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Disney World Extended Evening Hours Guide

Disney announced some exciting news recently as Extended Evening Theme Park Hours are now at the Walt Disney World theme parks. What does it mean and who can benefit? We’ll break it all down for you.

Disney World extended evening hours

As you know, since the Disney World reopening phase began in 2020, the popular Extra Magic Hours were essentially eliminated from the theme parks meaning all guests could arrive at the same time without any advantage for on-site Disney World Resort hotel guests.

Now that has changed with Extended Evening Theme Park Hours and the morning Early Theme Park Entry.

The way it works is guests staying at one of the Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels get extended access to the theme parks on select nights. That means that you will be able to stay late at the parks and continue enjoying the attractions while all the other guests will have to go home.

Pandora the World of Avatar at night

Disney is excited to bring this to guests as one of the many changes to the theme parks for the Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration.

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(UPDATE) Extended Evening Hours Returning to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster at night

Extended Evening Hours at the Magic Kingdom has been on hold since September, but that is changing starting in January 2024 as Disney is bringing it back.

Extended Evening Hours will be available at Disney’s Magic Kingdom starting on January 3, 2024 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 and it looks like guests will be able to use it for the foreseeable future after that.

The reason for this change is simple. During the fall and holiday months Disney’s Magic Kingdom was/is hosting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. When they are running, it’s natural for Extended Evening Hours to stop for a time and move to another park instead, which is exactly what happened.

My guess is that Extended Evening Hours will stick around past January and at least into the spring when the crowd levels are especially high. So if you are going during that time you should have ample opportunity to take advantage.

We’ll have to wait to see what happens once the Disney calendars are updated so stay tuned.

(UPDATE) Extended Evening Hours Return to Hollywood Studios

Wonderful World of Animation Hollywood Studios

When the new Extended Evening Theme Park Hours originally debuted, it was only being offered at EPCOT and Disney’s Magic Kingdom park. Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios were not included in the list of theme parks to be running the event.

However, after many months that eventually changed as Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom were also added to the Extended Evening Theme Park Hours, but then removed and we haven’t been able to stay extra late in that park, until now.

The current dates for Extended Evening Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are: September 30, October 5, October 11, October 19, and October 25, 2023.

Animal Kingdom Lodge at night outside

We’re excited that Disney decided to bring Extended Evening Hours back to Hollywood Studios as it hasn’t ran there since December 2022. It makes sense to bring this back in October as crowds should start picking up once again and they can enjoy a couple of extra hours of fun in the park.

What we aren’t sure about at this time is if Hollywood Studios will remain on the list of theme parks for Extended Evening Hours beyond October, or if this is only a temporary situation once again.

The full lineup of available attractions for Extended Evening Hours in Hollywood Studios includes:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

As of this writing, it also appears that only EPCOT will remain on the schedule as the Magic Kingdom has been removed Extended Evening Hours from the schedule from the last week in September and thereafter.

Stay tuned for more updates to Extended Evening Hours, including whether more Hollywood Studios dates are eventually added, if it will come back to the Magic Kingdom, and keep reading down below for all the details about this event.

(UPDATE) Extended Evening Hours Continuing Throughout All of 2023

Goofy statue at Magic Kingdom near fountain

Disney has just announced that its Extended Evening Theme Park Hours perk is being extended to select Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests for the entire 2023 year.

Originally, Extended Evening Theme Park Hours was supposed to only stick around through the end of the 50th Anniversary celebration (March 31), but with this announcement, guests can use it at least through the end of 2023.

Recently Disney also announced that it was extending Early Theme Park Entry for guests who want to get to the parks early, so it was only a matter of time before they also announced Extended Evening Hours were sticking around too.

We think they made the right choice as Extended Evening Hours give guests at Deluxe Resorts a huge advantage to ride the attractions with low wait times.

When Did Extended Evening Hours Start?

Extended Evening Hours started on October 4, 2021, and are now available to guests. The schedules are updated on a regular basis on the Walt Disney World website and it typically runs for 2 hours after the regular theme park closing time on a given day.

Which Parks are Open and When?

Woody statue at entrance to Toy Story Lane Hollywood Studios

Different from Early Theme Park Entry, Extended Evening Hours is not in every park, and not every night of the week. It’s similar to the old Extra Magic Hours with each park selected on certain nights.

  • There are four participating Walt Disney World theme parks at this time: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. (Magic Kingdom will be running Extended Evening Hours again starting in January 2024).
  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have Extended Evening Hours on Wednesdays, and EPCOT on Mondays. However, the days do change so don’t assume those are always the days they are held. Hollywood Studios dates are more sporadic without a set weekly schedule. Check the official schedule to make sure you have the dates right.
  • On those nights, those parks are open 2 hours later than the listed closing time.

