• On Jan 10, 2019
    Antonio from TX 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 see that in July the River of Lights starts at 9pm but park hours has the park closed at 8pm. I see there is the extra hours ticket do I need that? Seems with daylight longer in the summer no one will see the show except those with extra hour tickets.

    Hi, Antonio!

    There is truly something magical about the way that Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park comes alive in the evening hours.  Viewing Rivers of Light is one of the best ways to marvel at the beauty of Disney's Animal Kingdom after the sun sets.  

    Of course theme park hours are always subject to change, but currently, the Walt Disney World website has hours for Disney's Animal Kingdom posted through July 14, 2019.  So far, every day in July that is posted shows 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the operating hours of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The website also shows that Rivers of Light will be performed each of those evenings at 9:00 p.m.  Guests will be able to view the show prior to heading out at the end of the park's operating day.

    On select days, Disney's Animal Kingdom will also have Extra Magic Hours from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  During Extra Magic Hours, the theme parks are open only to guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.  Like regular park hours, the schedule for Extra Magic Hours can be found on the Walt Disney World Website or by checking your My Disney Experience mobile app. 

    Occasionally, special ticketed events such as Disney After Hours will take place after the theme parks close to daytime guests.  However, as of right now, Disney After Hours events are only scheduled at Disney's Animal Kingdom through April 2019.  You can keep checking the Walt Disney World website to see if additional dates are added.

    Have a magical day!
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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