Do you have plans to visit Walt Disney World during Christmas? I know many of you do! Come see operating hours for each park during the week of Christmas!
Disney in December
Disney recently shared details about what the holiday season will look like across the theme parks and resorts. Here is a brief recap:
However, we can still expect decor to pop up around the parks. Specifically, Cinderella Castle will look a bit different this year.
SANTA AND HIS FRIENDS WILL APPEAR AT MAGIC KINGDOM AS WELL – LIKELY IN THE FORM OF CHARACTER CAVALCADES.
Holiday seasonal dining will happen once again at Hollywood & Vine. I (Monica) am excited to try dinner there for the first time and see my favorite friends in some festive outfits!
A sampling of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays will still happen this year. We can expect Voices of Liberty and JOYFUL! to return.
Disney Springs and the resorts will also be decked out for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the famous gingerbread displays will not appear this year.
The holiday season at Walt Disney World will run November 6 to December 30. More details on all things Christmas can be found HERE.
Disney has also shared a holiday commercial, which can be viewed HERE.
December Park Hours
So far, Disney has been releasing hours on a week-by-week basis. We have hours for the first two weeks of December
You can see December 1-5 HERE.
December 6-12 can be viewed HERE.
December 13-19 can be viewed HERE.
We have also seen an update in hours at Disney Springs. Guests will have an extra hour to shop and dine! More details can be found HERE.
You can see the shift in park hours compared to earlier in September and even late August. Park hours were originally shortened, and then Disney changed them again to accomodate the higher crowds.
Park Hours for the Week of Christmas
The week of Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year! With Christmas break beginning and families wanting to spend extra time together, many Guests make their way to Disney World for some holiday fun.
Here are the hours for December 20-26:
Magic Kingdom: 9 am to 7 pm
EPCOT: 12 pm to 8 pm
Hollywood Studios: 10 am to 7 pm
Animal Kingdom: 9 am to 5 pm
I was hoping to see some extended hours since this will be such a busy time, but they remain unchanged from previous weeks. However, Disney has also been in the habit of extending park hours. The most recent extension is for later this month.
As always, park hours and crowd calendars are up-to-date on Character Locator. Be sure to check it out to get the very best touring plans to help you navigate your park time!
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