Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; sunset
  • On Jun 6, 2024
    Clair Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. We're staying at AKL in August. Are the extended hours the same nights as the after hours ticketed events? Thank you

    Hello, Clair! On behalf of all of us here at planDisney, I'm so happy to welcome you! Thanks for thinking to share your vacation planning questions with us and I'll be delighted to help out today. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is truly one of my personal favorite "escapes" at Walt Disney World Resort. The unique theming, grand lobby, comprehensive amenities, and delicious dining make this one of my family's preferred Disney Resort Hotels. And, I haven't even mentioned the views yet! I could spend all morning gazing out over the savannas with a cup of coffee!

    Okay, Clair. Let's get to your question about Extended Evening Hours and Disney After Hours events. During your planned visit dates, it appears that Disney After Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios are scheduled on select days (usually Wednesdays, from what I can see). This separately ticketed after-hours event does require the purchase of an event ticket and is only eligible for use at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Extended Evening Hours may be available throughout your stay at either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom Park, as listed on the Hours & Events Calendar. As a registered Guest at a Disney Deluxe Resort, you'll have access to Extended Evening Hours on each day of your visit that they're available. In addition to the early theme park entry benefit, it's a wonderful way to stretch the magic a little longer! My best recommendation is to consult that Hours & Events Calendar both online as you prepare for your trip, and through the MyDisneyExperience app after you arrive in the U.S. when you'll be able to access all the app's functions. Schedules are always subject to change, but it is a great starting point as you plan your trip itinerary.

    I hope this helps with some of the nuances between these two types of experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, Clair. If we can help with anything else that comes up in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at planDisney! We'd love to share some helpful tips for a magical experience. 

    Blue Skies and Sunshine,
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