June 2012 Park Hour and Crowd Calendar Changes for WDW

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The Disney World park hours were recently updated for Memorial Day weekend and all of June, with many operating hours extended for the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are now many days where the Magic Kingdom is open until 11pm and a few Saturdays where it will stay open until 12am or even 1am. In addition, many nights a second Main Street Electrical Parade has been added.

Hollywood Studios also had every single day changed, and will now stay open until 10pm for the entire month. All days will also see an additional showing of Fantasmic. Hollywood Studios also gains a few 8am openings in honor of Star Wars Weekends. Animal Kingdom had quite a few closing times adjusted as well, those until 8pm.

The chart below shows all current park hours with changes in red.

You will also notice some changes to our Crowd Calendar involving some of the changed dates. We recently began using our own internal projected park hours to give you the most accurate crowd ratings available. Using these projected hours has made our long-term crowd ratings more stable, but we are not perfect (well, some of us).

The crowd levels for a few days changed by more than 3 points, and I would like to explain our rationale for the higher initial ratings.

May 28: Magic Kingdom’s crowd level decreased by 3.0. For Memorial Day, we initially projected a closing of 11pm with two performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade. As seen above, the actual closing time is 10pm and there is only one Main Street Electrical Parade.  The reason for the over-projection is because, on the equivalent day last year (May 30th, Memorial Day), the Magic Kingdom was open until 11pm with two Main Street Electrical Parades. Seeing as attendance has been generally higher this year, we assumed the trend of longer operating hours would continue.

June 1: Magic Kingdom’s crowd level decreased by 3.1. Much like Memorial Day above, on the equivalent day last year (Friday, June 3rd), the Magic Kingdom was open until 11pm. We expected those hours to continue.

June 2 : Magic Kingdom’s crowd level decreased by 3.3. Another similar story. On the equivalent day last year (Saturday, June 4th), the Magic Kingdom was open until 12am. We expected those hours to continue.

June 6: Disney’s Hollywood Studios crowd level increased by 4.7. We just plain got fooled by Disney’s calendar on this day. Hollywood Studios was originally scheduled for an early closing with no Fantasmic! shows. We assumed that indicated a special event, therefore we believed those hours. As you can imagine, those hours changed to a normal operating schedule, hence the dramatic increase. From now on we will always use our projections, ‘fool me once’ and all that.

June 30: Magic Kingdom’s crowd level decreased by 3.2. On this day we also expected the hours to be similar to last year (which was 12am). It seems strange that on the Saturday before the July 4th holiday the park will only be open until 10pm, but that is what Disney is saying…for now.

We apologize for the changes, although we are happy that in most cases the crowd levels are now lower than they previously were. One thing you should be aware of is that Disney sometimes announces extended operating hours on the actual day of operation. We see the above dates as prime candidates for these last minute extensions. These extensions are not necessarily something that can be planned around, but you should be aware that they are possible. We will make sure to keep you updated on all changes.

Thanks!

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Posted on May 18, 2012

10 Responses to “June 2012 Park Hour and Crowd Calendar Changes for WDW”

  • If I am in the park on a day that the hours change, how do I know? I don’t think they make an announcement, do they post signs or anything? Can I sign up for some sort of text alert? Does Disney keep it on the down low?
    Last month we were in Epcot, and after Illuminations (park closed at 9 pm that night), we made our way to the front exit. We asked a CM about something unrelated, and during the conversation she mentioned that Soarin’ was still open another hour, until 10 pm. She acted like it was a secret (but I already knew about it from TP.com, and simply forgot! grr)

    • And it actually WAS listed on the times board, but I never even consulted those since I was using my Lines app for wait times. And wasn’t really looking for changes in hours.

  • The EMH column is vastly different from what is posted on both WDW’s website and TP.com. Did that not get updated?

  • Great job on this chart, but the Walt Disney World calendars do not show the new times. When will this become “official” ?

  • Have final July 2012 park hours been released yet? I’ve been waiting for a post like this June one for July and haven’t seen it yet. We leave next Wednesday, and I’m trying to plan our park visits. Thanks!