April 2016 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

Disney made another round of changes to April’s operating schedule. The full list is below and the operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_april.pdf. Click “refresh” to load the newest version.

Disney has still not confirmed later closings at Animal Kingdom for any date, including the official debut of the show, which is just over a month away on April 22nd. By the end of April, Animal Kingdom is going to have to be open at a minimum until 10pm to accommodate Rivers of Light.

The Extra Magic Hours at Epcot and Hollywood Studios on April 17th and 19th were swapped. That will likely come with a recommendation change, though I wouldn’t let it throw off your entire plan should you already have FP+ and dining reservations. The exception might be if you’re not Extra Magic Hours eligible and plan to rope drop Hollywood Studios on the 19th. The morning EMH there would affect how your morning would go as a couple thousand people would already be filling the queues for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror before you have an opportunity to enter. You’d be mostly fine with a later arrival.

Friday April 1:

  • No changes.

Saturday April 2:

  • No changes.

Sunday April 3:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.
  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Monday April 4:

  • No changes.

Tuesday April 5:

  • No changes.

Wednesday April 6:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday April 7:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Friday April 8:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

Saturday April 9:

  • Second Fantasmic added at 10pm, in addition to 8:30pm show.

Sunday April 10:

  • No changes.

Monday April 11:

  • No changes.

Tuesday April 12:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday April 13:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday April 14:

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

Friday April 15:

  • No changes.

Saturday April 16:

  • No changes.

Sunday April 17:

  • Hollywood Studios morning Extra Magic Hour canceled.
  • Epcot evening Extra Magic Hours added.

Monday April 18:

  • No changes.

Tuesday April 19:

  • Hollywood Studios morning Extra Magic Hour added.
  • Epcot evening Extra Magic Hours canceled.

Wednesday April 20:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Thursday April 21:

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

Friday April 22:

  • No changes.

Saturday April 23:

  • No changes.

Sunday April 24:

  • No changes.

Monday April 25:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Tuesday April 26:

  • Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm Parade.

Wednesday April 27:

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

Thursday April 28:

  • No changes.

Friday April 29:

  • No changes.

Saturday April 30:

  • No changes.

Comments

  1. Jason says

    I wonder what the reason is for adding the 2nd MSEP during the middle of the weeks versus the busier weekends?

  2. Guy says

    I have a Via Napoli ADR booked for 9.30pm on Tuesday the 19th of April. With the EMH being moved, what will happen to my reservation? Via Napoli is my favourite Epcot restaurant so I’m very concerned!

  3. Alice says

    It looks like they added Disney After hours for April 12th. I choose this date to go to Magic Kingdom because it was your “highly recommended day” and we already made reservation at BOG.

    Do you think Disney After Hours will affect your “highly recommended day”? From what I read, people who are attending will be allowed in at 7 pm?

    Thankyou

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