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Have You Heard of Disney Extended Evening Hours? Hop in for a Well-Kept Secret!

by Mommy Frog on February 20, 2024 32 Orlando   Video

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Extra hours to spend at Walt Disney World? Yes, please! For those staying on-site at Disney Deluxe, Deluxe Villas and other eligible resorts, there is an incredible added benefit called Extended Evening Hours. On select nights, certain parks are open two hours after park close exclusively to Deluxe Resort guests. This is an underrated perk that can really help you get more done in the parks. Disney has confirmed the benefit will continue for visits through 2025. Read on for more details about the Extended Evening Hours benefit at Disney World!

Disney World Average Cost - Spaceship Earth Rainbow Lights

Overview of Disney Extended Evening Hours

Extended Evening Hours debuted in October 2021 (along with Early Theme Park Entry). Those staying at eligible hotels can utilize both perks to maximize their time. Extended Evening Hours occur for two hours after park close on select nights. It's similar to the Extra Magic Hours benefit of the past. Typically, EPCOT offers Extended Evening Hours on Mondays, and Magic Kingdom offers Extended Evening Hours on Wednesdays, but be sure to double-check hours and dates closer to your trip to confirm and plan accordingly. The benefit is available for trips through 2025.

Guests need valid admission, along with a valid linked hotel reservation (and a theme park reservation only for those with non-dated tickets), to access Extended Evening Hours. Those with park hopping abilities must enter their first park, but then may hop over to the park with the extended hours.

Which Hotels Offer Disney Extended Evening Hours?

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Guests of Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts and a few select hotels have access to Extended Evening Theme Park Hours on select nights in select theme parks (similar to evening Extra Magic Hours of years past). Here's a full list of participating hotels:

Available Attractions During Extended Evening Hours at Disney World

During Extended Evening Hours, select attractions, merchandise and food and beverage locations are operating. While attractions are subject to change without notice due to refurbishments or unplanned closures, here's a full list of the available attractions.

Extended Evening Hours at Disney World - Peter Pan's Flight at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Park

  • "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
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run*

*Guests of Disney Deluxe, Deluxe Villa and other select hotels will need to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. (from any location) to ride during Extended Evening Hours.

Extended Evening Hours at Disney World - Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

EPCOT

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind*
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

*Guests of Disney Deluxe, Deluxe Villa and other select hotels will need to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. (from any location) to ride during Extended Evening Hours.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy
  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • It's Tough to be a Bug!
  • Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost
  • Na'vi River Journey
  • TriceraTop Spin

Strategy and Insights for Extended Evening Hours at Disney World

Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom — Projections

We recently utilized Extended Evening Hours at Magic Kingdom and hoppily got so much done! We hopped into the park to catch Happily Ever After, but if you are arriving at or near park closure, look for the park turnstile (or signage) for Extended Evening Hours guests.

Once the park fully closed, we were asked to scan in at rides, much like you would with Genie+ returns, so that cast members could verify that we were eligible to stay. You can use your MagicMobile pass on your smartphone or watch or your MagicBand (if your hotel reservation is linked to My Disney Experience), or your Keys to the World card. As a family, we were able to ride Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan's Flight and Space Mountain, all during Extended Evening Hours. On top of the rides, we were able to grab a snack or two and take some really beautiful shots of Cinderella Castle, as well as an empty Main Street.

Extended Evening Hours at Disney World - Waittimes at Magic Kingdom

We contemplated riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but at a 50-minute wait, we decided that took up too much of our precious time that night. However, if you're a family who has been anxiously waiting to ride, the lowest wait times for Mine Train are during Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours. If you'd rather not wait, splurge on an individual Lightning Lane selection for the ride during regular park hours. Wait times for other rides remained low throughout the evening. About half an hour after Extended Evening Hours began, wait times ranged from 5 to 15 minutes for most rides — with the exceptions of Mine Train and Peter Pan's Flight (which were posted at 25 minutes).

