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Guide to Sunrise and Sunset Times at Walt Disney World

There are a ton of things to consider when deciding when to visit Walt Disney World. You may be constrained by work or school, or have preferences based on special events or weather.

Even though Florida is the “Sunshine State,” the sun still has to set some time. Knowing when that will happen can help you make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation. Beyond that, Walt Disney World has a ton to offer after the sun goes down. Here at The Mouse for Less, we want to give you some of the best tips to make the most of the night on your Walt Disney World vacation.

Guide to Sunrise and Sunset Times at Walt Disney World  Best “After Dark” Walt Disney World Activities

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Guide to Sunrise and Sunset Times at Walt Disney World

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  • Average Sunrise: 7:16 am, range from 7:18 am – 7:13 am
  • Average Sunset: 5:52 pm, range from 5:40 pm – 6:04 pm
  • Average Day Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

January is some of the least average daylight for the whole year, and those earlier sunsets allow for earlier nighttime spectaculars. This has meant that the Magic Kingdom fireworks might move up to 8:00 p.m., and Fantasmic will regularly be shown at 7:00 p.m., Luminous having a 9:00 p.m. show is a good bet.

In addition to less daylight, the crowds typically fall off after the peak of the holiday season, and theme park hours are shortened as a result. You will likely see the Magic Kingdom open around 9 am and close around 8 pm on weekdays and 9 pm or 10 pm on weekends. Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom both have been pretty consistent with 9 am to 7 pm operating hours, and Epcot is steady from 9 am to 9 pm.


  • Average Sunrise: 7:03 am, range from 7:13 am – 6:51 am
  • Average Sunset: 6:15 pm, range from 6:05 pm – 6:25 pm
  • Average Day Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

As hours of daylight start to get longer in February, so too do park hours. Starting after President’s day, you might see closing times as late as 11 pm or midnight at the Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will both start closing at 8 pm pretty regularly. Even with those extended hours, however, the timing of nighttime shows stays pretty consistent from January.


  • Average Sunrise: 6:44 am, range from 6:50 am – 6:39 am before DST / 7:27 am, range from 7:38 am – 7:16 am after DST
  • Average Sunset: 6:28 pm, range from 6:25 pm – 6:31 pm before DST / 7: 37 pm, range from 7:32 pm – 7:43 pm, after DST
  • Average Day Length: 12 hours 1 minute

Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March, so all times shift forward one hour at that time. The most significant scheduling change that seems to happen around that time is that the Hollywood Studios nighttime show will likely push back showtimes by about an hour literally overnight. You won’t notice this sort of change either in Epcot or Magic Kingdom, because those shows will likely already be playing at later times anyway.

Corresponding to these later nighttime spectacular times, the park hours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will start extending to around 9 pm regularly.

Tip: This is a time of year when you are likely to have nighttime fireworks displays in the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT happening at precisely the same time (most likely 9 pm). As such, this time of year could be a great time to have dinner at California Grill, where you not only can enjoy Happily Ever After but can also see pieces of Luminous in the distance.


  • Average Sunrise: 6:59 am, range from 7:15 am – 6:45 am
  • Average Sunset: 7:51 pm, range from 7:43 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Average Day Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

Park hours and nighttime shows are pretty similar in April as they were in March. The variability in hours and showtimes here is more tied to when Easter falls and not necessarily just the length of the day.


  • Average Sunrise: 6:34 am, range from 6:44 am – 6:28 am
  • Average Sunset: 8:09 pm, range from 8:00 pm – 8:18 pm
  • Average Day Length: 13 hours 35 minutes

As sunsets start heading well past 8 pm, so too, with great regularity, the nighttime spectaculars. Once May arrives, you will probably not see any nighttime shows before 9 pm, and this means you will also not see any parks closing before that time. May also sees the unofficial beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend, which will be accompanied by a regular extension of park hours, particularly in the Magic Kingdom, which will shift normal closing time to 11 pm or midnight most nights surrounding the holiday weekend.


