8 Rookie Mistakes People Make at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

7. Leave Early Just like getting to the park hours after it opened, leaving hours before it closes also cuts out lots of park time (and I shudder at the thought of someone arriving late and leaving early!). Most guests will leave Animal Kingdom mid-afternoon. If you stick around until it closes, you’ll get to walk around a much emptier park! Of the four theme parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom usually closes the earliest, so you won’t be staying till the wee hours of the morning.