Walt Disney World Releases Extended Park Hours For Spring
Walt Disney World Resort has released extended park hours for most parks and dates through March 19th, likely in anticipation of Spring Break crowds.
Magic Kingdom will be open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM from March 6th – 12th and 14th – 19th. March 5th and 13th are listed as being open 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, while the remainder of the month has hours listed as 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Guests of Disney resorts will gain entry at 8:30 AM.
EPCOT will be open 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM March 1st – 19th with early entry for resort guests beginning at 8:00 AM. The remainder of March has EPCOT hours listed as 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM with 9:30 AM early entry.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios previously scheduled to be open 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM for all of March will instead open at 8:30 AM March 6th – 19th. It will still close at 9:00 PM. Resort guests can gain ½ hour early entry at 8 AM March 6th – 19th and at 8:30 AM the rest of the month.
Lastly, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also seeing extended hours, although they appear to be less consistent. On March 1st, 4th, and 5th the park will be open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM with early entry for resort guests at 7:30 AM. March 2nd and 3rd it will be open 8 AM – 7:00 PM with early entry at 7:30 AM. March 6th – 19th Animal Kingdom will be open from 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM with early entry truly early at 7:00 AM. The remainder of the month it will be open 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM with resort guests able to gain access at 8:30 AM.
This follows yesterday’s announcement of several Individual Lightning Lane selections being changed to Genie+ Lightning Lanes through early August. Many speculate this is being done to give more options to Genie+ users who have reported having limited to no Genie+ Lightning Land options later in the day during recent crowded days. It is clear Disney will be busy over the coming months as Spring Break visitors across the country head to the parks. There are already five days in March with at least one park having no available park reservations.