If you're headed down for weekend one of Star Wars Weekends 2011, you'll have plenty of time in Hollywood Studios. Disney has extended the park hours to open at 8am and close at midnight. These are the sort of park hours we see on July 4th or Christmas.
There's no indication yet that the Star Wars Weekends events will run any later than usual but we assume the combination of Star Wars Weekends and the opening of Star Tours 2 has forced Disney's hand to up the park hours.
In addition, the park hours for May 28, which is during Weekend 2 of Star Wars Weekends, has been extended to midnight.
For those braving the Easter week crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there's a few changes in the park hours and schedules you'll want to be aware of.
Hollywood Studios will be opening at 8am from April 17th to the 23rd, with a 7am opening for morning Extra Magic Hours on Monday and Friday.
In addition, the show schedule will ramp up for the week to allow more guests opportunities to see various shows.
Taking a deeper look at yesterday's news that Disney's Hollywood Studios park hours had been extended dramatically, I wanted to compare the park hours this year to previous years and see how it ranks. The best way for me to rank the park hours was to count how many times Hollywood Studios will be open to at least 10pm, which for the the Studios is really the latest the park is ever open (aside from New Years).
As of right now, there will be 13 days in December 2010 when the park will be open to at least 10pm...
If you have a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios planned for the month of December, you may want to check those park hours again. Disney has dramatically increased the park hours and Fantasmic show times for the rest of the month.
The biggest changes came during the week of Christmas to New Years, where park hours have been extended and Fantasmic! shows added. There's now three Fantasmic! shows per day between December 28-31. In addition, Hollywood Studios will open at 8am starting on December 26th and running throughout the week.