Magic Kingdom Park Closes Several Hours Early Today

Magic Kingdom at Night
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Take note, Disney fans! If visiting Walt Disney World Resort on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the iconic Magic Kingdom Park will be closing early to its ticket holders.

With January being an eventful month for Magic Kingdom, including the permanent closure of the nostalgic Splash Mountain to be transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Disney fans looking to get in one last magical day in January 2023 will be sent home early.

Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom
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According to Disney’s theme park operating hours, Magic Kingdom Park is open from 8:00 am on January 31, 2023, with an early closure of 4:30 pm.

After 2 pm, however, Guests with Park Hopping Tickets or Annual Passholders can hop to one of Walt Disney World Resort’s other three theme parks, including EPCOT (Park Hours – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Park Hours – 8:30 am to 9:00 pm), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park (Park Hours – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm).

Additionally, Guests can enjoy Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district, Disney Springs, without a Park ticket until 11:00 pm on January 31, 2023.

Rainbow over Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle
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Why the early closure of Magic Kingdom Park? While the reason behind the closure is not reported on the Walt Disney World website or via the My Disney Experience App, typically, early Park closures are scheduled for special Cast Member events or special corporate buyouts of the entire Disney Park.

Typically these special events for Cast Members or for corporate buyouts offer all the usual Disney Park attractions with absolutely no wait, along with food and drink venues and character appearances.

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As always, we will be sure to keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about the early Magic Kingdom closure on January 31, 2023.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.