• On Dec 6, 2017
    Ariel from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    When do parks stop letting people park hop before closing? Right at closing time or 15 or 30 minutes before closing?

    Hi, Ariel!

    You and I would get along beautifully! I am just like you when I travel - try to squeeze in every last minute of magic possible!

    I have never seen an exact time posted of how close to closing you can enter a park, but I personally have entered Disney's Animal Kingdom with just 30 minutes left until closing. My family and I ran in, got in a quick ride on Dinosaur, then headed back out. Because we were on vacation, so why not!

    Remember that if you are in a park or entering a park during Extra Magic Hours, you will need to scan your MagicBand to show you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel. If you are coming from a different theme park, you will need the Park Hopper option on your theme park ticket to enter a different park in the same day. Besides that, go for it and enjoy all the time you can in the parks! 

    I suggest downloading the My Disney Experience app on your smart phone so you can keep up to date with park hours, ride wait times, and manage your FastPass+ selections. This way you do not miss a minute of the magical fun happening all around Walt Disney World. Enjoy!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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