Disney World's Magic Kingdom to close early in January 2023

Nov 25, 2022 in "Magic Kingdom"

Completed Partners statue refurbishment
Posted: Friday November 25, 2022 3:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will close early at 4:30pm on January 31 2023.


Park hours at Magic Kingdom For January 31 2023 are 9:00am to 4:30pm. EPCOT will be open from 9:00am to 9:00pm, Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:30am to 9:00pm. Park hoping begins at 2:00pm.

Early closures are typically due to private events taking place at the park. We have not yet been able to confirm the reason for this closure, but possibilities include a Cast Service celebration (which honors long-serving Cast Members), a media event, or a private park buyout.

Discuss on the Forums

Follow WDWMAGIC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more Walt Disney World news and updates

View all comments →

Touchdown4 days ago

I thought that was why evening EMH was moved to Tuesday next week. Wonder why they did that if not for this.

peter114354 days ago

No it isn’t

DCBaker4 days ago

Unless there is a change to be announced, there isn't a 4:30pm close next Wednesday at the Magic Kingdom.

Touchdown4 days ago

Speaking of which, what time was the show last night. I’m staying on the monorail loop.

celluloid4 days ago

It was a joke. It is not definite situation. It depends the situation. Someone park hopping in at 2pm could get a lot more done by 10pm than a family who could hope in at 2pm and is done by 4:30pm. Their threshold may be different if they are not willing to wait in longer lines, but there is no reasonable increase in wait times that would make that much of a difference. The for sure is that closing early guarantees that NOTHING will get done for the day guests. It was just meant as a one liner.

Tony the Tigger4 days ago

I’ve seen CM pics. Looks like a great time! HM characters out, etc. 💕 And apparently they aren’t counting COVID layoffs against those milestone years, which is cool. They deserved it. 🏆

jrhwdw4 days ago

Thanks! Should be interesting to see what MK does with Dates later this year or next year when DE is gone.......

Touchdown4 days ago

Nope it’s next Wed too.

jrhwdw4 days ago

Another Brilliant CM Celebration Fireworks Show last night!!! DE's new Intro was added! Is this the only CM Celebration Night for the Year?

JohnD4 days ago

I'll say it's possible but I can't say "for sure". Later hours mean more crowds which mean longer queues. The longer waits hinder the ability to get more done.

JoeCamel5 days ago

Yeah I looked that might be tomorrow but it is warm, not crazy by Florida standards but not a 70 degree day either One of the reasons I moved is I got tired of hearing record......

Brian5 days ago

It was unseasonably warm. Not sure about record, though.

celluloid5 days ago

One thing is for sure, you would get a lot more done if the park was open after 4:30.

JohnD5 days ago

It's the longer/shorter hours paradox. MK closes at 4:30 today for a CM appreciation event so many feel they aren't getting their best bang for their buck and go elsewhere. Those are the best days to go because lines are much shorter and you're likely to get more done. The only valid criticism is no nighttime show. By contrast, longer hours result in more guests and longer lines. Will you get more done with longer hours and longer lines? Possible. But you do get the nighttime show.