February, March, April, May, June 2013 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

by josh on February 24, 2013

Disney updated its operating schedule yesterday, February 23rd.  Disney made many more changes to February here, March here, April here, and May here.  In this round of updates, there were actually no further updates to April and only one for February, March, and May.  With Disney’s MyMagic+ initiative, Disney is finalizing their operating schedules much further in advance than they have over the last three years.  Prior to last month, Disney would only be making major changes to March.  Now, they’re all the way up to finalizing June.  With Disney’s rollout of their ride reservation system along with the rest of FASTPASS+, we can expect this trend to continue as guests will need to know the actual operating hours in order to decide which attractions they want to experience at what time.

The full June operating schedule is available here.  Click refresh if the date in the lower left hand corner of each page isn’t 2/23/13 or sooner.  An FAQ is at the end of this post.

Wednesday February 27th:

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

Saturday March 2nd:

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

Saturday May 4:

  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am – 12am from 9am – 10pm.

Saturday June 1:

  • 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.

Sunday June 2:

  • 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 June 3:

  • 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 June 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.

Wednesday June 5:

  • Animal Kingdom hours reduced to 9am – 6pm 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.

Thursday June 6:

  • 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.

Friday June 7:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am – 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.

Saturday June 8:

  • 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.

Sunday June 9:

  • 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 June 10:

  • 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 June 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.

Wednesday June 12:

  • 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.

Thursday June 13:

  • 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.

Friday June 14:

  • 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.

Saturday June 15:

  • 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 June 16:

  • 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.

Monday June 17:

  • 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 June 18:

  • 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.

Wednesday June 19:

  • 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.

Thursday June 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.

Friday June 21:

  • 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.

Saturday June 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.

Sunday June 23:

  • 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.

Monday June 24:

  • 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 June 25:

  • 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.

Wednesday June 26:

  • 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.

Thursday June 27:

  • 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.

Friday June 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.

Saturday June 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.

Sunday June 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.

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, 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 9pm with Extra Magic Hours from 9pm to 11pm and now closes at 10pm, Extra Magic Hours would run from 10pm 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.

What about these 10:30pm Fantasmic shows that are scheduled after Hollywood Studios officially closes?

Anyone is welcome to stay for the 10:30pm Fantasmic.  While the Studios “closes” at 10pm, operating attractions will allow guests to enter the queue right up until 10pm regardless of wait time and when they’ll disembark.  That means you could get in line for Toy Story Mania at 9:59pm, 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.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

DaveTheWaveUSMC February 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks again Josh

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Betty February 25, 2013 at 6:09 am

Thanks Josh!

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Ness February 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

Josh, do you think we will see more changes to June or will this be where it stands? We’re going the second half of the month.

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