Disney World Adds Extra Theme Park Hours This Holiday Season

From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato

Walt Disney World has seen many changes following the resort’s reopening after its temporary closure due to the pandemic. Specifically, this past month when the Disney Parks saw a reduction in its hours of operations. However, beginning this December, extra time for magic will return!

When looking at the Walt Disney World hours of operations calendar, Magic Kingdom’s current hours range from (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.), Epcot (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). However, beginning December 1, guests to these parks can expect at least an extra hour at one of the Disney Parks.

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Dec. 1-5: The park will open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.


Dec. 1-5: The park will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

Disney Hollywood Studios

Nov. 1-Dec. 6: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The park’s hours will remain the same during the holidays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disney Springs

Nov. 1-Dec. 31: The retail and retail complex will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to let Mouse House fans get all their shopping done.

Disney World Holidays
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As we’ve previously shared, all holiday after-hour events, including Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, have both been canceled for the 2020 calendar year. However, Magic Kingdom is still planning to decorate around its Main Street U.S.A in both fall and Christmas decorations throughout the rest of the year. (To read more about some of these decorations, be sure to refer to our past coverage.)

In addition to these changes due to the pandemic, Walt Disney World has also not seen the return of its Extra Magic Hours, which in the past, were extra hours in the morning or at the end of the day that were exclusive to guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels and select off-property hotels.

What are your thoughts of the Disney World Park hours staying open later again beginning this December? Let us know in the comments! 

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