• On Mar 16, 2019
    Christine from BC 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.

    Why are some parks open earlier or later on certain days?

    Hi Christine! I believe you might be at Walt Disney World Resort as I type your answer. I know you must be having a magical time on your vacation!

    This is a great question! Theme park hours vary throughout the year and can change based on the season and time of year. For instance, the theme parks may close early for special events beginning at the end of August and may stay open a little later during the summer months when there are many Guests vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort. 

    My family loves how the theme park hours vary because it helps us maximize our time in the theme parks, or gives us time to visit Disney SpringsDisney's BoardWalk, or any of the other fabulous things to do outside of the theme parks.

    Are you staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel? If so, make sure you take note of Extra Magic Hours while you are there. Guests at select hotels have the opportunity to enjoy extra time in one of the theme parks either before the theme park opens or after it closes. During Extra Magic Hours, you can visit select attractions, typically with shorter wait times. It's a great way to maximize your time while at Walt Disney World Resort!

    There is so much to see and do while at Walt Disney World Resort and having the theme parks close at staggered times will help you get the most out of your vacation.

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Have a magical vacation!!

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"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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