Walt Disney World Theme Park Hours / Parades and Fireworks Times

Disney World Theme Park Guides Early Entry / Extened Evening Parades and Fireworks

May 2024 Park Hours

Disney World Park hours are currently being released at around the 60-day mark. Disney World changes their park operating hours often. We will do our best to keep our calendars up to date, so please check back often. Report all discrepancies to [email protected].
Reference Past Disney World Parks Hours:
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Saturday 5/18/2024
  • Magic Kingdom: 9:00 - 9:00
  • Epcot Future World: 9:00 - 9:00
  • Epcot World Showcase: 9:00 - 9:00
  • Hollywood Studios: 9:00 - 9:00
  • Animal Kingdom: 9:00 - 6:00
  • Typhoon Lagoon: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Blizzard Beach: - REHAB

What is Rope Drop at Disney World?

Walt Disney World guests who consider themselves early risers might want to take advantage of what's commonly known as "rope drop" at the theme parks. Rope drop is more of a term describing the official park opening as there is not typically an actual rope involved. Often times, there are much fewer guests in the parks early in the morning compared to what you'll find during the day. A lot of folks like to get up early and take advantage of the lower wait times that could be available depending on how many people enter a particular park on any given day. As popular as it is to arrive early, we find that more folks like to sleep in on their Disney vacations, especially if they were out until the wee hours the night before.

Here are a couple of things we recommend:

  • Arrive at your theme park of choice approximately half an hour before the park is set to open that day. Each of the four main theme parks do something different at rope drop. Some do a little show, some do an opening performance, some don't do anything at all, but everything is subject to change at any time, so the surprise element is there too.
  • Have a good idea of where you want to go and which attractions you want to ride right away. It's a good idea to take advantage of booking some Lightning Lanes if you plan to use Disney Genie+, but also to allow time to utilize the shorter lines in the earlier hours of the morning.

Disney World Extra Hours Events

Although not as long as the previously offered Extra Magic Hours, Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours are offered to select guests of Disney Resort hotels and some Good Neighbor hotels near Walt Disney World. These extra hours can be a very valuable use of your time if you're willing to give up some sleep on either end of your theme park day(s). We've found that the early morning option can offer lower crowds than in evening as folks don't tend to enjoy waking up super early on vacation.

  • Disney After Hours
    Disney After Hours is a special, hard-ticketed event that is held at select theme parks on select nights at Walt Disney World.

  • Early Theme Park Entry
    Early theme park entry is a benefit for registered guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and other select Disney-area hotels.

  • Extended Evening Hours
    Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels can enjoy extended evening hours on select evenings in select theme parks. 


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