Guests Can Spend More Time in Disney World This Month!

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If you are planning on heading to Walt Disney World in the upcoming weeks, you may have the chance to enjoy some extended hours!

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There is nothing better than visiting Walt Disney World Resort, thinking that Magic Kingdom closes at 10:00 p.m., and then finding out you still have another hour to enjoy the attractions and offerings! When Disney extends their operational hours, this means that Guests are able to ride more attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Slinky Dog Dash, Flight of Passage, and more! With crowds growing, along with wait times, having more hours in the Parks is a huge advantage.

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During mid-May, it seems Disney has extended their hours of operation! Please note that this is not a permanent change, and the hours at Walt Disney World change on an ongoing basis. Below are the following changes to the Park hours.

  • Magic Kingdom: May 16, 17, 19, 20, and 21 will offer hours until 11:00 p.m. as opposed to 10:00 p.m.
  • EPCOT: May 15 to 21 will cause a change in opening hours. The Park will be open until 8:30 a.m. Early entry for Resort Guests will begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: May 15 to 21 will cause a change in opening hours. The Park will be open until 8:30 a.m. Early entry for Resort Guests will begin at 8:00 a.m. It will remain open until 9:00 p.m.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Animal Kingdom will continue to open at 7:30 a.m. through to 8:30 p.m. Resort Guests may enter at 7:00 a.m.
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While you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. By the Chinese Theater, Guests prepare to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always boasts a long line with others shooting their shot on Midway Mania or spinning their brains out on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!

If you want to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there is a ton to see and do! You can head over to Expedition Everest in Asia to visit the terrifying Yeti. Pandora will bring your Avatar dreams to life with Flight of Passage bringing Guests into the world of the Na’vi. DINOSAUR is still filled with giant dinos at every turn, and over at Kilimanjaro Safaris, you can take a ride on a real safari, and if you are lucky, a giraffe might even step in your way! A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is now running, and the show is not one you should miss.

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At Magic Kingdom there is so much to see and do! Cinderella Castle is decked out for the 50th anniversary and now, Festival of Fantasy and Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire have returned. You can ride the three big mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain, or calm things down on Peter Pan’s Flight. Rope drop the Park to get on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then enjoy a mid-day snack with some Dole Whip. Be sure to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the firework show, Disney Enchantment!

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At the moment, EPCOT is now celebrating the International Flower and Garden Festival, and tons of construction is going on! Spaceship Earth now has the new Beacon of Magic lights illuminating the sphere and Future World is on the road to completion. Club Cool and the new Creations Shop is open to Guests as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavilion! Plus, you can enjoy the stunning Harmonious show each evening!

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World Showcase will soon also be joined by World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. The construction on these three lands has been ongoing, and now, we are beginning to see certain aspects of the theme park taking shape.

Will you be visiting Walt Disney World during this time?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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