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Where to find park hours and schedules

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“I am planning a trip next September. My dining reservations will be 190 days before that. Where and when can i get a park hours/activities schedule so i can choose what days i want to go to each park before I make the dining reservations? Looks like Disney only shows 175 days before which isn’t going to work I need to look at least 200 days ahead.

Thank You so Much!

You have a wonderful page and lots of good information.”

When is the 3 o’clock Parade

The parade on Main Street

What time is the parade? – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Thanks for the kind words.

There’s an old joke about the most asked question at Disneyland. It’s supposedly what time is the 3 o’clock parade? Ha, ha. Funny guy. But when it comes to the hours and schedules at WDW that’s not such a bad question.

Disney changes schedules on activities and parks all the time. In fact, I’ve seen them change the Magic Kingdom closing time at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. (They added an extra hour.)

As you said, they also aren’t very good about publishing times in advance. Usually the schedule comes out right around the first of the month 6 months early. And sometimes it’s a little late and can make it really hard to get the information we all need to make dining reservations.

Unfortunately, Disney is the only place to find “accurate” information on park and activities schedules. Disney changes things so much that the unofficial sources, can only make educated guesses.

The best educated guesses

In my opinion the best place to get “educated guesses” on the park and activities schedule is TouringPlans. The do a good job of projecting hours, parades and special events.

Dad’s TouringPlans page

You’ll need a subscription to see the future dates, but everyone who goes to WDW should have a subscription to TouringPlans.

You’ll also get access to daily projected crowd levels in each park which is really helpful in making YOUR PLAN!

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Unfortunately not being able to get the park hours and schedules before the 180 day mark is not very Magic. It does make it harder to make your dining reservations but it’s not a deal breaker.

TouringPlans projections are pretty reliable. I’d start there.

PS. You can’t make dining reservations until 180 days. But you will be able to make the next up to 10 days if you have a Disney hotel reservation.


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