Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Apr 23, 2013
    Lisa 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.

    Coming in October for our first trip, was planning on spending the day at AK on 10/21/13 and the park closes at 5pm. How long after that do the buses run? I wanted to make a reservation at Rainforest for 5pm but don't want to get stuck there. Thanks!!

    Hi, Lisa!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Congratulations on planning your first trip to Walt Disney World Resort! October is my favorite time to visit! The weather is turning milder and there are some fun special events happening in the parks like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

    I'm so glad to hear that you're planning to spend a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park - it's always a must-do for my family on every visit! Complimentary bus transportation is normally available up to one hour after park closing time, but don't worry, you won't get stuck there (although getting stranded at Animal Kingdom overnight could be an amazing adventure, like something straight out of Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers series!).

    I confirmed the operating hours on October 21st for the Rainforest Cafe at the Animal Kingdom Park location. The restaurant accepts reservations up until 5:45 PM that day, which is after park closing, so there will be bus service available after your dinner at Rainforest Cafe to take you back to your resort or, if you wish, to another park for evening touring. Rainforest Cafe actually has two entrances/exits, one from inside the park and the other from outside the park entrance gate.  

    Wishing you a magical vacation, Lisa! Please let us know if we can help with any other planning questions you may have prior to your trip.

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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