Operating Hours

Disney Time

It seems like a simple, somewhat unimportant thing when you are at Walt Disney World, but if you don’t know them, you could get caught unaware. Today we look at OPERATING HOURS!

One of the constants at Walt Disney World is change! Operating Hours of the four theme parks can change daily. They can even change on the day you are visiting! And, the hours vary depending on the time of year. So, how do you find out what the hours are going to be for the purpose of planning? Well, let’s look at a few ideas!

You could just shoot from the hip and show up not knowing what the hours are for the day before you arrive. Then, you take the gamble that your ADR for ‘Ohana won’t allow you to get back to The Magic Kingdom in time for The Main Street Electrical Parade. What do you do?

Or, you could use one of several online tools that are available. One tool is at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/. This is from Disney and allows you to change the date at the top to get the current schedule for they days you are seeking. It will also show you which parks have Extra Magic Hours that day. Most of these are available at about six months out.

You can also visit http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/hours.htm to check hours, EMH, and also what parades, fireworks, or shows that are scheduled for that day. This site is from The Dis and has an extreme amount of information.

One last tip. If you are using an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, you can always ask them to look it up for you! ADVPs have access to some tools that are available to the general public and may be able to assist you in firming up your daily itinerary.

There are many other places on the internet to find the information you seek. If you need help finding it, just let me know at threestrandswdw@outlook.com and I’ll be glad to lend a hand, or guide you to an agent in your area!

Have a Blessed and Magical day, Disney Lovers!!


I think if there is one thing that really stands out about how Walt Disney World completes the show each and every day, it has to be the NIGHTTIME!

After a long day at any of the four theme parks of Walt Disney World, are you ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy a command performance level closing to the days show? Well, if you are, you’re in the right place! With the exception of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (due to be corrected at some point in the “near” future), there are three nighttime spectaculars that put the exclamation point on your day!

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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we get to see what Sorcerer Mickey is up to, or rather up against, in the high energy pyrotechnic and water screen presentation of Fantasmic! Located in the Amphitheater on Sunset Boulevard, the spectacular show weaves a story that will delight into your evening. The finale is a nice ride down memory lane that involves many of the beloved Disney Characters to delight kids of all ages. Including, us older kids!!

EPCOT offers Illuminations! This offering can be seen from just about anywhere around the Promenade that borders World Showcase Lagoon. There are a lot of pyrotechnics and a globe that glows in the middle. It is a fabulous presentation and the music is quite beautiful, too. If you haven’t seen Illuminations! you must take time on your next trip. One small hint: Many of the restaurants that are around the lagoon have seating areas to watch. IF you can get an ADR in the 7:00PM range, and are willing to wait a few minutes, you may get a table with a view.

Finally, The Magic Kingdom has a number if things to offer after the sun goes down. First, is The Main Street Electrical Parade. This is the classic Disney parade with a lot of lights and so many of the Disney characters that we have all grown to love and adore! It starts at Town Square and makes it way down Main Street U.S.A through Liberty Square and finishes at Frontierland. Good seats can be had all along the route, but you can head to Frontierland for the little ones to get a closer view!

Second at The Magic Kingdom is Celebrate The Magic. Cinderella’s Castle is lit up with an array of projected images and a soundtrack to augment what you see on the Castle. There are a lot of Disney enhanced colors and images, as well as clips from some of Disney’s most beloved movies. It is a short show, but it is a nice lead in to what comes next.

And, that it Wishes! Wishes! is the nighttime fireworks display that The Magic Kingdom presents every night on one form or another. There are some night in the fall that park guests can only see if they purchase a separate party admission. Those are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, both which have special Wishes! presentations with tie-ins to those holidays. There are many places around the hub to view Wishes!, as well as places along Main St. U.S.A. and the train platform at Town Square. You can see most of it from Tomorrowland, a view I got this past December. The music is played in all areas that have any kind of view.

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As always, have a Blessed and Magical day!!