Disney made a round of updates to the June 2015 Walt Disney World operating schedule over the weekend. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_june.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

Magic Kingdom is now open until midnight virtually every day with two Electrical Parades scheduled nightly. Hollywood Studios closes at 10pm with two Fantasmic shows nightly. Animal Kingdom’s close was only extended on a few nights over the course of the month. I expect the close to be extended to at least 7pm daily with occasional 8am openings in the future, though that update might not arrive until May.

An FAQ follows the list of changes:

Monday June 1:

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

Tuesday June 2:

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

Wednesday June 3:

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

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Disney made changes to the April 2015 Walt Disney World operating schedule around the weeks that comprise the Easter holiday. Below is a list of those changes. The full April operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. Click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version of the document.

Wednesday April 1:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Thursday April 2:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-8pm from 9am-8pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

Friday April 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-7pm from 9am-7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am-9:30pm from 9am-9:30pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-11pm. Second Festival of Fantasy Parade added at 12pm, in addition to 3pm Parade. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 12:15am, in addition to 10:15pm Parade.

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Disney made another round of changes to the March 2015 Disney World operating schedule over the weekend. Below is a list of those changes. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_march.pdf. Make sure you click “refresh” on your browser to load the newest version.

An FAQ follows the list of changes:

Sunday March 1:

  • No changes.

Monday March 2:

  • No changes.

Tuesday March 3:

  • No changes.

Wednesday March 4:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 8pm and 10pm. No Parades previously scheduled.

Thursday March 5:

  • No changes.

Friday March 6:

  • No changes.

Saturday March 7:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-12am from 9am-12am.

Sunday March 8:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9:30pm from 9am-8pm. Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-11pm from 9am-11pm.

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I’m short on time as I’m about to leave for a weekend stay at the Grand Floridian, but Disney released the September 2015 operating schedule at the usual link: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_september.pdf. It looks like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will start September 1st again. September 11th and 12th are Night of Joy dates. Also note the change in the Extra Magic Hours schedule beginning the week of September 20th to accommodate the start of the Food and Wine Festival on Friday September 25th.

The late labor day should not have a dramatic impact on summer crowds being extended into September. If you’re flexible with your dates, I’d visit between September 9th and 23rd, which should be a stretch of the two least crowded weeks of the year. But the first week in September should remain quiet, relatively speaking.

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This review is sponsored by by DVC Magic Resales at www.dvcmagicresales.com (they used their DVC points to book the room and in exchange will also be posting this review and reviews of the other properties). If you’re looking to buy into the Disney Vacation Club or purchase more points for less than you’d pay Disney directly, they’re a great choice. They also take excellent care of those looking to sell their contracts independently.

The Saratoga Springs review is available here should you have missed it or would like a quick refresher. Wilderness Lodge is on tap for later this month with BoardWalk Inn arriving next month.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort (OKW) is the original Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort, opening all the way back in 1991.

According to Disney:

Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. A peaceful tropical paradise, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is also just a boat ride away from the excitement of the Downtown Disney area.

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The last Wednesday in January is typically the least crowded day of the year outside of September. As the website has discussed ad nauseam over the last couple of years, international attendance has “helped” boost attendance and wait times in late January and into February, but crowds and wait times remain some of the lowest of the year.

I’m happy to announce a new game we’re playing on the website. If you visit during a “crowd level 1 or 2 day” and think the wait times and attendance were much higher than predicted, you get to pick another date during the year outside of September that you think will have lower waits and lower attendance. And then when that date actually has higher attendance and higher wait times because you actually did visit on one of the least crowded days of the year with the lowest wait times, you get to pay me $100. It’s fun because I always win.

Anyway, this is it – the lowest wait times you can expect to see outside of September and the reality of where Walt Disney World attendance is at in this post-FP+ era.

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Animal Kingdom was not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests, but remains doable. Afternoon downtime pushes up wait times after 3:30pm at DINOSAUR and Everest, but the averages remain relatively low.

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Disney added a few more Main Street Electrical Parades. It’s good news for anyone that wants to see the Parade because it’s now offered every night in February. And it’s good news for those that don’t want to see the Parade because it will help pull people away from attractions over the last hour or so the Parks are open.

Friday January 30:

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

Sunday February 22:

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

Monday February 23:

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

Tuesday February 24:

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

Wednesday February 25:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Thursday February 26:

  • Main Street Electrical Parade added at 7pm and 9pm. No Parade previously scheduled.

Saturday February 28:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-1am from 9am-12am.

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We press onward toward Disney’s Polynesian (Village) Resort to check out the lobby and construction progress, in addition to grabbing lunch at Captain Cook’s. Then it’s a pit stop at the Contemporary Resort before heading over to Magic Kingdom to check out what’s happening in Frontierland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square.

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We’ll head out to Epcot on the afternoon of January 25, 2015 with an occasional rewind all the way back to January 10. With the Flower and Garden Festival starting on March 4th and continuing through May 17th, there are precious few opportunities to enjoy Epcot’s simpler flower beds. Fast forward about five weeks and we’ll have another fake topiary scene welcoming us.

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2015 Dated Walt Disney World Merchandise

by josh on January 26, 2015

The website has been collecting pictures of this stuff for about a month now. This should be the entire lot, at least as it stands now:

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