October 2015 Disney World Operating Schedule Changes

Disney updated the October 2015 operating schedule. The full operating schedule is available here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/ParkHours/WDWTravelAgent_october.pdf. Click refresh to load the newest version. An FAQ follows the list.

Note the 8am opens at Animal Kingdom on the 10th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and 31st. And the 8am Magic Kingdom openings on the 10th, 14th, and 17th.

Thursday October 1:

  • None

Friday October 2:

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

Saturday October 3:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6pm from 9am-5pm.
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-11pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm show.

Sunday October 4:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9pm from 9am-7:30pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9:30pm, in addition to 8pm show.

Monday October 5:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm show.

Tuesday October 6:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 7:

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

Thursday October 8:

  • No changes.

Friday October 9:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6:30pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-9pm from 9am-7:30pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9:30pm, in addition to 8pm show.

Saturday October 10:

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

Sunday October 11:

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

Monday October 12:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-8pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Tuesday October 13:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 14:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 8am-11pm from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm show.

Thursday October 15:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-6:30pm from 9am-6pm.

Friday October 16:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Saturday October 17:

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

Sunday October 18:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-6:30pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Monday October 19:

  • Magic Kingdom hours extended to 9am-12am from 9am-10pm. Second Main Street Electrical Parade added at 11pm, in addition to 9pm show.

Tuesday October 20:

  • No changes.

Wednesday October 21:

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

Thursday October 22:

  • No changes.

Friday October 23:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-7pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Saturday October 24:

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

Sunday October 25:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-6:30pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

Monday October 26:

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

Tuesday October 27:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 9am-5:30pm from 9am-5pm.

Wednesday October 28:

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

Thursday October 29:

  • No changes.

Friday October 30:

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

Saturday October 31:

  • Animal Kingdom hours extended to 8am-6:30pm from 9am-6pm.
  • Hollywood Studios hours extended to 9am-8:30pm from 9am-7pm. Second Fantasmic added at 9pm, in addition to 7:30pm show.

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 Magic Kingdom was previously closing at 10pm with Extra Magic Hours from 10pm to 12am and now closes at 12am, Extra Magic Hours would run from 12am to 2am.  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 9pm Fantasmic shows that are scheduled after Hollywood Studios officially closes?

Anyone is welcome to stay for the 9pm Fantasmic.  While the Studios “closes” at 8:30pm, operating attractions will allow guests to enter the queue right up until 8:30pm regardless of wait time and when they’ll disembark. That means you could get in line for Toy Story Mania at 8:29pm, 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 or MagicBands 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?

There should not be significant changes, if any are necessary at all.

Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    This schedule shows Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for refurbishment. I had thought it was Blizzard Beach that was closing in October for refurb. Has that been changed?

    • Dee says

      Blizzard Beach closes on October 4th for refurbishment, but given the recent closures and issues, it may move up even further.

  2. KapBoy77 says

    Just checked the Disney site and all hours are available for Typhoon in October. Blizzard times are unavailable. They probably copy and pasted from last year`s schedule.

  3. Jaime says

    Thanks for this update, too! Both of our currently planned trips (October and January) have some minor time adjustments, but nothing that causes issue.

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