• On Feb 2, 2020
    Carey 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.

    I’ve been looking at the park schedules for my trip and am confused with AK. On 4/21 it’s says it closes at 5:00, which seems early. On 4/22 it says it closes at 8:00 with an event at 9:00. I have my ROL dining that night, and the show is at 8:30 I thought

    Hello Carey! April will be here before you know it! I hope you have your countdown to Disney started! Your questions reflect a good planner! We love good planners at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You are correct regarding park hours for Disney's Animal Kingdom on April 21, 2020. The Disney Parks Calendar does currently show a 5:00PM closure time. While this is an unusual closing time, it is possible that the park is hosting a private event for the evening. Park operating times are subject to change so I encourage you to continue checking the calendar as April approaches.

    You are also correct regarding the schedule for April 22, 2020. This Disney-planner is impressed! Even though the park will close at 8:00PM, it is not unusual for the Rivers of Light: We are One show to be held at 8:30PM. Don't worry, you won't be asked to leave the park! You are also correct that you see a special-ticketed event for that same evening. This is the Disney After Hours event at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This event begins at 9:00PM and concludes at 12:00AM. It does require a special admission ticket. These events are scheduled on select nights throughout the year. They feature very low crowds and very low (if any) wait times for select attractions. Another special feature of this event is that ticket-holders are permitted to enter the park as early at 7:00PM!

    Carey, keep using all of those great Disney-planning resources! You are reading them correctly!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan G.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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