Disney World operating hours extended at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom for more dates in January 2022

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Posted: Tuesday January 4, 2022 8:49am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The latest Walt Disney World operating hours update has extended the operating hours at both Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom for many dates in January 2022.

At Magic Kingdom, January 10 -14 sees the park close moved from 8pm to 9pm. January 16 gains two hours and will now close at 10pm. January 17 - 21 moves to a 9pm close instead of 8pm, and January 22 gains three hours and will now close at 11pm.

Similarly, several dates at Disney's Animal Kingdom have also been extended. January 8 gains an extra hour and now closes at 8pm. January 14 gains an hour in the morning and now opens at 8am. January 16 - 17, 22 gains an hour in the morning and evening, with an 8am opening and 8pm closure.

There are no changes at Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, which typically have fairly rigid hours.

Disney World operating hours are now available through March 15 2022.

View our Walt Disney World operating hours calendar.

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SirwalterraleighDec 20, 2021

I agree with you and their strategy is distasteful on an obvious kinda level (not your fault)

peter11435Dec 20, 2021

Maybe it’s too early and im not fully awake yet but I don’t know exactly what you’re trying to say here.

rct247Dec 20, 2021

Probably has to do with two things: things to do and maintenance. Not everything is brought back to fill a long day. By the end of the day, when most shows are done and no fireworks to keep people, it becomes both cost savings and staffing fixe. I mostly think it's maintenance though for Rise. They continue to see downtime. The longer hours are, the less time they have to work on it perpetuating the issue.

SirwalterraleighDec 20, 2021

I believe it’s a combination including cost accounting of staff Yep…that’s a stinker. the concept that they ever set 12/26 at 9-7 is just silly…but here we are with “extensions” I don’t enjoy pointing out the parlor tricks…it’s just been a non-stop parade of them for 5 years

ToTBellHopDec 18, 2021

I know. And that was an exceptional case. Usually DHS is excluded from hours extensions because…reasons.

DCBakerDec 18, 2021

With the latest hours update, DHS was at least given an extra half hour 12/19 through 1/3 - opening at 8:30 now.

ToTBellHopDec 18, 2021

Why will they extend other park hours regularly but almost never extend DHS hours?

peter11435Dec 18, 2021

It’s mostly staffing. Usually park hours are set based on forecasted park attendance and staffing levels are set accordingly. Currently forecasted staffing levels are being used to determine park hours and park pass caps.

RSoxNo1Dec 18, 2021

The swing is a bit too extreme for it to be staffing IMO.

JoeCamelDec 16, 2021

They may not have the staff to add. If they worked them hard over Thanksgiving week they may need to have more off after to make up for the extra hours expended during T-week so less available to draw from?

RSoxNo1Dec 15, 2021

Can someone enlighten me on how dynamic the park reservations system is? During Thanksgiving week, the parks were more crowded. The week after, while there were lingering crowds the parks were less crowded. On some of the days on the week after Thanksgiving, all park reservations were filled. Let's say they're operating at 50% (I believe the number is higher than that now, but for purposes of this argument, let's say that's the number). Wouldn't that number be relatively fixed. If it isn't fixed but is a function of staffing, isn't the reason for the park reservations to improve operations? Wouldn't they simply add staff when park reservations are starting to fill up? It absolutely appears that 50% one week doesn't mean the same as 50% another week.

m steveDec 15, 2021

Yes, it's rather aggravating that Disney took it away and gave us a poor substitute.

raymusiccityDec 15, 2021

EMH was really memorable when the park was open till 1am !

peter11435Dec 15, 2021

Yep. Although attendance this year will be significantly less than it was then.