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Changes made to November 2014 through February 2015 park hours and entertainment

Changes to the park hours an entertainment were made for the following dates.  Be sure to check your Crowd Calendar for the dates of your visit.

November 28 – Animal Kingdom

December 20 through 31 – Magic Kingdom

January 1 through 4 – Animal Kingdom

January 1 through 5 – Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

January 8 – Magic Kingdom

January 12 – Hollywood Studios

January 16 – Magic Kingdom

January 17 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

January 18 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

January 19 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

January 20 – Magic Kingdom

January 24 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

January 25 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios

January 31 – Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom

February 18 – Hollywood Studios

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Changes made to August, October and November Park Hours and Crowd Calendars

During the most recent round of park hour changes made by Disney World, the following parks received adjustments to their park hours:

Animal Kingdom:

  • October 4-20, 22-26
  • November 1-2, 6-16, 22-27, 29-30

Hollywood Studios

  • August 11, 12, 22, 27
  • October 16
  • November 22

Magic Kingdom

  • August 9

Be sure to check the Crowd Calendar for your month of travel for full details.

 

KennythePirate’s October Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

October 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ Booking and Dining Windows and Best Times to Visit Disney World

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October starts off as a warm month and begins to cool off as the month goes along.  It’s still in the high season for hurricanes, so be sure to check into travel insurance for your trip.   We tend to see moderate rainfalls, but showers can happen any afternoon and some Halloween Parties experience rainfall.  The crowds in October tend to be in the low to moderate range.  The Halloween Parties are quite popular and sell out often on weekends and around Halloween.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will bring in some crowds, but nothing like Summer season or the big Holidays.  The Columbus Day weekend is typically really busy, but can be managed with good TOURING PLANS and Fastpass+ usage.   Mid-week Halloween Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here.  It’s my opinion that everyone should experience the Halloween Party at least once.  The lower crowds can also lead to Attraction Refurbishments that are typically not announced until summer.  Be sure to check back during the summer months to see if anything has changed.

October is a great month as far as crowds are concerned and is among the best times to visit.  Regardless of the times you can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop.

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

What will the weather be like during your October trip?

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
Oct 84°F 66°F 75°F 2.52 in. 95°F (1958) 38°F (2008)

October is in the median range in terms of temperature and rain.  It’s still hurricane season, so be prepared.  Late in the month may have some cooler nights, so bring a sweater.

Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.  The BEST day to visit the Magic Kingdom in terms of lines is a Halloween Party day.  Many attractions are walk-on.

The Magic Kingdom will only offer Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade on select nights each week.  Those park days tend to be more busy than others.  If the evening spectaculars are important, chose the day with the lowest hours or park hop into the Magic Kingdom at night.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your October trip?

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your October trip?

Updated at the first of each month!

Special  Events at Walt Disney World

Do you need a great map that includes attractions, restaurants, Fastpass kiosks and characters?

Typical Best Days to Go

Magic Kingdom: Tuesday and Friday
Epcot: Monday and Thursday
Hollywood Studios: Sunday, Tuesday and Friday
Animal Kingdom: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

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KennythePirate’s September Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ booking dates

September 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ Booking and Dining Windows and Best Times to Visit Disney World

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Updated 8/31/2014

September begins as a pretty hot month, but can cool just a touch as the month goes along.  Those who are from cooler or less humid climates may find Orlando to still be really hot.  September is the 4th rainiest month and is part of Hurricane season.  You may consider travel insurance to guarantee you don’t have a financial loss in the event a hurricane alters travel plans.

September is one of the best months in terms of crowds.  You’ll find very few really busy days in September.  To attempt to attract crowds Walt Disney World offers Night of Joy, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.  The first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is typically really busy as well as the one that begins the Food & Wine Party, which usually sells out.  Mid-week Halloween Parties are generally the best if you’re vacationing here.  It’s my opinion that everyone should experience the Halloween Party at least once.  The lower crowds can also lead to Attraction Refurbishments.  Be sure to check back during the summer months to see if anything has changed.

