Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Mar 23, 2009
    Wendy from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning a visit to Animal Kingdom in May. On the calendar for May 21 it says that the park closes at 5p but that there are special hours from 5p-8p. Do I need to buy a special ticket for the extended hours? I am not staying inside the park.

    I'm looking at the park calendar for May 21, 2009 for the Animal Kingdom HERE, but I'm not seeing the extended hours information that you mention. The operating hours for that date are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, if you look at the calendar for the day before, May 20, found HERE, you'll see that the Animal Kingdom does have extended hours from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. That extended time is called Extra Magic Hours. EMH is a benefit that is only available for guests staying at an on-site Disney hotel. There is no extra ticket required, but you must show a Disney resort ID (room key) in order to participate in Extra Magic Hours. Unfortunately, if you're not staying at a Disney hotel, you'll have to leave the park at 5:00.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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