• On Jan 10, 2019
    Marcy from IL 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.

    We're going to Disney World in spring and plan on going to animal kingdom the night of March 24. The website says the park closes at 8 pm, but the Rivers of Light show is at 8:30, what does this mean and what time would we have to leave the park?

    Hi Marcy,

    Thanks so much for coming back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with another great question! I'm happy to let you know that with the current park hours, you'll be able to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom to enjoy the moving nighttime experience, Rivers of Light, without needing to leave at closing. If the park officially closes at 8:00 p.m., that simply means that you won't be able to enter any more attraction queues after 8:00 p.m., but if you're in a queue when the park closes, you will be able to experience that attraction for the evening. You'll also find that many retail locations and even some restaurants will still be open for a little while after the park closes. Since Rivers of Light isn't scheduled to begin until 8:30 p.m., there will still be many Guests in the theme park at that time waiting for the show. Once Rivers of Light is over, you can simply head back to your Disney Resort hotel (or wherever your next adventure takes you!) for the evening. Disney buses will still be running for at least two hours after the theme park officially closes.

    I hope you enjoy your visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom! With incredible wildlife, spectacular shows, thrilling rides, and my favorite part - Pandora - The World of Avatar (which I definitely recommend experiencing both during the day and at night, when the whole world comes to life through the magic of bioluminescence), I think that you'll have a roaring great time!

    Please let us know if you have any other questions as you're planning your visit, Marcy, and 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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