Disney World's Magic Kingdom to close early today

Jan 31, 2023 in "Magic Kingdom"

Magic Kingdom 4:30pm early close sign
Posted: Tuesday January 31, 2023 8:17am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will close early today at 4:30pm, January 31 2023.

Park hours at Magic Kingdom For January 31 2023 are 8:00am 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, allowing guests with park hopper tickets to move to another park.

Early closures are typically due to private events taking place at the park, including Cast Service celebrations (which honors long-serving Cast Members), media events, and private park buyouts.

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TouchdownFeb 01, 2023

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

peter11435Feb 01, 2023

No it isn’t

DCBakerFeb 01, 2023

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

TouchdownFeb 01, 2023

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

celluloidFeb 01, 2023

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 TiggerFeb 01, 2023

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. 🏆

jrhwdwFeb 01, 2023

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

TouchdownFeb 01, 2023

Nope it’s next Wed too.

jrhwdwFeb 01, 2023

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

JohnDFeb 01, 2023

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.

JoeCamelFeb 01, 2023

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......

BrianFeb 01, 2023

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

celluloidJan 31, 2023

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

JohnDJan 31, 2023

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.