort on relatively short trips where they try to cram in as much as possible. Despite being some of the busiest Parties of the year, wait times at the major attractions remain short:

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Anything with a posted wait of 5 or 10 minutes should more or less be a walk-on, leaving only a few attractions with actual waits of more than 10 minutes. Wait times are surprisingly short for many of the characters with posted waits. My hypothesis is that there are relatively few people willing to wait 45+ minutes for a character and they’re largely busy waiting for the Dwarfs or Sandy Claws, reducing waits at the characters that ordinarily meet.

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It’s been a while since we visited BoardWalk Bakery, which reopened from a four-month refurbishment all the way back in April 2013.

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It’s been a while since we took the time to visit Downtown Disney, because really…who cares, but with some recent developments it may be worth checking out.

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Over to Hollywood Studios to fit in an update in front of tonight’s debut of the Osborne (still no ‘u’) Spectacle of Dancing Lights. As reported a couple of weeks ago, the Sorcerer’s Hat is coming down in “early 2015,” most likely beginning the second week in January. Its removal is not so much a “re-connection” with the Studios’ original purpose, but more of a way to install a permanent stage and set off nightly fireworks. The hat gets in the way of both.

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