• On Jul 17, 2016
    Annette 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.

    Hi, I have reservations for Tusker House at Animal Kingdom on a day with 9-5 Park hrs. My reservations are for 5:15. Will the characters be out during that time? I'm confused bc my reservation is sched 15 min after the parks sched closing time?

    Hi, Annette! Thanks for stopping by with your question. Many Walt Disney World Resort dining locations located in the parks will take reservations right until scheduled park closing time and sometimes after park closing. There's no need to worry, as your experience will not be any different. All of your favorite safari friends will be out to welcome Guests throughout the meal. After you have enjoyed all of the delicious offerings at Tusker House Restaurant (be sure to try the Kenyan coffee BBQ pork loin and order some Jungle Juice to enjoy with your meal!), take your time and enjoy the walk to the exit in a less crowded park, maybe even snap a few pictures of your family in front of the Tree of Life. If you are staying at one of the Resort hotels, you will find buses running continuously until everyone has left the park for the evening.

    In the past few months, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park has extended park hours to much later in the evening. There is no assurance as of right now if this will happen during your visit, so be sure to keep an eye on the park schedules and on the Disney Parks Blog for any announcements.

    I hope you enjoy your evening at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Annette! Please come back and visit us if you dig up any other questions as you continue to plan your expedition!

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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