Disney World Extends Theme Park Hours in Early December

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Guests visiting Walt Disney World in December will enjoy extended park hours

December is truly a magical time to visit the Walt Disney World resort. All four theme parks, the Disney resort hotels, and Disney Springs are decked out for the holidays. The sun sets a bit earlier than in the Summer thanks to the swap back to Eastern Standard Time, providing more time after dark in the parks to enjoy the decorations in all of their lit-up glory. Guests visiting next month will have even more time to take in all of the holiday splendor, as Disney has extended park hours!

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Guests visiting Magic Kingdom can start their park day as early as 8 a.m. on December 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels will enjoy an even earlier start, with early entry beginning at 7:30 a.m. on these days. While Magic Kingdom will close at 6 p.m. on December 3, 7, 5, and 8 for the enchanting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, it will extend its hours until 11 p.m. on December 4, 6, and 9.


For those who love the wild side of Disney, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is joining in by opening an hour earlier at 8 a.m. from December 3 to 9. Early birds staying at Disney resorts can enter at 7:30 a.m. However, the park will continue to close at its regular time of 7 p.m.

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Looking to revel in the glitz and glam of the golden age of Hollywood? Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also adjusting its schedule, opening at 8:30 a.m. from December 3 through December 9, with early entry for resort guests at 8 a.m. The park will maintain its 9 p.m. closing time throughout this period.

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