The Disney World park hours were recently updated for the month of January 2013, with operating hours extended for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are now a handful of days where the Magic Kingdom is open later with a second Main Street Electrical Parade added.
Hollywood Studios also had quite a few days changed, and will now stay open until 9 or 10pm occasionally. Those days will also see an additional showing of Fantasmic!. Animal Kingdom had many closing times adjusted as well.
The chart below shows all current park hours with changes in red.
You may notice 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). Should any major changes occur to our Crowd Calendar, I will update this post with explanations. If you have questions, please feel free to post them in the comments below.
One period that may change is the first few days of the new year. While we expected larger crowds still hanging around from the holidays, the very late hours for the Magic Kingdom and the 3 Fantasmic shows on the 1st and 2nd indicate even higher crowds are expected. If you are going to be there during that time, make sure you get to the park before it opens and use a Touring Plan.
One last important point regarding evening Extra Magic Hours (EMH): Starting on January 4, with an Epcot EMH, Extra Magic Hours will only last for 2 hours in the evening rather than the previous 3. That means that Epcot will remain open to Disney resort guests from 9pm until 11pm on that particular evening.
If you are curious about how Disney updates their park hours, check out this blog post. Thanks for using Touring Plans!