So far on the schedule, the participating theme parks are:

  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom on most Wednesdays (some other weekdays at times), for 2 Hours after park closing time.
    • January 3, 2024 (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
  • EPCOT on most Mondays, for 2 Hours after park closing time
    • October 30 (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
    • November 2, 6, 13, 15, 20 (9:00 pm to 11:00 pm)
    • November 27 (9:30 pm to 11:30 pm)
    • December 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 (9:30 pm to 11:30 pm)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios for 2 Hours after park closing time.
    • October 5, 11, 19, 25 (11:00 pm to 1:00 am)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom for 2 Hours after park closing time.
    • November 8, 22 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
    • December 4 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)
Spaceship Earth EPCOT

Right now each of those parks is only selected once per week (at least most of the time). Each park is open for an extra 2 hours which is a nice bonus for Deluxe Resort guests and lets you get all your favorite attractions done with greatly reduced wait times.

Check the Walt Disney World website for the latest schedules and times.

How Does it Work?

In order to access the Extended Evening Hours, guests will need a valid ticket or pass and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day. You will also need to use your MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass, or Key to the World to prove which resort you are staying at.

Guests can enter with an Annual Pass (granted they are staying at a Deluxe Resort) or with the Park Hopper option as long as they already entered the park where they had a reservation earlier in the day.

Little Mermaid ride Magic Kingdom

It’s important to note that Disney says that “select attractions” are running during Extended Evening Hours. While not every single attraction is open, most of the popular E-Ticket rides are available.

Merchandise, as well as food and beverage locations, are also running during Extended Evening Hours, though it’s a limited number of dining locations and not all of them are open.

Park Hopping is also possible with Extended Evening Hours, so you can be at another park earlier in the day or evening and then head over to either EPCOT or the Magic Kingdom to enjoy the extra time. Just keep in mind that you need to have entered the park where you made your original park pass reservation before park hopping to a second park.

Which Hotels Qualify for Extended Evening Hours?

Disney's Riviera Resort entrance at night

Guests who want to take advantage of the Extended Evening Hours perk must be staying at one of the following hotels:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Shades of Green Resort

Extended Evening Hours are NOT available to guests staying at any of the Walt Disney World Moderate or Value Resorts.

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Attractions Open for Extended Evening Hours

One of the best advantages of being in the Disney theme parks for Extended Evening Hours is getting to ride your favorite attractions with shorter-than-usual wait times.

Rise of the Resistance landing bay scene

Here is the full list of attractions that are running in each Disney World park during Extended Evening Hours:

Magic Kingdom:

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

In total there are 22 attractions open at the Magic Kingdom during Extended Evening Hours with most of the best attractions available such as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

EPCOT:

There are 9 attractions open at EPCOT during Extended Evening Hours including favorites such as Test Track, Soarin’ Around the World, and Frozen Ever After.

Hollywood Studios:

There are 9 attractions open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Extended Evening Hours including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Animal Kingdom:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • TriceraTop Spin

FAQs

What Time do Extended Evening Hours Start Each Night?

Extended Evening Hours start after the regular theme park closing time and run for 2 hours. Guests can show up at the desired park at any time during the day. Once the Extended Evening Hours begin, guests’ theme park tickets or MagicBands will be checked before entering attractions to make sure they should be there.

Which Parks Have Extended Evening Hours?

At this time Disney’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are participating in Extended Evening Hours.

How Much Does it Cost?

There is no additional charge for Extended Evening Hours. All guests staying at one of the Disney World Deluxe or DVC Resorts are eligible.

Even though it’s a watered-down version of Extra Magic Hours, at least Disney is doing something to make Disney World Resort guests feel special (even if it only is the Deluxe Resort guests in this case).

We’ll keep you updated as soon as Disney makes any changes to this new program. Stay tuned…

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Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the Extended Evening Hours at Walt Disney World…

  • Do you think this is a good addition?
  • What benefits would you like to see with it?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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wendy

Saturday 19th of August 2023

We are coming over next year when coming from England huge cost of flying and huge cost of staying in Disney why shouldn’t everyone paying to stay in a Disney resort get the same privilege as the next person let’s hope by next year Disney will get this sorted and treat everyone the same.

Roberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

So if my family of 15 are staying at an offsite venue (rented house), we are not able to attend the extended hours even though we have paid thousands of dollars for Park tickets. Correct or not? If so, how unfair! Roberta

Ziggy Oskwarek

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Hi Roberta. Yeah, i know that it's unfair. Disney does this as a special add-on for guests staying at the Deluxe Resorts only. While it stinks for most, it's an added incentive of staying on-site and specifically at one of the Deluxe Resorts. Sorry...

Holly

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

I hope Disney changes the extended after park hours to the way it used to be! That anyone staying at a Disney resort can take advantage of these perks. Not very fair to exclude the moderate and value resorts.

marion

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Sounds good to take advantage of the late hours. Bonus is it's ok then to sleep in the next day. ? ?

Non-Deluxe Guest

Thursday 8th of December 2022

Disney is now for the rich. Felt outcasted as we were not staying in a deluxe result. If you want to get in more than 2 rides per day, you have to pay for the Genie+...and the most popular/new rides need even more money with Light Lane. Bad experience overall.