By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

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Next Week (August 25 through September 2, 2018) at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

DISNEY WORLD NEXT WEEK: AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

The material below details next week’s Disney World operating hours, Extra Magic Hours, parades, and fireworks.

OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/25-9/2/18

The Magic Kingdom will be open from 9a-11p 8/25, and 9a-10p 8/26 and 8/27, 9a-6p 8/28, 9a-9p 8/29 and 8/30, 9a-6p 8/31, 8a-12MN 9/1, and 9a-11p 9/2

Epcot will be open from 9a-9p 8/25 through 8/30, 9a-10p 8/31 and 9/1, and 9a-9p 9/2

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be open from 8a-10.30p 8/25, 9a-10p 8/26, and 9a-9p 8/27 through 9/2

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 9a-9.30p 8/25, 9a-8.30p 8/26 through 9/1, and 8a-10p 9/2

EXTRA MAGIC HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/25-9/2/18

Saturday 8/25 Morning: Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios Evening: none

Sunday 8/26  Morning: Hollywood Studios Evening: none

Monday 8/27  Morning: Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios Evening: none

Tuesday 8/28 Morning: Hollywood Studios Evening: Epcot

Wednesday 8/29 Morning:  Hollywood Studios Evening: Magic Kingdom

Thursday 8/30 Morning: Epcot, Hollywood Studios Evening: none

Friday 8/31 Morning:  Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios Evening: Hollywood Studios

Saturday 9/1 Morning: Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios Evening: none

Sunday 9/2  Morning: Hollywood Studios Evening: none

PARADES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/25-9/2/18

The Magic Kingdom: Afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade: 2p every day

FIREWORKS AND EVENING SHOWS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/25-9/2/18

Happily Every After at Magic Kingdom:8.55p  8/25 through 8/27; 8.55p 8/29 and 8/30; 8.30p 9/1 and 9/2

IllumiNations at Epcot:  9p 8/25 through 8/30; 10p 8/31 and 9/1; 9p 9/2

Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 8.30 and 10.30p 8/25; 8.30p 8/26 through 9/2

Star Wars Show and Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10p 8/25; 9p 8/26 though 9/2

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8.45 and 10p 8/25; 8.45p 8/26 through 9/1; 8.45 and 10p 9/2

SHOW SCHEDULES FOR WALT DISNEY WORLD 8/25-9/2/18

See Steve Soares’ site here. Click the park names at its top for show schedules.

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7 comments

1 Eric { 12.10.18 at 5:09 pm }

Hi Dave, we plan on going back to WDW during this week of 2019, staying at YC and with Hoppers & DDP (free). Trying to plan ~1.5 days at epcot, with 2 nights and 1 morning to rope drop. As of now, the plan is to rope drop during the EMH on Thursday – which is likely the first day of F&W Fest. Additionally, our last night at EP would be the next night. Do you think the F&W Fest will draw such crowds that we should just avoid it? (for contrast, in 2018 w/o hopper we just did Epcot on that Wednesday and enjoy insanely low crowds). Any thoughts?

2 Dave { 12.11.18 at 7:23 am }

Hey Eric, I am checking with co-author Josh, since he attends first day every year to do his amazing reviews! Will let you know when I hear back from him.

3 Dave { 12.13.18 at 7:35 am }

Eric, here’s what Josh (my co-author, of easyWDW.com) says: “No, the first day of Food and Wine is not typically swamped but it will get busier in the evening.” I have to note for the record that no one today knows when F&W will actually start, nor if free dining will be available then!

4 Eric { 12.13.18 at 11:21 am }

Thanks for reaching out to him, Dave. Sounds like I should be ok for the AM EMH. Thank you also for clarifying that about start date. WDW tends to be pretty consistent with this kind of stuff (such as MNSSHP & MVMCP) etc. So I’d just rather anticipate now.
Last, we got free dining via the bounceback offer from our last trip (hence the mandatory hopper). Honestly I’d prefer just a solid discount on hotel instead because I (thanks to you and Josh) can plan very well a full day at 1 park, and the DDP is not entirely worth it. Net Net it’s still better than full price!

5 Dave { 12.14.18 at 6:22 am }

Eric, I can’t agree about the consistency–for August at least–as having the Halloween Party and F&W start in August are both new things. The bounceback is cool, but it’s likely there will be a room only deal out for those dates…

6 Eric { 12.17.18 at 9:47 am }

Thanks Dave. Duly noted about Aug start dates. I know MNSSHP trended earlier but I thought (incorrectly) that the F&WF was more consistent. Will def keep an eye out for late summer deals as well. Happy Holidays!

7 Dave { 12.20.18 at 11:29 am }

Happy holidays, Eric!! FWIW, Disney World is wildly consistent and predictable…until it isn’t!

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