Magic Kingdom Hours

The Magic Kingdom is the most flexible of the Disney World parks when it comes to hours. Most days, it opens at 9:00 am. But closing time, that’s another story. It can be as early as 5 pm and as late as 3 am.

Magic Kingdom Basic Schedule

The Magic Kingdom is usually open at 9:00 am. And usually closes between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Usually. Sometimes.

The Busy Days Schedule

During the busy times of the year, hours change a little. The park will open earlier and stay open later. Most weekends and holiday periods the Magic Kingdom will stay open until midnight (or later).

During the Summer, the park opens as early as 8:00 am and closes as late as 1:00 am or later without Extra Magic Hours. Almost every day the schedule changes. It even changes during the day. Disney has added extra hours as late as noon on the same day.

Early Closing for Special Events

The Magic Kingdom Hours change drastically during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The park will close at 6:00 pm to all but party guests.

Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours add more complexity to the Magic Kingdom schedule. Extra Magic Hours are available for all Disney hotel guests. They add an additional 1 to 3 hours to the scheduled park hours. I saw one day recently that the Magic Kingdom’s scheduled opening time was 8:00 am. Extra Magic Hours extended that to 6:00 am (Eastern Standard Time, which is like 3:00 am PST). That’s pretty early.

Evening Extra Magic Hours can extend the park closing time by 3 hours. I’ve actually seen days when EMH extended closing hours to 3:00 am. And then the park opened again at 6:30 am the next (or the same) morning.

The Current Schedule

Disney publishes 6 months of schedule at a time. (This matches with the time you can make Advanced Dining Reservations.) To get the latest hours check out …

Dad’s Bottom Line

It’s good to know the Magic Kingdom Hours when you’re visiting Walt Disney World. Crowds are the lightest at opening and closing times. Go early, go late, or fight the crowds. For Dad, that’s a no-brainer.