Operating Hours for Select Animal Kingdom Attractions Reduced

By: Amy Kawa

The operating hours for select Animal Kingdom attractions have been reduced through the end of the year.  The Animal Kingdom was never meant to be open until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.  It was always said that the park would close earlier than traditional Disney parks because of the integrity and safety of the animals. However, the park has become similar to all other Disney theme parks in that nighttime offerings have become the norm.  Disney now seems to be taking a step back in terms of operating hours (likely for budgetary reasons) and cutting back the operating hours for select attractions:

  • Kilimanjaro Safari is now closing at 7:45 p.m. and will move to a 6:30 p.m. closing beginning in November.
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek is delaying opening until 10 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.
  • Kali River Rapids and DINOSAUR are opening at 9:30 a.m. and closing earlier at 7:30 p.m.
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is opening later at 9:30 a.m. and closing early at 4:30 p.m.

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