September is the preferred month as far as crowds are concerned and is among the best times to visit.  Regardless of the times you can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my TOURING PLANS to get the most out of your day (more plans coming soon!)

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

What will the weather be like during your September trip?

onth Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
Sep 90°F 72°F 81°F 5.09 in. 98°F (2009) 55°F (1981)

The highest recorded temperature was 103°F in September of 1921.

September is the 4th hottest month and 4th wettest month.  It begins as a rainy month and ends relatively quiet, except when there’s a tropical storm in the area.

Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your September trip?

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your September trip?

Updated at the first of each month!

Special  Events at Walt Disney World

Do you need a great map that includes attractions, restaurants, Fastpass kiosks and characters?

Typical Best Days to Go

Magic Kingdom: Tuesday and Friday
Epcot: Monday and Thursday
Hollywood Studios: Sunday, Tuesday and Friday
Animal Kingdom: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Click on an image for a full sized view.  BE SURE TO PRINT IN LANDSCAPE MODE!

September 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar Park Hours KennythePirate
Continue reading KennythePirate’s September Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ booking dates

KennythePirate’s August Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

August 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ Booking Windows and Best Times to Visit Disney World

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Updated 7/7/14

August is still insanely hot and rainy.  It’s the second wettest month historically, so expect an afternoon thunderstorm most days of your vacation.  I know it’s known as the “Sunshine State,” but that is just a marketing ploy.  It rains often here, especially in the summer.  The first week and a half of August  is end of the busy summer travel season at Walt Disney World, so the parks are quite crowded initially.  The parks begin to lighten around the 10th and will continue with moderate crowds until around August 24.  The last week of August is the best time to visit Walt Disney World in the summer season, if you children haven’t started school or you are willing to allow them to miss time.  September is the preferred month as far as crowds are concerned and is among the best times to visit.  Regardless of the times you can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my TOURING PLANS to get the most out of your day (more plans coming soon!)

There’s no special events or special entertainment in the month of August at the Disney Parks, so just enjoy the regular stuff and the time with your family.

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

What will the weather be like during your September trip?

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
Aug 92°F 73°F 83°F 7.71 in. 100°F (1961) 64°F (2000)

August  is the second hottest average month and 2nd rainiest in Orlando.  If you factor in the humidity, it can feel almost unbearable in the mid-afternoon.

Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your August trip?

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your August trip?

Updated at the first of each month!

Special  Events at Walt Disney World

Do you need a great map that includes attractions, restaurants, Fastpass kiosks and characters?

Typical Best Days to Go

Magic Kingdom: Tuesday and Wednesday
Epcot: Monday and Thursday
Hollywood Studios: Sunday, Tuesday and Friday
Animal Kingdom: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Click on an image for a full sized view.  Be sure to print in landscape mode!

August 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar Park Hours KennythePirate

Continue reading KennythePirate’s August Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

KennythePirate’s July Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

KennythePirate’s July Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

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July is right in the middle of the summer travel season at Walt Disney World, so the crowd calendar is basically Orange the whole month, except the first week of the month.  The 4th of July week is the busiest summer week with large crowds and long lines..  You can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my TOURING PLANS to get the most out of your day (more plans coming soon!)

I would recommend seeing the Magic Kingdom July 4th Fireworks on July 3rd and the Hollywood Studios fireworks on July 4th.  You can also view the Magic Kingdom July 4th Fireworks at the Polynesian Resort or Transportation and Ticket Center.

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

What will the weather be like during your July trip?

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
Jul 92°F 73°F 83°F 7.05 in. 101°F (1980) 62°F (1984)

July is the hottest average month and 3rd rainiest in Orlando.  If you factor in the humidity, it can feel almost unbearable in the mid-afternoon.

Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.

Should I use Extra Magic Hours privilege?

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit, if you leave after lunch or parade time.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines (Hollywood Studios and Epcot).  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays

What attractions will be CLOSED for refurbishment during your July trip?

Do you need to know what activities will take place at your Disney World during your July trip?

