Disney World Extends Theme Park Hours for Christmas Week

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Guests visiting Walt Disney World during the week of Christmas will enjoy extended park hours!

Get ready for an extra dose of magic this holiday season, as Disney announces extended theme park hours for the week of Christmas. From December 24 through 30, visitors to Walt Disney World Resort will have more time to play in the world famous theme parks of the Walt Disney World resort.

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Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom will kick off the festivities by opening an hour earlier at 8:00 a.m. each day during Christmas week. If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’re in for an even earlier treat, with early entry at 7:30 a.m. The fun doesnt end in the A.M., as Magic Kingdom will remain open until Midnight from December 24-December 30.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios joins in the holiday fun with an 8:30 a.m. opening time, accompanied by early entry at 8:00 a.m. for on-property guests during the same period. The park will continue to close as planned at 9:00 p.m.

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Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the animals will rise and shine an hour earlier, with the park opening at 8:00 a.m. instead of the usual 9:00 a.m. And if you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, your day gets even earlier with early entry at 7:30 a.m. As a special holiday treat, the park will keep the magic going with evening hours extended until 8:00 p.m. from December 25 (Christmas Day) through December 30. On Christmas Eve, December 24, the park will close at 7:00 p.m.

Extended evening hours have been reserved for select resort hotel guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on December 28. With regular park closing at 8:00 p.m., these lucky guests can continue the fun with extended hours lasting until 10:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make your Christmas week at Disney even more memorable with extended hours, early entry, and the chance to experience the magic well into the night. Whether it’s meeting beloved characters, enjoying thrilling rides, or simply soaking in the holiday atmosphere, this holiday season at Disney promises to be truly enchanting!

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