Theme park hours have been extended during the first week of December 2023 at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom Hours
Magic Kingdom will open an hour earlier than previously scheduled, at 8 a.m., on December 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Early entry for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests will begin at 7:30 a.m. on these days.
The park will still close at 6 p.m. for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on December 3, 7, 5, and 8. It will now stay open two extra hours, until 11 p.m., on December 4, 6, and 9.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hours
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will now open at 8:30 a.m. from December 3 through December 9. Early entry will begin at 8 a.m. The park will still close at 9 p.m. each night.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hours
Lastly, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open an hour earlier at 8 a.m. December 3-9, with early entry at 7:30 a.m. The park will still close at 7 p.m.
Holidays at Walt Disney World
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party began on November 9 and runs through December 22. During the after-hours party, guests can enjoy Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, character meet and greets, and holiday attraction overlays. There are also complimentary treats, special menu items, and exclusive merchandise.
The new “Frozen Holiday Surprise” Cinderella Castle show is performed at Magic Kingdom once during regular park hours and once during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on event dates.
Disney Jollywood Nights is a new separately ticketed, adults-centric party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It takes place on select nights from November 11 through December 20.
Entertainment includes the variety show “Disney Holidays in Hollywood,” “What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along,” and the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacular. A Tip-Top Club-inspired soiree is held in the courtyard of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. Several party-exclusive food and beverage options are also available, read our full guide to them here.
The roaming Merry Menagerie puppets have returned to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays featuring holiday kitchens, storytellers, and the Candlelight Processional will run from November 24 to December 30, 2023.
At Disney Springs, guests can enjoy a Christmas Tree Stroll featuring new trees inspired by “Wish” and Disney Vacation Club. A new roaming character named Douglas Fir is a walking, moving tree.
Also, check out the full lineup of 2023 gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Victorian-style gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.