The Disney World park hours were recently updated for the month of December, with operating hours extended for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There are now a handful of days where the Magic Kingdom is open until 12am and even 1am with a second Main Street Electrical Parade added.
Hollywood Studios also had quite a few days changed, and will now stay open until 9 or 10pm occasionally. Those days will also see an additional showing of Fantasmic!. Animal Kingdom had many closing times adjusted as well.
The chart below shows all current park hours with changes in red.
You may notice changes to our Crowd Calendar involving some of the changed dates. We recently began using our own internal projected park hours to give you the most accurate crowd ratings available. Using these projected hours has made our long-term crowd ratings more stable, but we are not perfect (well, some of us). Should any major changes occur to our Crowd Calendar, I will update this post with explanations. If you have questions, please feel free to post them in the comments below.
One period that will not change is the period around Christmas. It was expected to be very busy as always, and the updated hours indicate that will come to pass. If you are going to be there during that time, make sure you get to the park before it opens and use a Touring Plan.
Another day of note is Wednesday, December 5 at the Magic Kingdom. The official opening of the Fantasyland expansion is the following day, December 6, with the media preview on the 5th. Because of this media preview, the Magic Kingdom has actually done a rare thing and shortened its operating hours, now closing at 7pm. In another rare move, it has rescheduled Wishes, the fireworks spectacular, to the odd time of 6pm on December 5.