• On Sep 15, 2016
    Mj from GA 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.

    Our trip is a set for December. We have dinning reservations at beaches at 6:30 & yak and yeti at 4:30. Looking at the park closing times one is 7:00 the other is 5:00 will this be a problem with us being in the park after hours?

    Hey, MJ! When we have visited Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, my family has often made an Advance Dining Reservation as late as possible so we could maximize our time in the park. We have never had an issue being in the park after it closed; in fact, we find it to be the most practically perfect way to end our day there! Once we finish our meal, we always stroll out of the park slowly, soaking up as much of the ambiance as possible and taking amazing pictures along the way. We have never felt rushed during the meal or even during our exit. If you are using Disney transportation to head back to your Resort hotel, you are sure to find one waiting to escort you to your Disney home. Be sure to keep an eye on the park hours, as they often change, particularly the closer you get to December.

    One thing I would like to cover with you, MJ, is the Beaches Advance Dining Reservation you mentioned. I believe this may be Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, which can be found at Disney's Beach Club Resort. I didn't want you to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios or Epcot and not be able to find your dining location! On the evening of your visit, you can either walk or take the FriendShip boat launch back and forth from either of these parks to the resort. You will find the dining location along the resort side of the feature pool. You should complete your meal there before Epcot closes for the evening, so you could walk back through that park to exit if you desire, or you could head back to Disney's Hollywood Studios for your transportation home.

    I hope this information helps you plan your evenings a little better, MJ! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    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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