Disney Extends Park Hours for Holiday Crowds

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As we prepare to celebrate the holidays and the new year, we are thrilled to have even more time to do so while visiting Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World has again extended Disney Park hours as we wrap up the year.

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New Year’s Eve Hours Extended

Celebrating the New Year at Walt Disney World is a magical experience many love to do yearly. Walt Disney World has once again extended park hours to allow everyone enough time to enjoy all the magic.

For December 31, 2023, three Disney Parks are seeing extended hours. For guests visiting Magic Kingdom, the park will not be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., giving them lots of time to enjoy the magic.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park will be open from 8:30 a.m. to midnight. The last Disney Park to adjust hours for December 31 is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney Park, which typically closes extremely early, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on this day.

Hours for EPCOT weren’t extended as they were already scheduled to be opened from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. to ring in the new year.

Extending these hours gives guests additional time to enjoy the New Year in the parks. Magic Kingdom is gaining two whole hours on this day!

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Holiday at Walt Disney World

The holidays at Walt Disney World offer so much magic and excitement for guests. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will all have fantastic evening shows to ring in the New Year.

Those who visit Magic Kingdom can enjoy Fantasy In the Sky Fireworks and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, two fantastic holiday celebrations.

New Year’s Eve is a beautiful time at Walt Disney World. The magic and joy are at an all-time high, and guests prepare for the new year together.


About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

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