Changes To February Park Hours And Schedules

by on January 24, 2011 8 Comments

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Changes to Walt Disney World park schedules and park hours in February

  • Studios park hours extended (Feb 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27)
  • Fantasmic! shows added (Feb 3, 6, 9, 13, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24)
  • Magic Kingdom hours extended (Feb 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26)
  • Main Street Electrical Light Parade performances added (Feb 12, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)
  • Animal Kingdom hours extended (Feb 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)

When we see a lot of changes to park schedules this close to the dates it tells us that crowds may be higher than originally thought. We have become accustomed to Disney changing its park hours recently so we were prepared – a little bit.  However, when Fantasmic shows and parades are added and park hours are extended it can cause a lot of changes to the crowd calendar. What may have been a good park to visit before now might be outweighed by a better option.

Our daily park recommendations are relative to the days around it so even if park hours and schedules did not change for your travel dates the crowd levels and recommendations may have been affected.

What do I do if something has changed during my dates?

We recommend thinking about the following before changing your plans:

  1. It may be more difficult to rebook your Dining reservations than to deal with increased crowds. If you have the Dining reservations you wanted, consider keeping them and adjusting your park touring where needed.
  2. A Touring Plan is the number ONE best way to beat crowds – no matter the day. Use it as your best insurance against surprise crowds.
  3. Use Lines while you are in the parks to see how crowds are building at the attractions.

It is an ongoing philosophical debate here at about how and when to update our crowd predictions. We recognize the need to plan ahead but we also need to respect the value of accurate predictions. When we update the calendar we are doing it because something has changed significantly enough to warrant doing so. We feel that the need for our readers to be prepared outweighs the frustration about having to change travel plans.

Posted on January 24, 2011

8 Responses to “Changes To February Park Hours And Schedules”

  • Thanks for the heads-up, Fred. I’d always rather be informed about what’s in store for me, than be blindsided if you’d been reluctant to tweak your numbers.

    Just wanted to revisit a question about Feb 21st-26th: it looks like MK, HS, and AK all have some ebb-and-flow in park crowd levels over that week, ranging from 5’s to 8’s and 9’s. But you have EP projected to be consistently slammed every single day without relief: nothing but 8’s and 9’s the whole time.

    Any thoughts on why this is?


    • Good question Andy, not sure of the answer off hand. Other than the fact that Epcot is the most consistent day-to-day all year round. The schedule for Epcot changes only for very special occasions like New Year’s Eve. The Magic Kingdom has sporadic parades and the Studios had Fantasmic so it tends to go up and down more.

  • Appears the hours are still listed incorrectly for Magic Kingdom on a few weekend days as opening at 9 am… When it actually opens at 8 am for the last 2 weekends in February.
    I do hope this doesn’t make the crowd projections even worse..

  • Hmmm. Do you think this means there will be changes in store for March too? We’re coming the first week of March and have made plans based around which days Fantasmic and the Electric Parade are showing, but if they’re going to add more shows that will change everything.

    Thanks for posting this!

  • Feb 9, 2011 is surrounded by 1s for crowd levels. Is something happening that day (besides fantasmic) to make it so much higher than the other week days that week?