• On Aug 1, 2018
    Cynthia from MA 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.

    Going to WDW Dec. 7-11, 2018. The posted park closing times are VERY early. AK and HS both close at 8:00 pm. MK varies between 9:00 pm and 6:00pm due to the Xmas Party.Epcot is the latest with 9:30 pm. Will the hours be expanded, closer to December? Thanks

    Dear Cynthia,

    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning ahead for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    At times, the Park Hours do adjust as the dates get closer, but not always. It is true that during winter hours, you will frequently see shorter hours of operation, so your dates will likely fall into that pattern as well. When it gets cooler and darker earlier, the parks do close earlier as well. Hours are adjusted for many factors including crowd levels and other factors. 

    Rest assured you will still have plenty of time to explore the parks to your heart's content! I recommend that you plan Advanced Dinner Reservations later in the evening if you wish to stay out later. Perhaps a visit to 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort? Or an evening spent walking around Disney Springs? There are so many enjoyable ways to spend an evening, and I know that you will have a great time!

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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