Updates to November and December park hours and entertainment

Updates to November and December 2016 park hours and entertainment

Good morning everyone!  I hope you’re having a great day.  A note to let you know that Disney has made several updates to the operating hours and entertainment offerings for November and early December.

Star Wars – A Galactic Spectacular was extended on select nights through November 12, 2016.  The new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM fireworks will begin on November 14.  When you look at my Crowd Calendar, for the time being it just states “Fireworks” on Hollywood Studios, so be aware of the ending for Star Wars and beginning for Christmas fireworks.

Park hours were extended frequently in November and December for Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom received a slight bump in early November.

Anytime a park extends its park hours, it also opens up additional Fastpass+ avalilability for the extra time.  Some guests will then move around their Fastpass+ and like dominoes, many changes will occur.  Always check your dates to see if something is now available that wasn’t previously.

17 thoughts on “Updates to November and December 2016 park hours and entertainment”

  1. How bad do people think the crowds will be in HS for the first night of their Holiday fireworks (the 14th)? That is the only day of my trip that we would be able to see them.

    1. With all the locals and bloggers, the fireworks will be crowded, but it doesn’t affect the park during the day much or any

    1. I’ve not written any posts that it is operating, only that they have done training. No times for that are provided yet.

  2. On November 19th the Disney Experience App is showing extra magic hours at Hollywood Studios for a special ticketed event, for 7:45-9:00am, do you know what it is?

  3. I noticed this morning that the star wars fireworks were extended as you mentioned. And to correspond with it the dessert party appears available suddenly in the calendar. However it says no reservations are available. Do you think they really booked by 7:30 am or that they haven’t actually opened up reservations for booking? The behavior of the website around the November dessert parties has been very odd. I check a billion times a day.

    1. As I stated in the article yesterday, people were calling in yesterday to book it. However, it is really unnecessary to view the fireworks.

      1. That seemed to be about the new Christmas show. I haven’t had luck calling in for the star wars dessert party. Thanks!

      2. Star Wars was just extended last night, it’s possible they haven’t added dessert parties for the extra dates

  4. Any idea.when fast passes will be available for.river of lights? I will be in Disney on Dec 4-9. Also will you be able to see fireworks in Hollywood Studios without the dessert packag

    1. You can easily see the fireworks without a package. I’ll add best location details to Character Locator to help. Rivers of Light opening hasn’t been announced yet.

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