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  • On Apr 6, 2024
    Mackanzi from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to plan my trip to Disney World this summer in 2024. My question is if I buy regular admissions park tickets, am I able to stay at the park until it closes? I'm confused if I need to purchase Disney after hour tickets to stay until parks close

    Hi Mackanzi!

    Welcome to planDisney!  There are so many great special events at Walt Disney World Resort this summer that I can understand why it might be a bit confusing to figure out exactly what the park hours are and what you have access to with your ticket.  Hakuna Matata - it means no worries!  Let's take a look at what you need to know to plan your park visits!

    Mackanzi, a great place to start is the theme park hours calendar on the Walt Disney World Resort website.  At the top of this calendar, you can pick the date and select which park or parks you want to view operating hours for and they'll magically appear for you.  The posted hours are typically available 60 days in advance, so you're not quite ready to view hours for your visit, but looking at the calendar may help you make sense of some of the different options that will be available.  The hours listed under "Park Hours" are the standard operating times for that day.  

    On most days and for most parks, you'll also see "Early Entry" listed.  This is just one of the many benefits for guests staying in the Disney Resorts Collection - an extra thirty minutes of early access before the day officially starts!  For some parks, you may notice "Extended Evening Hours" posted as well.  These extended hours are reserved for guests staying in Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts in the Disney Resorts Collection.  You do not need to purchase additional tickets to access Early Entry or Extended Evening Hours - you just have to stay at a qualifying resort hotel.  

    When you see "Special Ticketed Event" listed on the operating hours calendar, that's a good indication that you'll need to purchase an additional admission ticket to enter the park during that time.  During the summer months, these will typically include Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  Occasionally, you may see this noted for private events too.   

    Mackanzi, I hope this helps you plan for a wonderful visit to Walt Disney World Resort this summer! As you continue planning, I recommend using the My Disney Experience Mobile App to manage all of your park tickets, reservations, and other plans.  If you have any other vacation planning questions, please feel free to stop by and see us again here at planDisney!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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