• On Oct 25, 2018
    Ashley from PA 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.

    I'm confused about park closing times. Can you help me understand what time rides and attractions close? And at what time guests are required to leave the parks?

    Hi Ashley!

    When we visit the Walt Disney World Resort, we like to spend most of our time in the parks, and that means knowing how late the parks will stay open!

    Closing times do vary by date and by park, so there is not one set time you have to remember.  That being said, you can check out the interactive calendar or download the My Disney Experience mobile app for information specific to the dates you are hoping to visit.  Two exceptions to regular closing times are Special Events, which require separate admission to attend, and evening Extra Magic Hours that are only available to Guests of select hotels.

    Other than some select shows and attractions, most rides and other attractions are available from the time the parks open for normal operating hours until the time the parks close for normal operating hours.  If there are alternate operating hours for any attractions, those hours will be posted and will also be available online.  For example, today, although Disney's Animal Kingdom is open until 8 p.m., the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is only open until 4:30 p.m. because of the special needs of the animals you can view on the trail.

    Although Guests will not be allowed to enter the queue for an attraction after closing time, if you are already in line, you will be allowed to wait until you are able to enjoy the attraction.  Once closing time has arrived, you will not generally be able to enjoy any attractions, dining, or shopping (unless you are already in one of these locations), and Cast Members will begin to politely suggest that you make your way toward the exit of the park.  During this time, you can simply soak up all of the magic!

    Have a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!
    -Lindsey N.
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hi y’all!  I am an Army wife, a college instructor, a dog-mom, and a lover of all things Disney!  Planning a Disney vacation is my favorite pastime—other than actually going on a Disney vacation, of course—and I love helping others make the most of their magical trip!  If I am not at the Walt Disney World Resort, I am putting the pixie-dusted touches on my next trip!  

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