Extended Evening Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom continue into late November

20 days ago in "Early Theme Parks Entry and Extended Evening Hours"

Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2023 9:43am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Extended Evening Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be more than a one-night-only event at Walt Disney World this November.

The latest calendar update includes Extended Evening Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom on November 22, 2023 in addition to the previously announced November 8 date. Event times for both dates is 7pm to 9pm.

Although Extended Evening Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom is confirmed, Disney has yet to provide a list of attractions available during the event.

Extended Evening Hours is a benefit for guests staying at Walt Disney World deluxe hotels, and offers 2 hours of additional park time after regular close.

Disney recently expanded the benefit beyond EPCOT and Magic Kingdom with several evenings at Disney's Hollywood Studios on September 30, October 5, October 11, October 19 and October 25, 2023. Extended Evening Hours are on hold at Magic Kingdom as the park enter the seasonal hard ticket event period.

Walt Disney World Extended Evening Hours Participating Hotels

Disney Deluxe Resorts

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney's Beach Club Villas
  • Disney's BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Other Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green on Walt Disney World

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ToTBellHop1 day ago

If Rise did not rise to the occasion, hims can help.

Touchdown1 day ago

I’m just planning on doing Rise right after Fantasmic before the park closes in a few weeks. That way I can end my night on Sunset with a ToT marathon.

nickys1 day ago

Was anyone there yesterday? Wondering if Rise was open in the end or not.

doctornick3 days ago

Because the parks are miserable because of how busy they are and a big part of that is lack of ride capacity. One of the reasons why Disney parks because so popular in the first place was that they invested in having many rides with high capacity at the castle parks so even though they had a lost of guests, most everyone could have a fun less stressful day any day - even when the park was crowded. As park visitation has grown over the years, the attraction capacity has stagnated or even gone down which exacerbates the crowding and wait in the queues. And there have been complaints in terms of "not enough stuff to do" since day 1 at both DHS and DAK and it has never been fully addressed.

JMcMahonEsq3 days ago

If WDW has some of the most popular and financially productive parks in the country, if not the world, over the past several decades, and 3 out of 4 of its parks don't meet your arbitrary baseline I would love to see where you get that number should be the baseline for parks.

doctornick3 days ago

exactly. It isn't a problem is a theme park doesn't have an overwhelming number of rides, as a well designed one should have a lot of non-ride offerings as well as a balance. But at the same time, there should probably be a baseline of something like 15+ rides available at a minimum in all parks and it is pathetic that WDW doesn't meet that at 3 out of 4 parks(!) - which is why any new investment really should involve a bunch of ride additions (not replacements) to all of the non-MK parks.

mattpeto3 days ago

Looks like they want to avoid MK being in the EEH lineup while they are running parties and shutting down the park 4 days a week. Guess it was just creating too many issues on Wednesdays... Now at least it can spread out the HEA draw to Sat, Mon and Wed.

DCBaker3 days ago

Reminder - Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios begins tomorrow, September 30. Note that Rise of the Resistance has not yet been added to the list of open attractions and is currently not showing hours for the event tomorrow night. Here is the latest Extended Evening Hours schedule through December 7. Saturday, September 30 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios Monday, October 2 - EPCOT Thursday, October 5 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios Monday, October 9 - EPCOT Wednesday October 11 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios Monday, October 16 - EPCOT Thursday October 19 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios Monday, October 23 - EPCOT Wednesday, October 25 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios Monday, October 30 - EPCOT Thursday, November 2 - EPCOT Monday, November 6 - EPCOT Wednesday, November 8 - Disney’s Animal Kingdom Monday, November 13 - EPCOT Wednesday, November 15 - EPCOT Monday, November 20 - EPCOT Wednesday, November 22 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Monday, November 27 - EPCOT Thursday, November 30 - EPCOT Monday, December 4 - Disney’s Animal Kingdom Thursday, December 7 - EPCOT

Purduevian18 days ago

Oh I understand it's not all about rides... still crazy to me that it only has 7/8 rides. Epcot isn't all about the rides, but still has 11/12 (if you count MS as 1 or 2).

JohnD18 days ago

During the day, it's not all about rides. There is also: Safari Two main animal walk-throughs A bird show Two live shows (FOTLK, Nemo) Kali River Rapids Rafiki, which you mentioned So quite a bit extra not open in the evenings.

Purduevian18 days ago

It's impressive one of the busiest theme parks in the world only has. 7 rides (8 if you count the train). 2 (or 3 if you count train) of which won't even be open for extended evening hours.

DCBaker18 days ago

Disney has confirmed dates for Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: November 8, November 22, December 4 and December 28, 2023. Here’s a list of attractions that will be available. Avatar Flight of Passage DINOSAUR Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain It’s Tough to be a Bug! Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost Na’vi River Journey TriceraTop Spin

G00fyDad20 days ago

Bring back the hour mEMH in selected parks each day and then it will be worth it.