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When it comes to Disney park hours, the one park that seems to fluctuate the most is Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom hours vary due to the time of the year and when they offer Extra Magic Hours to Disney Resort Guests.
If you are planning a trip to Animal Kingdom, here is what you need to know before you plan your day at the park.
If you are staying at a Disney World Resort, one of the resort perks is that you will be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours.
On select days, the Disney parks open early JUST for those staying at a Disney Resort. This means shorter lines and more time to ride all your favorite rides!
If you aren’t sure when the extra magic hours are for Animal Kingdom, just ask at the registration desk of your Disney resort.
In previous years, Animal Kingdom was only open until sunset, but now, Animal Kingdom has been staying home later, but with restricted access.
You will find that Animal Kingdom wasn’t built for guests being there at night as the park gets pretty dark.
Animal Kingdom in the last few years has added a night show, Rivers of Light, and it is considered the way to end your evening at the park.
The only other area that is nice to visit in the evenings past sunset is Dinoland where it is all lit up & you can still ride some of the rides.
You might even find a Dino Dance party with your favorite characters.
As you leave for the evening, be sure to check out the Tree of Life as it awakens.
Current Animal Kingdom Hours for the summer: 8am-6pm
You may arrive at the park before 8am and I certainly would advise doing so if you are hoping to ride Flight of Passage and do not have a Fastpass.