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  • On Aug 21, 2023
    Marc from ON 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 are visiting DisneyWorld early November. We plan to visit Pandora at night but I noticed that Animal Kingdom is open till 7pm. In 2017, we were able to spend the evening there and watch Rivers of Light. Has the hours changed?

    Hi Marc, welcome to planDisney!

    One of my favorite memories from my Walt Disney World Resort honeymoon in 2007 is having popcorn on Main Street, U.S.A., at 3:00 a.m. That's not a typo. I was actually in Magic Kingdom Park with a general admission ticket at 3:00 in the morning. Crazy, right?! While I haven't seen Magic Kingdom Park open late like that in years, I often take advantage of late-night park offerings like Extended Evening Theme Park Hours for eligible Disney Resort hotel Guests and special events like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. I have yet to attend a Disney After Hours event, but my panelist pals tell me they're a great way to maximize park time with very few crowds.

    I understand the wish your heart makes is to experience the glow of Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park after dark. After sunset, the land is transformed and covered by bioluminescence which leaves a lasting impression. You can immerse yourself even further by getting face paint that glows alongside the native plants. 

    The Walt Disney World Resort Park Hours and Events Calendar is currently posted through mid-October. For reference, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park closed at 7:00 p.m. most nights last November, but it did stay open until 8:00 p.m. some nights. The fact that Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park does not currently have a nighttime spectacular and that the animals have an early bedtime could attribute to an earlier closing than in years past. My best tip for extending your post-sunset time at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park during your stay is to get in line for one of the two attractions in Pandora (Na'vi River Journey or Avatar Flight of Passage) two minutes before the park closes. No matter the wait time, you can experience the attraction and walk at a leisurely pace toward the park exit. It will be plenty dark for some excellent photos.

    Thanks for making planDisney part of your vacation-planning team, Marc. Come back and see us again soon!

    Choose magic,
    Jennifer

     
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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