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Disney World Extends Hours December 20-30, Reduces Hours In January

Walt Disney World has extended operating hours at its parks in November and at Christmastime:

Hours Extended

Magic Kingdom

  • November 6-8, 13-15, and 20-21: the park will close at 9 pm
  • December 20-30: the park will open at 8 am and close at 10 pm

Until now, the Magic Kingdom has been open from 9 am to 7 pm on most weekdays, and has been open from 9 am to 8 pm on most weekends.

As of now, Disney plans to close the Magic Kingdom at 7 pm on New Year’s Eve, which is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.  There are no special events planned, such as the usual fireworks spectacular.

EPCOT

  • December 20-30: the park will open at 10 am and close at 9 pm

Until now, EPCOT has opened at noon.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • December 20-30: the park will open at 9 am and close at 8 pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • December 20-30: the park will open at 7 am and close at 7 pm

Hours Reduced

While Disney has extended hours around Christmastime, the hours are shorter after the first of the year:

Magic Kingdom

  • January 3-9: the park will open at 9 am and close at 6 pm

This includes an earlier closing time than the usual 7 pm or 8 pm closing.

EPCOT

  • January 3-9: the park will open at noon and close at 8 pm
EPCOT will close at 8 pm in early January.
EPCOT will close at 8 pm in early January.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • January 3-9: the park will open at 10 am and close at 7 pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • January 3-9: the park will open at 9 am and close at 5 pm

Will you visit Disney World in December or January?