Disney transportation will continue to run during these extended hours — our bus back to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge was ready and waiting for us when we left! If you're at a Bay Lake resort with boat access, such as Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness, ask your skipper upon departing the boat how late it's running, as sometimes buses become the primary transportation option later in the evening.

Extended Evening Hours at Disney World - Empty Main Street

At EPCOT, our experience with Extended Evening Hours was a little more limiting. Because there are fewer rides offered, we found that lines were longer, particularly for popular, high-demand rides. The Extended Evening Hours at EPCOT also typically fall earlier than the hours at Magic Kingdom, so more people may be more willing to stay later (for example, during this past spring break season, Extended Evening Hours at EPCOT were 9 to 11 p.m. while the hours at Magic Kingdom were 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.). We still think it's worth riding a high-demand attraction during this time, but just know that you may experience longer wait times at this park!

The Extended Evening Hours perk gives you the wait times from an After Hours party (without the free food and drink). For smaller tadpoles, the late night may be difficult. But for kiddos (and let's be real, adults like Leap who really value their shut-eye) who can handle it, our ideal strategy would be to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry in the morning, head back to the hotel mid-day for a nap or a swim, then head back at the end of the evening to take advantage of Extended Evening Hours. Use that time to knock out popular rides at their lowest wait times and take some gorgeous photos of an empty park!

Have you attended Extended Evening Hours at Disney World yet? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Early Theme Park Entry at Walt Disney World

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 10, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. Michelle Says...

Epcot has extended hours for our May Monday date, but we are not at a Deluxe resort. Can we linger, shop and just walk around a bit after Ecpot closes? We really don't care about any of the rides at that point? I know they scan magic bands to make sure you are eligible? We are at a Sky Liner resort and thought maybe we could just take our time making our way out of the park that night. Thanks

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Jan 25, 2024 at 8:32 a.m. Jeanie Says...

Do you know if there a bus to shades of green after extended evening hours?

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Jan 25, 2024 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanie!

Yes, there is a Shades of Bus after Extended Evening Hours. You can check the current bus schedule here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 18, 2024 at 4:11 p.m. Julie Says...

Hi! If you’re at a deluxe resort, can you still go on evening extended hours on the day you check out?

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Jan 18, 2024 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Yes, guests of Deluxe Resorts are eligible for Extended Evening Hours on days of check-in and checkout.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 16, 2024 at 6:49 p.m. Brittany Says...

Have you ever joined the virtual queues for either TRON or Guardians for extended evening hours? Was it worth it in your opinion?

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Jan 13, 2024 at 1:11 a.m. Shawna Says...

What do you think would impact crowds more, epcot extended hours for resort guests (we don't have access to that) or MK ticketed after hours event? Trying to decide which park will be the least crowded the evenings we are there.

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Jan 16, 2024 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawna!

We think Magic Kingdom After Hours would impact evening crowds more than Extended Evening Hours at EPCOT because After Hours guests can enter as early as 7 p.m. and mix with the regular daytime crowds since they can watch Happily Ever After during pre-party time, versus guests who are utilizing Extended Evening Hours are more likely already inside the park and stay the extra hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 27, 2023 at 1:31 p.m. Terry Says...

Hi,

Do the parks get busier in advance of the extended hours? Trying to work out if we should avoid Magic Kingdom entirely on the day if it is open after 9pm for deluxe guests?

Thanks!

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Dec 27, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terry!

You'll see a small bump in crowds, but nothing that we feel is significant.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2023 at 5:28 a.m. Edgar Says...

I hope that there’ll still be Extended Extra Hours until July 2024.

If we check-in at 3pm on a Monday and check l-out at 11 on a Wednesday at a Deluxe Hotel, are we eligible for Extended Extra Hours that Monday and Wednesday?

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Oct 25, 2023 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar!

Disney has confirmed that the Extended Evening Hours benefit will continue through 2024, though the exact details (dates and parks) are released on a rolling basis in accordance with the park schedule. Guests are eligible on days of check-in and checkout.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 23, 2023 at 1:05 a.m. Jenni parfait Says...

