Extended Hours at Animal Kingdom for the Holiday Season! Find Out When You Can Stay Wild Even Later!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is typically the first to close of the Walt Disney World parks, typically shutting the gates at 8PM while the other parks remain open until 9 or 10. It seems Disney’s taken notice of the demand for later park hours because they’re now extended on select nights through January 2020!

Tree of Life Awakening for Animal Kingdom Holidays

Park hours are extended at Animal Kingdom on November 25-27 and 29-30. The park will close at 9PM on those nights. Additionally, the park will remain open until 9PM on December 22-28. If you want to ring in the new year at Animal Kingdom, you can do that December 29-30 until 11PM and on New Year’s Eve until midnight. And for those playing in the parks in early-2020, Animal Kingdom will remain open until 9PM January 1-4!

Holiday Decor at Night

Guests of the park on New Year’s Eve will enjoy DJ-spun beats throughout the park, special holiday treats, and the beauty that is holiday decor at Animal Kingdom this season. Read more about New Year’s Eve at Animal Kingdom here!

Click here to take a photo tour of Animal Kingdom’s brand new holiday decor!

The other parks also have extended hours for New Year’s Eve.  Hollywood Studios will remain open until 12AM while Magic Kingdom and Epcot will stay open until 1AM. No matter which park is your favorite, you can ring in the new year with your favorite characters and attractions! There are plenty of celebrations outside the parks as well, so check them out!

You can find all the details about Animal Kingdom’s extended hours, plus any changes, hard ticket events, and blackout dates, at Walt Disney World’s official calendar. 

Planning on taking advantage of these extra hours? Let us know in the comments!

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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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One Reply to “Extended Hours at Animal Kingdom for the Holiday Season! Find Out When You Can Stay Wild Even Later!”

  1. I remember when Animal Kingdom closed even earlier…think around 5p.m. We were told it was for the animals sake. So much for that.