I just went to check the park hours for February and the hours seem nuts!! Magic Kingdom is open till 1am a few nights and Animal Kingdom is open till 8pm! Anyone have any idea what all these extended hours are for?

Extended hours are offered to help meet demand during the busiest seasons of the year. President’s Week is historically a very crowded time at the parks and those crowds have started to spill over into the week before and after. By having the parks open longer, the hope is more people will be able to enjoy the parks at various times of the day and to, hopefully, spread out the crowds throughout the day to make it a little easier to enjoy the rides and attractions.


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My love for Walt Disney World goes way back--to October 1982 when I was 11 years old and took my first vacation there.. My first visit included a trip to EPCOT within the first few weeks its gates opened. I have been hooked ever since. I am a wife, mother of two girls (a teen and a tween) and a confessed Disney World junkie and tech geek. I am freelance writer who contributes to a variety of Disney sites and other non-WDW publications. I help businesses with social media management, website development and public relations. I have my own site, and you can find me at and on Twitter at @DisneyWriterMom. In my spare time, I research all things Walt Disney World, listen to music, work on my sites and books and love to plan trips to Walt Disney World for myself and my family, friends or anyone that asks! My favorite WDW attraction will always be Horizons.