• On May 22, 2018
    Stacey from VA 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.

    Hello! I was wondering how soon before closing will guests not be permitted to enter a park? For example, if Animal Kingdom closes at 8, what is the latest I would be permitted to enter the park, if I want to do one attraction in the evening?

    Hiya, Stacey! This is such a great question, because I'm sure a lot of people have wondered the same thing, and maybe others have opted not to go to a park because it was so close to closing. I'm glad to answer for you.

    The posted closing time for any of the Walt Disney World theme parks is the actual closing time. The turnstiles don't close 15 minutes early or anything. If the park closes at 8 PM, guests will be permitted to enter until 8 PM.

    A few times, I've promised to pick something up for someone back at home, and at the last minute realized I forgot. I can tell you that more than a handful of times, I've raced back to a theme park, only to arrive minutes before closing, and I've been greeted in a manner just as friendly as I would have had I gotten there when the park opened.

    Quick tip - for some of the more popular attractions, the best time to get in line is at the end of the day! 

    Have an awesome visit.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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