July 2012 WDW Park Hours

by on July 1, 2012 4 Comments

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The Disney World park hours were recently updated for July (well, most of July), with many operating hours extended for the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now, on just about all days, the Magic Kingdom is open until 11pm, and a few days 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 almost every day changed, and will now stay open until 10pm for the entire month. All days will also see an additional showing of Fantasmic!. Animal Kingdom had almost every closing time adjusted as well, those until 8pm.

The chart below shows all current park hours with changes in red. Please note that the hours were only updated through Saturday, July 28. July 29 through 31 will be updated with the August hours update coming in a few weeks.

You will also notice minor 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).

We apologize for the changes, although one thing you should be aware of is that Disney sometimes announces extended operating hours on the actual day of operation. Saturdays in particular tend to be prime candidate for 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.


Posted on July 1, 2012

4 Responses to “July 2012 WDW Park Hours”

  • When will the personalized plans reflect the new changes? We are going on the 8th and MK is now open until midnight. I just checked and the personalized plan did not show midnight. Also, the extra magic hours are that night. Does that mean the park will be open until 3 a.m.? How many of the rides will still be operating until midnight?

    • Felicia, we visited over the 4th of July last year and had a couple 3am closings. There were quite a lot of rides open until 3. More than are listed for the EMH. Our daughter was 7, so we had a long nap during the day and stayed until closing. There are very few families and we were able to ride without getting off, as long as no one was waiting. For ones that did have a wait (Space Mountain) we were able to go right to the end of the line without exiting the building. Good Luck!

    • The reason the personalized plan wasn’t working for the 8th Felicia is because I messed up. The Magic Kingdom is only scheduled to be open until 11pm that evening. That does not include the Extra Magic Hours, nor do any of the times on that chart.

      • So the chart was wrong?
        Thanks for letting me know.
        On the 8th, I want to watch the 2nd eletrical lights parade at 11 because we are not staying on property and will not be able to ride any rides past 11. Is there anyway to make the personalized plans use that parade instead of the earlier parade?