Disney updated the operating hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yet again, moving the opening to 7am on eight additional dates in January. The chart below lists the current hours:
The dates that show the previous 8am opens in the fourth column are the dates that were most-recently changed.
With the large number of people who continue to be willing to show up well before 6am in order to be inside Hollywood Studios at regular Park open, when boarding groups for Rise of the Resistance open for all to join, we may see Disney move the open to 7am for the rest of the dates in January and into February. Currently, the Studios is scheduled to open at 9am daily in February, but those openings will assuredly move earlier in the coming days. We may see a big update to February’s operating schedule on January 13th or 17th, with the likelihood that Disney will continue to tinker.
The morning Extra Magic Hours that were originally scheduled in March have also been changed to evening Extra Magic Hours, which is the same thing that we’ve seen in January and February.
Anyone planning on visiting the Studios over the next several months should be prepared for 7am opens, with the potential for 8am opens on days that are expected to be significantly less crowded. There may not be very many of those days.
While regular boarding groups closed in less than a minute over Christmas and New Year’s weeks, they’ve been open for about ten minutes each of the last three days. While that’s still not great, it does mean that everyone who is in the Park when it opens should be able to secure a boarding group position to ride. Anyone who would like to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance should plan on arriving at bag check at least 20 minutes before the Park is scheduled to open.
For the latest tips on how to best secure a Rise of the Resistance boarding group, and a lot more information on how you might want to go about planning your day, see this 4,000+ word post.
The upcoming weekend should be a busy one with the Walt Disney World Marathon events going on. The runners and their families are typically keyed-in on everything Disney and you’ll be looking at a lot of people positioning themselves inside Hollywood Studios prior to Park opening poised to click that “Join Boarding Group” button.
As always, we’ll continue to monitor the situation.