• On Oct 29, 2019
    Alison from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This coming December I will have one day during a business trip to visit the Magic Kingdom. The only day I have free is Monday December 2nd. Looking at the park hours that day I see the park is only open 9:00am-4:30pm. Any idea why such a short day?

    Hi Alison,

    I love hearing that you're going to be able to squeeze in a bit of magic and fun at the Walt Disney World Resort during a business trip. That's what I call really whistling while you work!

    In looking at the official calendar, you are correct that Magic Kingdom Park is scheduled to close at 4:30 p.m. on December 2nd this year. This could be for a private event of some sort, or I know that when I was enjoying all of the holiday festivities around that same time a couple of years ago, Magic Kingdom Park closed early one evening for a Cast Member appreciation event. Perhaps Mickey Mouse has something up his sleeve again this year to thank all of the folks who make the magic happen every day? I haven't seen any official announcements about that particular evening, so we can't know for sure.

    If that's your only day to enjoy "The Most Magical Place on Earth," I wouldn't let an early closure stop you. Crowds will likely be much smaller that day, so you'll be able to enjoy lots of wonderful attractions and experiences, plus there's fun to be had all around the Resort! If you have a Park Hopper Option ticket, you could hop over to one of the other theme parks for the evening, or you could plan a magical dinner at one of the gorgeously decked-out Disney Resort hotels. I know my family loves touring the Resort hotels during the holiday season just to see all of the festive decorations. Some of my favorites are Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Disney's Beach Club Resort. Disney Springs really gets in the spirit, too, with several fun holiday events. I especially love the Christmas Tree Trail!

    Thanks so much for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Alison, and please let us know if we can help with anything else as you're planning your perfect Disney day! I hope that you have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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