Park Hours

tikilyn

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Oct 24, 2003
I have a quick question about park hours and party hours. We're going to be at disney in December 12th-19th. I see that the Disney Very Merriest after hours party runs 4 days on that week. Will Magic Kingdom close early on those days (before 9pm)? Should I just avoid those days and do another park? Also have we heard how many days during the week will the parks be open late for resort guest?

Thanks
 

eplcreel

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Jul 10, 2021
Not traveling until early January, any guesses on park hours then? I've always heard that they are much shorter during that period.
 

JakeAZ

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Sep 25, 2018
I hate how Disney waits so long to adjust hours. We are expected to plan parks, extras, meals, etc based on hours that will (most likely) change as our dates get closer.

Our trip is Thanksgiving week. There is no hotel / DVC availability. There is very little ADR availability and yet the hours are still the standard "place holders".

There is zero chance MK will close at 9pm on Thanksgiving or Black Friday / Thanksgiving weekend. There is also very little likelihood Epcot will be opening at 11am that week. But, that's what's currently posted.

Everyone got online today to book CA Grill. But it's impossible to truly time your reservation with the fireworks. Will they be at 8pm? 9pm? Two shows??

Should you schedule a later dinner in another park on your AK day because it's closing the earliest? Or will hours be extended?

It's just unnecessary confusion.

At the 60-70 day mark, Disney knows the occupancy levels. They've been doing this forever, so while current staffing issues may play some role, this has always been their MO.
 
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  • JakeAZ

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    Sep 25, 2018
    All the more reason to use a travel agency. They will take care of the worrying for you, and let you know if hours change. :wizard:

    Nothing a travel agent can do when everything is booked.

    For instance, they won't be able to move my CA Grill reservation, on the day after Thanksgiving, if it doesn't time the fireworks right.
     

    scrappinginontario

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    Nov 7, 2010
    I hate how Disney waits so long to adjust hours. We are expected to plan parks, extras, meals, etc based on hours that will (most likely) change as our dates get closer.

    Our trip is Thanksgiving week. There is no hotel / DVC availability. There is very little ADR availability and yet the hours are still the standard "place holders".

    There is zero chance MK will close at 9pm on Thanksgiving or Black Friday / Thanksgiving weekend. There is also very little likelihood Epcot will be opening at 11am that week. But, that's what's currently posted.

    Everyone got online today to book CA Grill. But it's impossible to truly time your reservation with the fireworks. Will they be at 8pm? 9pm? Two shows??

    Should you schedule a later dinner in another park on your AK day because it's closing the earliest? Or will hours be extended?

    It's just unnecessary confusion.

    At the 60-70 day mark, Disney knows the occupancy levels. They've been doing this forever, so while current staffing issues may play some role, this has always been their MO.
    Your thread has been merged with the Park Hours thread as people post updated hours here.
     


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