December 2012 Disney World Operating Schedule Updates

by josh on November 16, 2012

Disney updated the December 2012 operating schedule today as expected.  The schedule is available in its entirety here.  As always, these are the official hours from an official Disney website.  It’s simply easier for Disney to update a single document than it is to program the changes into DisneyWorld.com.  Look for the updated hours at DisneyWorld.com in the next week.  The changes shouldn’t affect the recommendations or crowd levels much, if at all, but you’ll want to take note of the occasional 8am open at Magic Kingdom and additional evening entertainment where available.

Saturday December 1:

  • No changes.

Sunday December 2:

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

Monday December 3:

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

Tuesday December 4:

  • No changes.

Wednesday December 5:

  • No changes.

Thursday December 6:

  • No changes.

Friday December 7:

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

Saturday December 8:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 12am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday December 9:

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

Monday December 10:

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

Tuesday December 11:

  • No changes.

Wednesday December 12:

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

Thursday December 13:

  • No changes.

Friday December 14:

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

Saturday December 15:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.  Second Fantasmic added at 8pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 12am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Sunday December 16:

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

Monday December 17:

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

Tuesday December 18:

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

Wednesday December 19:

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

Thursday December 20:

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

Friday December 21:

  • 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 – 7pm from 9am – 7pm.

Saturday December 22:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Sunday December 23:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Monday December 24:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 7pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 10pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Tuesday December 25:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 9:30pm from 9am – 9:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Wednesday December 26:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 10:30pm from 9am – 10:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 10pm from 9am – 10pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Thursday December 27:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 10:30pm from 9am – 10:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Friday December 28:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 10:30pm from 9am – 10:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 12am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Saturday December 29:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 10:30pm from 9am – 10:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 10pm from 9am – 10pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Sunday December 30:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 9pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 10:30pm from 9am – 10:30pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 11pm from 9am – 10pm.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 12am from 9am – 11pm.  Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 9:30pm, in addition to 7pm Parade.  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.  Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks formally added at 11:50pm.

Monday December 31:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 8pm from 9am – 8pm.
  • Epcot hours extended to 8am – 1am from 9am – 1am.  New Year’s Eve IllumiNations formally added at 6:30pm and 11:40pm
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 8am – 12am from 9am – 12am.   Second Fantasmic added at 8pm and third Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 6:30pm show. Lights, Camera, Happy New Year Fireworks formally added at 12am.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am – 2am from 9am – 12am.   Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade replaces Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks formally added at 11:50pm.

FAQ:

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 DisneyWorld.com.  The changes will hit DisneyWorld.com at some point in the next two weeks, but you can rest assured they 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 Hollywood Studios was previously closing at 8pm with Extra Magic Hours from 8pm to 11pm and now closes at 9pm, Extra Magic Hours would run from 9pm to 12am.  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.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna November 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Monday December 3:
Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 10pm from 9am – 8pm.

I am assuming the evening EMH is still in effect for this day, extending MK hours to 1am.
Is that correct?

josh November 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Yes, I added the FAQ.

Val November 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Yay!!! I have been waiting for this. An extra hour in the dark at AK on 12/15 and an 11:00 MSEP on my MK night. We are doing the dessert party, so I thought we would be missing the parade. 28 days!!!!

Nikki November 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

2 weeks tomorrow until we go. Thanks so much for this site josh – it’s fab.

Donna November 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Oops. I skipped right past that to ask the question!
Thanks!

therealbay November 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’m guessing the extended hours mean they are expecting bigger crowds. That scares me a little bit!

KapBoy77 November 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hey Josh!

Would you know if the bus schedules to the parks are affected by the earlier opening of MK? I heard the buses leve the resorts around 6:30 AM but will they leave earlier with this changes?

Thanks and keep up the great workentertainment!

KapBoy77 November 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

BTW I know how to spell “leave”… I think? :)

josh November 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Don’t worry about it Donna, it wasn’t there when you asked ^_^ Your question reminded me to post it.

Longer hours don’t indicate heavier than expected crowds. Disney extends the operating hours every month.

You got “leave” right once so I trust you. I’d expect the first buses to arrive around 6:30am – potentially before. So few people are up that early that arriving any time up until 7am would put you well ahead of everyone.

Misty November 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Are you going to the Christmas Party this year? I like to use all your helpful tips :-)

josh November 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Nope no Christmas Party this year.

Your Aunt Sara November 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

“Nope no Christmas Party this year.”

Does that mean you’re coming home for a visit?

Tracie November 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Josh, how do you think crowds will be for MVMCP on Dec 6 and 11? Trying to decide which party date to go to and with the “grand opening” of fantasyland the 6th I’m nervous it will be a super busy party.

Mike D November 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Any chance these will change again? I see the extra Fantasmic! On the 8th, but they didn’t extend the hours like they did last year.
Mike

Misty November 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Devestating Josh!

Jordan November 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Josh-
What do you think about ADRs that used to be pre-park opening, but now aren’t? Do they still make sense?

Example: I currently have ADRs at MK for two days. One is a 8:05AM at CRT, the other 8:10 at CP. Previously, MK was opening at 9AM…now it opens at 8AM both days. Will I be missing a lot by keeping the early ADRs and loosing an hour of touring time?

niniri November 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

So… If I got it right, MK will be closing at 5 am with the EMH on December 31? o_O

CarolB November 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

No Christmas party??!!! How will we know what to do? We have been waiting for your new plan. Want to come with us on the 9th?

niniri November 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Never mind. There are no evening EMH for MK on December 31.

Anonymous November 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

Same question as above…best to cancel prepark adrs?

Robin November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Josh- Thanks for such great info. Couldn’t plan w/out u! Currently suffering from anaysis paralysis… Trying to decide on MK day and AK day. The 2 days are Friday, 12/14 and Sunday, 12/16. Originally thought 12/14 AK, 12/16 MK. Now I am worried about MK on a Sunday given the draw of new FLE for Floridians. We aren’t hopping and will make rope drop on 12/16, but likely not on 12/14. Whichever day will be the only day we’ll spend at AK. Thoughts?

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