New Year's Eve operating hours extended at all four Walt Disney World theme parks

Nov 30, 2020 in "Operating Hours"

Posted: Monday November 30, 2020 10:06am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has updated the operating hours for Walt Disney World throughout December, including extending the hours at all four parks on New Year's Eve.

We aren't seeing the usual midnight and beyond operation hours, but we now see Disney's Animal Kingdom opening at 7am, and the latest closure being Magic Kingdom at 11pm. This obviously avoids any suggestion of a midnight celebration, and the staggered times should help to reduce pressure on transportation.

The updated December 31 2020 hours are:

  • Magic Kingdom, originally 9am to 7pm, now 8am to 11pm.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom, originally 9am to 5pm, now 7am to 8pm
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios, originally 10am to 7pm, now 9am to 9pm.
  • EPCOT originally 12pm to 8pm, now 10am to 10pm.

You can view all the latest operating hours at our Walt Disney World operating hours calendar.

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BaconPancakesApr 08, 2021

Guess a certain someone won’t be cruising anytime soon. What a pity...

Miss BellaApr 07, 2021

I just noticed when they extend hours they also open up more dining reservations later in the evening. Just an FYI for anyone planning and not able to get reservations on the first go around.

RSoxNo1Apr 06, 2021

And where are you going for COVID guidance?

Miss BellaApr 04, 2021

Yes that is the policy.

Bullseye1967Apr 04, 2021


Jrb1979Apr 04, 2021

Ones who are vaccinated fortunately.

Miss BellaApr 04, 2021

Yes that is what they announced. I believe Royal is going to attempt to sail out of the Bahamas and St Martin, and that will be open to Americans.

PolkadotdressApr 04, 2021

It also looks like the DCL cruises will be for UK residents only.

Miss BellaApr 04, 2021

I'm waiting for Japan to open up. I have a trip planned in December and then hopefully a river or Baltic cruise in Europe next year. It looks like DCL is going to start sailing out of the UK this Summer since the CDC won't allow cruises here.

NunuApr 04, 2021

Our borders remained closed for six months (March-Sept 2020). We can travel international now, as long as we comply with both local and foreign destination requirements. Worldwide conditions need to improve for international travel to become available for everybody. Hopefully, soon.

Miss BellaApr 04, 2021

My state has never had quarantine rules, but it still doesn't mean I can travel to another country. Until restrictions are lifted everywhere it going to make international travel difficult. As far as the international trips I have planned it hasn't changed anything for me. I'm still doubtful they will happen this year. It would be good for WDW if international travel was possible.

MisterPenguinApr 03, 2021

I don't need the CDC to tell me what to do. I have my own mult-billion dollar lab and tens of thousands of unwitting test subjects to help me judge the dangers of whatever contagion is out there and the efficacy of proposed vaccines and safety measures. I've determined that all on my own.

NunuApr 03, 2021

It does affect our ability to visit. We (international travelers), have to abide by both sets of rules, the ones from our country of origin, and those from the country we want to visit.

Miss BellaApr 03, 2021

International travelers have their own rules from their own countries. It may not affect their ability to come here. The only travel shamers I’ve encountered are on this forum. Social media is a free for all.