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  • On May 6, 2024
    Suzanne from Powys 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 visited in 2019, animal kingdom was open until 9pm. We enjoyed the tree lit up at night, it was magical. Can I confirm that animal kingdom closes early each day now? Is there any after hours time for watching the tree lit up? We come September 2025.

    Jambo Suzanne!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm delighted to hear about your return to the Most Magical Place on Earth! There have been a lot of exciting additions to the Disney Parks since your last vacation. Adventure and thrills await!

    The Tree of Life is such a beautiful theme park icon. I remember seeing it lit up during a November visit when the sun set early. You're right; it was so magical! Park hours are typically posted 60 days in advance but, even then, are subject to change as Walt Disney World makes adjustments. At this time, we don't know if Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be open after dark this fall or next. I recommend checking Park Hours online within two months of your stay and then again upon arrival. Once you've arrived in Orlando, you can view park hours on the My Disney Experience mobile app and the welcome screen of your in-room television if you're a Guest of a hotel in the Disney Resorts Collection. You can also ask your digital assistant, "Hey Disney!" about park hours.

    Quick tip
    : When Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park closes early, extend your day with dinner at a nearby resort restaurant. I like Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village. Both restaurants are just a short bus ride from the theme park.

    I hope this is helpful, Suzanne. As your holiday approaches, stay tuned to our Instagram account and the Disney Parks Blog for updates on new experiences arriving in Walt Disney World in 2024 and beyond. My family and I can't wait to ride Tiana's Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom Park! Thanks for stopping by planDisney, and don't hesitate to come back as you think of more questions about your upcoming getaway.

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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