Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Oct 5, 2012
    Cara 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.

    We will be visiting in December 2013, I know the extra magic hour and park hours aren't released until about 6 months out, but if I look at this Decembers calendar should it be similar for next year? Thanks!

    Hi Cara.

    It's always a little bit tricky to guess what Extra Magic Hours are going to be far, far in advance.
    Definitely, looking at this year's Park Hours for December will give you a pretty good indication of what to expect in terms of regular operating hours for next December.

    Extra Magic Hours can depend on guest volumes and even special groups visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Looking at December 2012's Extra Magic Hours will give you an approximate idea of the frequency of EMH for next year at each of the parks. When predicting next year's EMH schedule, you may find that the day of the week, rather than the 'date' is the more likely consistent factor. I've even been in the parks when they've made an announcement that the park is staying open an extra hour or two when it wasn't posted in advance! That's a fun sort of magical, last-minute surprise!

    In late June and early July of 2013, be sure to visit the Park Hours and Updates page of the Walt Disney World website as the information should be posted around that time. Since you won't be reserving your Dining Reservations until then, it works out well. I often make last-minute changes to our itinerary and dining based on park hours and additional Extra Magic Hours!

    Thanks for visiting the Moms Panel with your question Cara.
    I hope you'll write me back again soon!

    Wishing you a simply Magical time as you begin planning your Walt Disney World vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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