This update was a bit delayed while I awaited confirmation on a few operating schedule changes to February and March. It wasn’t my fault, I promise! As you are probably aware, Disney announced “One More Disney Day” on New Year’s Eve. Magic Kingdom will be open from 6am Wednesday February 29th to 6am Thursday March 1st. That’s 24.00 straight hours. A lot of the particulars are still a bit hazy. Overall, it should be a bigger deal than the 40th Anniversary this past October, but it’s still unclear as to exactly what Disney will be offering and at what point during the day that will happen. We should know more as plans are finalized and approved. As it stands, very little is set in stone.
Disney made the following updates from February 27th through March 1st:
Monday February 27 – Fantasmic added at Hollywood Studios at 7pm.
Tuesday February 28 – Morning Extra Magic Hour moved to Magic Kingdom. Epcot is no longer hosting a morning Extra Magic Hour.
Wednesday February 29 – Magic Kingdom hours extended to 6am – 6am (24 straight hours) through March 1st.
Thursday March 1 – Morning Extra Magic Hour moved to Epcot. Magic Kingdom is no longer hosting morning Extra Magic Hour.
I updated the February 2012 Crowd Calendar and will update the rest of that week moving into March tomorrow. With the Extra Magic Hours switcharoo and major changes to Wednesday’s hours at Magic Kingdom, some of the recommendations have changed. The daily analysis under the Crowd Calendar should explain the changes in full. Should you have any questions about the particulars, please post a comment and I’ll take a look at your particular situation.
The fact that the “One More Disney Day” is a Wednesday in February should temper crowds significantly. With short notice and nothing officially announced to cause people to book a flight out (outside of the gimmicky 24 hour thing), I’m not expecting an influx of out-of-town guests arriving specifically for the “event.” It’s also unlikely the “locals” further than an hour out (think Tampa Bay) would visit without further motivation. I run a mediocre Disney blog, live 20 minutes away, and I’m planning to sleep in and drink lemonade on my balcony for most of the day. Anyway, I’m expecting Magic Kingdom to be relatively busy in the afternoon and evening, but 6am to at least noon on February 29th and 10pm – 6am moving into Thursday is looking wide open. The rest of the day shouldn’t even approach July-size crowds.