Special  Events at Walt Disney World

  • Frozen Summer of Fun Live!  Hollywood Studios – July 4-31

Do you need a great map that includes attractions, restaurants, Fastpass kiosks and characters?

Typical Best Days to Go

Magic Kingdom: Tuesday and Wednesday
Epcot: Monday and Thursday
Hollywood Studios: Sunday, Tuesday and Friday
Animal Kingdom: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

 

To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Click on an image for full size view.  Be sure to print in landscape mode!

July 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar Park Hours KennythePirate Continue reading KennythePirate’s July Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

KennythePirate’s June Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

June 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ Booking Window and Best Times to Visit Disney World

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Updated 5/13/14

June begins the busy 2014 summer season at Walt Disney World, so the crowd calendar is basically Orange the whole month, except the last week of the month when it’s leading into the July 4th week, which is a red season.  You can still enjoy the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my touring plans to get the most out of your day (more plans coming soon!)

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

It still gets hot in May, especially later in the month, with an average high of 89 and average low of 65, and it gets humid in Orlando.  Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.  May is in about the middle of the range in terms of rain.

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
May 89°F 65°F 77°F 3.10 in. 100°F (1967) 47°F (1992)

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines.  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays
To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Click on an image for a full sized view.  Be sure to print in landscape mode!

June 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar Park Hours  KennythePirate Continue reading KennythePirate’s June Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

KennythePirate’s May Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates

May 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar, Fastpass+ and Dining Booking Window and Best Times to Visit Disney World

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Updated 5/13/14

May begins as a vey light and pleasant month.  The weather isn’t very hot yet and it rains occasionally, but not consistently.  The first two weeks of May are a great time to visit for lower crowds and beautiful flowers.  Early May 2014 is among the best times to visit Disney World in terms of crowds and weather.  Star Wars Weekends begin mid-month and create large crowds for Hollywood Studios.   Late May begins the Summer travel season with the Memorial Day Weekend kickoff and the calendar gets busier for summer 2014.

If you’re planning to attend the 24 Magic Kingdom day on May 23rd, I recommend going early in the day or after midnight.  Most crowds will be around after school until around 2am.

You can enjoy any day in the parks by going to a green park, arriving at least 45 minutes before rope drop and following one of my touring plans to get the most out of your day.

I recommend the strategy of arriving early and taking a mid-afternoon break.  Go for a swim with the kids and enjoy the pool, then take a nap of an hour or so before returning to a park for evening entertainment and rides.

It can still get hot, with an average high of 89 and average low of 65, and humid in Orlando in May.  Dress in light colors and wear comfortable shoes with socks that breathe.  Bring a small, handheld fan for each child.  Bring a poncho for each person and a stroller cover because there’s often afternoon thunderstorms in the summer.  May is about in the middle in terms of average rain.

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Mean Avg.
Precip
Record
High
Record
Low
May 89°F 65°F 77°F 3.10 in. 100°F (1967) 47°F (1992)

Avoid the trap of visiting a park on its longest hours day.  More people will be there and the wait times can be 30% to 100% higher than other days.

What attractions are actually open for Extra Magic Hours at Disney World?

If you are planning to use Extra Magic Hours, use the morning ones, they are a great benefit.  Avoid the parks that offer evening Extra Magic Hours because they have large crowds at night and many rides have long lines.  The exception would be the Magic Kingdom late at night because most guests won’t stay up from 1am to 3am in the morning.  If you choose a Late Extra Magic Hour park, you should plan to sleep in the next day.

What are the hours for Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil?

  • Disney Quest – 11:30am to 10pm Daily
  • Cirque du Soleil – 6:00pm & 9:00pm Tuesday-Saturdays
To read the crowd aspect, follow the DATE at the top!
Lowest Crowds
Low Crowds /
Best Park
Moderate Crowds
Busy Crowds
Insane Crowds / Worst Park

Click on an image for a full sized view.  be sure to print in landscape mode!

May 2014 Walt Disney World Park Hours KennythePirate Continue reading KennythePirate’s May Walt Disney World Crowd Calendar with Dining and Fastpass+ Booking Dates