Guests Cause Disney World to Change Park Operations, Effective This May

Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort this May, you should be aware of changes.

Cinderella Castle with Storm Clouds

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There’s nothing more magical than planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park are all open and ready to welcome Guests on a daily basis. In addition, the shopping and dining district, Disney Springs, is open and running with hundreds of shops, dining, and entertainment options for Guests to enjoy.

With so many Disney World Guests visiting, it should be no surprise that Disney has to make changes to improve its overall operations.

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Recently, Disney updated its Park Hours for the month of May, and we can see that there have been some notable changes at three different theme parks.

Magic Kingdom Park will continue to open at 9:00 a.m. every morning, but the Disney Park will now close at 11:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8 and Friday, May 12, in anticipation of larger crowds.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will now open an hour early, at 8:00 a.m., on Sunday, May 7 and Saturday, May 13.

The biggest change is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will now close at 9:30 p.m. from May 7 through May 13. The Disney Park initially closed at 9:00 p.m., but this will give Guests an extra half-hour to enjoy the theme park.

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

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For now, no other changes have been announced.

If you’re planning to visit any of these Disney theme parks in the month of May, you should already know about the Disney Park Reservation systemTo enter a theme park, all Guests ages 3 and older must have a theme park reservation in addition to valid admission for the same park on the same date. At this time a theme park reservation is not required to visit a water park, however, theme park reservation requirements are subject to change.

Annual Passholders at Disney World also need a reservation to enter a theme park, but they can now Park-Hop without booking a reservation after 2:00 p.m., though it should be noted that if you have blackout dates on your pass, those still apply.

For the latest on Disney World’s theme park hours, please visit the official Disney website.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.