Walt Disney World extends hours for Magic Kingdom and other parks in late April and early May 2024

Apr 19, 2024 in "Operating Hours"

Posted: Friday April 19, 2024 1:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World has announced adjustments to the operating hours at several theme parks, effective April 28 through May 11, 2024.

The changes include extended opening and closing times at Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. EPCOT hours remain unchanged from the standard 9 am to 9 pm.

 

At Magic Kingdom, the park's hours will extend by one hour in the evenings from April 28 to April 30 and again from May 1 to May 2, with the park closing at 10 pm instead of the planned 9 pm. The first weekend of May will see even longer hours, with the park opening at 8 am and closing at 11 pm on May 3 and 4. The extended hours continue sporadically throughout the following week, with closures at 10 pm on most days and at 11 pm on May 6, 10, and 11.

Disney's Animal Kingdom will open an hour earlier at 8 am and close up to an hour later at 7 pm on selected days starting April 28. The adjusted closing times continue through the first two weeks of May, with the park closing at 7 pm on May 3, 4, 10, and 11 and at 6 pm on other days.

Disney's Hollywood Studios will see its hours extended to 10 pm on May 2 and 3, an hour later than initially scheduled. On May 4, the park will open half an hour earlier at 8:30 am and close at the same extended time of 10 pm. The 10 pm closing time will also apply on May 10 and 11.

In addition to the extension to operating hours, the schedule is now available through June 22, 2024. View full Walt Disney World operating hours calendar.

Extended Park Hours at Walt Disney World in late April and Early May 2024

Magic Kingdom

  • April 28, 29, 30: 9 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 1, 2: 9 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 3, 4: 8 am - 11 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 5, 7, 8, 9: 9 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 6, 10, 11: 9 am - 11 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • April 28: 8 am - 7 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)
  • April 29, 30: 8 am - 6 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)
  • May 1, 2: 8 am - 6 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)
  • May 3, 4: 8 am - 7 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)
  • May 5, 6, 10, 11: 8 am - 7 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)
  • May 7, 8, 9: 8 am - 6 pm (previously 9 am - 6 pm)

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • May 2, 3: 9 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 4: 8:30 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
  • May 10, 11: 9 am - 10 pm (previously 9 am - 9 pm)
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DCBaker4 days ago

Walt Disney World has extended park hours for the week of June 9, 2024. Magic Kingdom June 10, 12, 14: 9am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) Disney’s Animal Kingdom June 9-13: 8am-6pm (previously 9am-6pm) June 14, 15: 8am-7pm (previously 9am-6pm) Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 11: 9am-10pm (previously 9am-9pm)

Brian11 days ago

Buyout.

Patcheslee11 days ago

What's going on June 5th at HS?

DCBaker12 days ago

Park hours have been extended at Walt Disney World for the week of June 2, 2024. Magic Kingdom June 3, 4: 8am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) June 5, 6, 7, 8: 9am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) Disney’s Animal Kingdom June 2, 6, 7, 8: 8am-7pm (previously 9am-6pm) June 3, 4, 5: 8am-8pm (previously 9am-6pm) Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 3, 4, 6, 7: 8:30am-10pm (previously 9am-9pm) June 5: 8:30am-5:30pm (previously 9am-5:30pm)

gerarar18 days ago

There's been a lot of 9 and 10:30pm Fantasmic! nights recently, which is a surprise for this time of year. Even later than when the holiday season rolls around in past years. So you realistically could stay in the park past 11pm. Guess they see a good return on these later park closings and late night F! showings.

wdwmagic19 days ago

Yeah, 9:30pm was the ceiling for quite some time. Good to see.

Doberge19 days ago

Has there been any pattern of Disney not extending hours on Mondays and Wednesdays when there are extended hours at EPCOT and MK? I thought it was interesting to see MK open until 11 on Sunday before Memorial Day but then only 10 on Memorial Day, but maybe there is expectation enough deluxe guests will be at EPOCOT for extended hours? Similarly HS are extended on a Tuesday and Thursday around a Wednesday when MK has extended hours. It's as though it's an operational cost savings to not extend MK on Memorial Day and HS that Wednesday? So Disney double dips extending only one park while calling it a benefit?

mattpeto19 days ago

Hollywood getting way more 10 pm closings. They barely got any from 2020 on…

DCBaker19 days ago

Walt Disney World has extended park hours for the week of May 26, 2024. Magic Kingdom May 26, 31: 9am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) June 1: 9am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) Disney’s Animal Kingdom May 26-31: 8am-7pm (previously 9am-6pm) June 1: 8am-7pm (previously 9am-6pm) Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 28, 30, 31: 9am-10pm (previously 9am-9pm) June 1: 9am-10pm (previously 9am-9pm)

DCBaker26 days ago

Park hours have been extended at Walt Disney World for the week of May 19, 2024. Magic Kingdom May 24: 8am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) May 25: 9am-11pm (previously 9am-10pm) Disney’s Animal Kingdom May 19-23: 8am-6pm (previously 9am-6pm) May 24, 25: 8am-7pm (previously 9am-6pm) Disney’s Hollywood Studios May 24, 25: 9am-10pm (previously 9am-9pm)

pigglewiggleApr 26, 2024

I can see that. Would be nice if they could add an hour before and an hour after for those of us who enjoy it during the evening hours too!

ToTBellHopApr 26, 2024

Guests appreciate the opportunity to enter the park before it’s 90 degrees out. Lions are actually awake, too!

pigglewiggleApr 26, 2024

Man, I hate these AK hours. Instead of opening an hour earlier, can't they stay open an hour later at least? Even if Safari is closed, still so much to do and see. It seems to be closing even earlier this year? I fear in December it will close at 5.