- In each box of the main calendar, you will have find current hours for that particular calendar's theme park. These are located towards the top of each box and above the blue line.
- Below that line is where the theme park recommendation is. It will read one of four things. If it reads "most recommended", it is the absolute best theme park to go to that day. If it reads "recommended", it is the second best theme park to go to that day. If it reads "not recommended", it is the third best (or second to worst) theme park to attend. Finally, if it reads "least recommended", avoid it at all costs.
- Sometimes, there will be some letters in the top corner of some calendar boxes. These indicate any special events. Common ones include AMEMH (Morning Extra Magic Hours), PMEMH (Evening Extra Magic Hours), MVMCP (Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), MNSSHP (Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party), SWW (Star Wars Weekends), F&G (Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival), F&W (Epcot International Food & Wine Festival), NOJ (Night of Joy), OL (Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights), and CP (Epcot Candlelight Processional).
- Listed in the column to the right of the actual month calendar is the weekly crowd levels. These are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 with one being the least crowded and ten being the most crowded. These rarely change.
- To the right of the weekly crowd level column is the theme park predicted entertainment schedule. Disney doesn't really release detailed entertainment schedules in advance, so these are based on previous years' showtimes but are just guesses and not guaranteed.
- Below the main calendar is the expected character greeting schedule for the particular theme park. These include predicted meet times and characters, but Disney does often change characters, so this schedule is quite fluid. For real time character updates, I recommend kennythepirate.com.
- Finally, above the main calendar are two boxes. The one on the right has the expected weather temperatures and rain, while the one on the left has attraction refurbishment
So, that's how to read these calendars. Again, keep in mind there are form different calendars. Each one is for one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. I highly recommend printing out my printable theme park maps (which can be found at this link) all four theme parks and then printing out each calendar on the back of each of those papers with the maps on them. This will give you all of the important information you will want to know for your day in the parks. I might even go as far as highlighting attractions you would like to see and then laminating the maps. To make printing easier, here are the calendars in PDF format.
Regardless of what you do with it, here's the May 2013 calendar images. To make them larger, click, hold, and drag the image up to your address bar (where you type in www.disneyparksplanning.com) and release. If you have any questions or corrections, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magic Kingdom Park - August 2013
Epcot - August 2013
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park