Hi, do you know when Disney shows new dates for exactly what hours will be available at each park each week. Specifically, i'm looking for 2/4/2024 - 2/9/2024. Thank you for the help!

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Nov 27, 2023 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni!

It's not an exact science, but Disney generally releases the park hours schedule about 60 to 75 days in advance. Currently, as of writing, the calendar stops at January 26, so we'd say check back within the next couple of weeks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2023 at 5:23 a.m. Edgar Says...

Were there Extended Extra Hours last July 2023?

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Oct 25, 2023 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar!

Yes, there were Extended Evening Hours in July 2023.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 8, 2023 at 7:24 a.m. Becky Says...

I'm not staying at an eligible resort, I'm staying at sports. But I'd like to stay and shop and get some pictures of the castle during the extended hours. Will the bus to sports still be running or will we be stranded?

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Aug 8, 2023 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

Generally, normal bus service ends one hour after park closing.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2023 at 11:24 p.m. Jenny Says...

We just attended extended hours at MK and the posted times for rides are incorrect.

Mine train said 50 but we rode it in 20 and got back in line and road again.

We also walked on a Peter Pan, you have to walk the entire house line but we walked on - same with small world and Winnie the Pooh - our only wait time was walking the interior lines.

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Jul 13, 2023 at 8:09 p.m. Jessica Says...

Thank you for this info! For Epcot, does the world showcase stay open, including the shops?

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Jul 18, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

World Showcase is closed from China to Morocco during Extended Evening Hours, and not all restaurants and shops remain open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 23, 2023 at 1:49 p.m. Dan Grunkemeyer Says...

Do the crowd levels tend to be busier during the day at the park with the extended evening hours?

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Jun 28, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

We don't think Extended Evening Hours affects crowds too much — perhaps crowds become a little higher in the later half of the day (and you might see it most for fireworks crowds), but we don't consider it to be a huge impact. If you have the flexibility and want to avoid it, go ahead, but if that's your only day at Magic Kingdom or EPCOT, it should be toadally fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2023 at 10:26 p.m. Sarah Says...

If I'm not staying at a deluxe resort, can I still shop at the open stores during extended evening hours?

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May 29, 2023 at 12:01 p.m. Chris Says...

How do you know when or which parks will have this? Staying at the dolphin .. :) Thank you

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May 30, 2023 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Usually, Extended Evening Hours are typically offered on Wednesdays at Magic Kingdom and Mondays at EPCOT. You can double-check on Disney's Hours & Events calendar to confirm when and where it's taking place.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2023 at 1:58 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Will extended evening hours continue into 2024?

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May 1, 2023 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

We'd expect that Extended Evening Hours would continue in 2024, unless Disney announces otherwise — the schedule (dates and times of operation) and theme park selections (as well as attraction availability) are all subject to change without notice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 8, 2023 at 8:18 p.m. Kristen Says...

Is the Disney All American Music Resort on the list of Disney properties with extended hours?

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Mar 8, 2023 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Disney's All-Star Music Resort guests do not have access to the Extended Evening Hours benefit but they can take advantage of the daily Early Entry benefit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 10, 2023 at 1:05 a.m. Anthony Says...

My family and I will be departing animal kingdom lodge the morning of November second and resort hopping to a non Deluxe resort. Are we eligible for extended evening hours since we are still staying the previous night and will we be stranded without bus service since it’s an unusual situation?

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Oct 10, 2023 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony!

You would be eligible for Extended Evening Hours, which can be taken advantage of on your checkout date. As for transportation at the end of the night, typically bus service ends an hour after park close. There are buses running an hour after Extended Evening Hours, but service may be for Deluxe resorts only by then. We would suggest checking with a cast member for assistance if you find that there is no bus service to your resort but also prepare for the possibility of getting an Uber or Lyft to your resort.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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