WDW Park Hours Updated for January

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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!

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Brian McNichols

In addition to blogging, I also do some analyzin' here at Touring Plans. I am a travel nut, planning nut, Disney nut, wall nut. Husband of 1, father of 2. Hilariously funny in my own mind. Find me on Twitter @YesThatBrian if you like really dumb jokes.

4 thoughts on “WDW Park Hours Updated for January

  • December 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I see that Animal Kingdom is going to be open until 8 on several days. Will it be dark at that time in Orlando this time of year? Have never been to DAK in the dark before…

  • December 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    This Changes things a little. We have an8:15 reservation for breakfast at MK with what we thought was a 9am opening. Any suggestions as to how early I could still get in before 8o’clock? We were really looking forward to finally getting to go to breakfast before park opening.

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I am also in WDW during the first week of January, and now it looks like we’re all getting up an hour earlier. . . :/

    Do you think it means we’re talking 9-10 crowd levels here?

  • December 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Will the crowd calendar be changed at all over the first few days of January? My family will be traveling there on Jan. 4 and I’m not sure if this will change our planning. Thanks a ton!


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