• On Sep 28, 2019
    Josh from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning a family reunion Thanksgiving 2020. We want to plan our dining reservations based on park hours, but the park calendar only goes 180 days out. Will Magic Hours and other park hours for Thanksgiving week 2019 be similar to hours in 2020?

    Hi Josh,

    There’s no better place to enjoy a family reunion that at “The Most Magical Place on Earth” and I’m thrilled to hear you’re planning another visit and bringing some fellow Mouseketeers with you!

    All park hours, including Extra Magic Hours, and even parade and fireworks show times are released 180 days in advance, the same day that you’ll be able to make dining reservations. If you’ll be staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you'll have the added benefit of being able to make dining reservations for the entire length of your stay up to 10 days at that 180-day point. While park hours and Extra Magic Hours could be similar to this year's plans, you just never know for sure until the official hours are released. I do have a suggestion for you, though. The site touringplans.com publishes park hours 190 days in advance and estimates them even further out than that. While I can't guarantee their accuracy, you may want to keep an eye out there to see what they're saying and plan your preliminary itinerary based on that information. I'd definitely recommend taking advantage of that early booking window for your dining reservations if you are staying on-site, then simply make any modifications to your dining reservations if need be as Disney releases or updates their official hours. Do keep in mind, too, that park hours and Extra Magic Hours are always subject to change, so they could change even once they've been officially released. I'm sending some pixie dust that you find the perfect dining reservations for your family reunion!

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Josh, and please come back and see us again if you have any other questions as you're planning your trip. I hope that you and your entire family have a truly magical...and delicious...vacation together!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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