Magic Kingdom, Disney

We saw Disney extending the hours at a number of their Walt Disney World parks over the summer months as crowds have continued to flock to all four theme parks.

As fans head to the parks to enjoy the holiday season, Disney has announced extended hours at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom for December 2022 and January 2023. 

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Reporter, Scott Gustin, tweeted yesterday that lots more slots have been made available on the Parks Reservation System for the end of December. If you are hoping to visit the parks over the holiday season then be sure to make a reservation as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

At the time of writing the only dates that the Magic Kingdom is currently not available is December 19, 21 and 22 and EPCOT is not available on December 31.To keep up to date with the latest availability at the Walt Disney World parks check out the Theme Parks Reservation System.

Here are the current extended hours for December and January for the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom:

  • Magic Kingdom Park -  January 1-8, 10-13, 15, 17-19, 21, 22, and 24-28, the park will open at 9:00 AM, with Early Entry for hotel guests at 7:30 AM. It will stay open until 11:00 PM. Extended Evening Hours for deluxe resort guests will be from 11:00PM to 1:00AM on select dates. January 9, 14, 16, 20, and 23, the park will open at 8:00 AM, with Early Entry at 7:30AM. The park will close at 10:00PM on those dates.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom -  Disney's Animal Kingdom will open at an hour earlier at 8:00AM on December 21 and 22 as well as January 8, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 28. Early Entry for resort guests will be at 7:30AM on those dates.
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It is great to see these extended hours for December 2022 and January 2023 at Disney's Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Be sure to check the official calendar here before you visit to check the confirmed opening hours for your selected Walt Disney World theme park for the day of your visit.


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