Hours Extended at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks in Late December 2023

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Hours Extended at All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks in Late December 2023

It’s Friday, which means Walt Disney World has extended their upcoming theme park hours again. But this time, EPCOT is getting some love with an extra hour on New Year’s Eve.

Magic Kingdom Hours Extended

Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park Hours Extended

Magic Kingdom will open an hour earlier, at 8 a.m., on December 17, 18, 19, 21, and 22. Early entry for Walt Disney World hotel guests will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m. on December 17, 19, 21, and 22, as they are the final days of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Magic Kingdom will remain open until 11 p.m. on December 18 and 23, and until 10 p.m. on December 20. The park will still open at 9 a.m. on December 20 and 23.


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The only hour extension at EPCOT is on December 31. The park will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., instead of closing at midnight.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open a half hour earlier at 8:30 a.m. on December 17, 18, and 19. Early entry will begin at 8 a.m.

The park will still close at 9 p.m. on December 17 and 19, and at 8 p.m. on December 18, a Disney Jollywood Nights event date.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Disney’s Animal Kingdom has an extra hour in the morning every day from December 17 through December 23. The park will now open at 8 a.m., with early entry at 7:30 a.m.

The park will remain open an extra hour to 8 p.m. on December 17, 18, and 19. It’s still scheduled to close at 7 p.m. December 20-23.

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