Walt Disney World operating hours extended during the peak Christmas week 2023

Dec 08, 2023 in "Operating Hours"

Posted: Friday December 8, 2023 12:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has updated the operating hours for all four Walt Disney World theme parks during the peak Christmas holiday week.

Magic Kingdom will now have consistent 8:00 am to midnight operating hours from December 24 through December 30, 2023. Disney's Animal Kingdom gains 2 extra hours on most days, Disney's Hollywood Studios gains 30 extra minutes in the mornings, and EPCOT will have a 1:00 am close on New Year's Eve.

You can view the latest updates on our calendar and a summary of the changes below.

Magic Kingdom

  • December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30: 8:00 am - 12:00 am
    Previously 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • December 24: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Previously 9:00 am - 7:00 pm)
  • December 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Previously 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • December 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30: 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
    Previously 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

EPCOT

  • December 31: 9:00 am - 1:00 am
    Previously 9:00 am to 12:00 am
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DCBaker2 days ago

Walt Disney World has announced extended park hours at Magic Kingdom on July 3 and 4: July 3: 8am-12am July 4: 8am-1am Updates at the link below: https://www.wdwmagic.com/events/july-4-at-walt-disney-world/news/20jun2024-disney-world-reverses-fourth-of-july-plans-no-double-fireworks-at-epcot-adjusted-magic-kingdom-hours.htm

doctornick3 days ago

I don't know if they ran Kali late when the part was opening late, but no one would be riding it. the animal trails closed as well. If/when you take Dinosaur off-line there really isn't enough to keep people there even with a night show. Getting Encanto, shifting Dinosaur to IJ (assuming it would be more popular) and getting a Lion King ride in addition to a new show replacing RoL would I think be enough to extend it to more normal park hours - but that's all probably 3+ years away.

Vclguy903 days ago

I feel they don't keep it open at night because the cost of operations don't justify it but that is another middle finger to the consumer. I just don't see the point of these world class experiences if you can't view them how they are meant to be viewed because of Disney being greedy. I am under the impression that this is why we don't have the hours we used to resort-wide.

TrainsOfDisney3 days ago

The times I saw rivers of light the first show was filled to capacity and the second showing had plenty of people. Also lots of crowds watching the tree of life projections. So the park can certainly keep people at night if they want to.

Andrew253 days ago

Park regularly opens early thanks to the rope-drop crowd trying to get ahead of everyone else at Pandora. It's a miracle they can keep it open to 6-7PM, it's pretty dead for the last hour or two.

el_super3 days ago

And yet it's still opening earlier... it doesn't have to open at 8am but it do. I don't think it's related to park content all that much as just regular visitor habits. After a couple days walking through the other parks, it's harder and harder to make it through a whole day at another park.

Andrew253 days ago

The bird show is ok, it's just not a significant draw. But yeah, DAK can (and is built) to run a night... they just can't justify it yet from a financial perspective.

mattpeto3 days ago

Disagree with the bird show take, but everything else is spot-on. They can run a nighttime show, just can't use pyro.

Andrew253 days ago

It's not that complicated, DAK closes early because there isn't enough experiences to keep you there all day. Us fans on here can spend days looking at all the details, but the general public is only interested in rides & attractions... and DAK only offers ~11 decent options (1 of them being a flat ride, 1 water ride, and 1 not so great bird show). So really gives you only 8 options... 7 if you don't want to spend waiting 90 minutes for Flight of Passage. The impact to the park's animals from nighttime operations is highly exaggerated. We all know it's just because Disney can't justify late hours from crowd levels.

mysto3 days ago

I think it's for the animals, when the park first opened I'm pretty sure they closed early for the animals. I know most people just want fireworks and believe the "popular demand" and money are the only considerations. They could justify staying open and have at times, but IMO they hold back for other reasons. ROL was a delicate low-impact show that kept the park open for a few years, but it wasn't explosive enough for the wow whiz-bang crowd. Plus Pandora was new they were showcasing that. They were pushing it with respect to animal well-being during the ROL period and I think found a limit in there somewhere, plus the guests didn't really appreciate it so why bother. I hope they don't stay open late for the new land.

ToTBellHop3 days ago

Dinoland is closing and no one rides Kali at night. That wouldn’t leave much to justify staying open late. As Matt said, maybe in a few years.

Andrew253 days ago

DAK pretty much empties out by 5PM on any given day. It's my favorite park, but there's just not enough to do. Once we get Indiana Jones & Encanto, the park will be in a better shape to have more consistent 7-8PM closures, but I don't think that's enough yet.

Disneydad10123 days ago

Other than the safari there's no reason everything else can't be open. AK at night was great when they had it open years ago.

Vclguy903 days ago

So is it proven that if they stay open late, DAK is a ghost town and thus they can't justify its operating costs during this time? I feel with the rides they have and the restaurants and drinking locations than it wouldn't be that bad?