Walt Disney World Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

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We’ve got high crowds and some great temps for you this week. Grab a sip of water (gotta stay hydrated!) and read your Walt Disney World preview here!

Special Events

  • The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival ends May 28. Will you get to visit before it ends?
  • As of May 28, Magic Kingdom’s After Fireworks Dessert Party is available to participating guests. Admission is $69 for adults and $41 for children, and you can read more about it here.
  • Annual Passholders are receiving special offerings now through June 29. These include a 20% discount at Hollywood & Vine (located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and early access to purchase a Toy Story Land-themed MagicBand.
  • PhotoPass Photographers have added new Magic Shots around the resort. At Magic Kingdom park, see Dumbo fly over Storybook Circus, catch the Cheshire Cat near the Mad Tea Party, or get your head shot taken near the Casting Agency door!
  • The Friendship Boats are closed temporarily as of May 7. This transportation service is for guests staying at the Epcot area resorts, and the closure is due to a bridge refurbishment. At the time of this article, Disney has not yet released a completion date.


A tropical disturbance is scheduled to make for a wet weekend, so keep that in mind when you make your plans. For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Liberty Square Riverboat


What do you think of this After Fireworks Dessert Party? Would you try it out? Let me know in the comments! 

Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

  • May 25, 2018 at 9:27 am

    What time do they rope drop for the general public at Animal Kingdom when they have early Magic Hours? It appears to me they are letting early Magic in at 7:30am. Can we get in before 9am then? Do they let the public in early as well or do we wait until 9am?

    • May 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      They may let the general public through the gates as early as 7:30 But you will be hrded to a holding area until official opening to e. Resort guests are sent left once inside the park and must have their Magic Band scanned to prove they are staying on property before being allowed further.


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