In late January 2024, Walt Disney World Resort is extending the operating hours for two of its most iconic parks, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This update provides visitors with more time to enjoy these beloved attractions and create lasting memories. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a solo adventure, these extended hours offer ample opportunities for fun and exploration.
Magic Kingdom, the heart and soul of Walt Disney World Resort, is a must-visit destination for Disney enthusiasts of all ages. With its iconic Cinderella Castle as the centerpiece, this park offers an enchanting experience filled with classic attractions, whimsical characters, and captivating entertainment.
During the late January extension, Magic Kingdom will open at 9 a.m. every day from January 21 to 27. Previously scheduled to close at 9 p.m., guests can now enjoy an extra hour or two in the park. On select dates, such as January 21, 26, and 27, Magic Kingdom will stay open until 11 p.m., allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the magic for even longer.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For nature lovers and animal enthusiasts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect park to explore. This immersive experience combines entertainment, education, and conservation efforts to showcase the wonders of the animal kingdom. From thrilling rides and live shows to close encounters with exotic wildlife, this park promises an unforgettable adventure.
During the late January extension, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open at 8 a.m. on January 21, 22, 26, and 27. On January 24 and 25, it will open at 9 a.m. Guests can enjoy an extra hour in the park as it will now close at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 6 p.m.
Plan Your Visit
If you’re planning a visit to Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom this month, be sure to take advantage of these extended hours. Arrive early to make the most of your day and experience the park’s popular attractions before the crowds arrive. Consider using FastPass+ to minimize wait times for rides and shows.
Remember to check the official Walt Disney World Resort website or consult with a travel professional for the most up-to-date information on park hours, events, and ticket availability. With careful planning and an open mind, you’ll create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Walt Disney World Resort’s decision to extend the operating hours for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late January 2024 provides visitors with more opportunities to enjoy these beloved parks. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Disney enthusiast, these extended hours allow for a more relaxed and immersive experience. Plan your visit accordingly and take advantage of this special opportunity to create magical memories at the happiest place on earth.
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Rachel Van Norman
Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.