  • Average Sunrise: 6:28 am, range from 6:27 am – 6:31 am
  • Average Sunset: 8:24 pm, range from 8:18 pm – 8:27 pm
  • Average Day Length: 13 hours 56 minutes

June sees the longest days of the year, leading up to the Summer Solstice. That takes place between June 20th and 22nd each year. The entire month will see total daylight of just under 14 hours. Most park hours and nighttime show hours are about the same as they were in May (Magic Kingdom 9 am – 10 pm; Epcot 9 am – 9 pm; Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9 am – 9 pm; Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9 am – 9 pm).


  • Average Sunrise: 6:38 am, range from 6:31 am – 6:46 am
  • Average Sunset: 8:23 pm, range from 8:27 pm – 8:16 pm
  • Average Day Length: 13 hours 45 minutes

July looks very much like June in day length, park hours, and nighttime shows. The only real difference is the 4th of July, which has extended hours and fireworks displays.


  • Average Sunrise: 6:55 am, range from 6:47 am – 7:03 am
  • Average Sunset: 8:02 pm, range from 8:15 pm – 7:47 pm
  • Average Day Length: 13 hours 7 minutes

The shortening of days in August lines up with the traditional start of school for many parts of the country. The earlier sunsets and smaller crowds mean that the parks will close earlier, and the nighttime shows will happen earlier. The biggest changes are seen in the Magic Kingdom. The park will start closing as early as 8 pm on normal days (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will also sometimes start in mid to late August). Disney’s Hollywood Studios will only shift slightly, moving up Fantasmic to 8:30 pm and park closing also to 9 pm.


  • Average Sunrise: 7:11 am, range from 7:03 am – 7:18 am
  • Average Sunset: 7:29 pm, range from 7:46 pm – 7:12 pm
  • Average Day Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

Early September continues the hours and timing of late August. After the Fall Equinox mid-month (usually the 22nd or 23rd), some of the nighttime shows will typically move up a little bit in the schedule, with Fantasmic at 8 pm.


  • Average Sunrise: 7:27 am, range from 7:18 am – 7:36 am
  • Average Sunset: 6:54 pm, range from 7:11 pm – 6:40 pm
  • Average Daylength: 11 hours 27 minutes

October will see a few more reductions in park hours. Specifically the Magic Kingdom will rarely be open past 9 pm on normal nights and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will usually close at 7 pm or 7:30 pm. The one park moving in the opposite direction is EPCOT, which begins to extend hours and move Luminous for the first real-time of the year. The weekend crowds from the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival will correspond with a closing time and Luminous performance at 10 pm many Fridays and Saturdays.


  • Average Sunrise: 7:38 am, range from 7:37 am – 7:39 am before DST / 6:50 am, range from 6:40 am – 7:00 am after DST
  • Average Sunset: 6:38 pm, range from 6:40 pm – 6:38 pm before DST / 5:31 pm, range from 5:37 pm – 5:28 pm, after DST
  • Average Daylength: 10 hours 42 minutes

The first Sunday in November is the customary end of Daylight Saving Time. That means all times shift back an hour at that time. The park times and nighttime spectaculars begin the month pretty consistently to what was going on in October, but start extending hours closer to the week of Thanksgiving. The parks will typically stay open a little later starting then; Luminous will shift to 9:30 pm and Happily Ever After will be shown around 10 pm.


  • Average Sunrise: 7:10 am, range from 7:00 am – 7:17 am
  • Average Sunset: 5:32 pm, range from 5:28 pm – 6:39 pm
  • Average Daylength: 10 hours 22 minutes

December sees the shortest days of the year, leading up to the Winter Solstice, which takes place between December 20th and 22nd each year. Leading up to that point, park hours will contract a little. They will then rapidly expand right around the Solstice through New Year’s Eve. This is one of the busiest times of the year. That means that park hours will be significantly expanded. Also, some of the nighttime shows might have multiple showings or special holiday occurrences. Be sure to check your times guide for specifics.

All sunrise and sunset time information based on 2023 numbers obtained from Time and Date.

Best “After Dark” Walt Disney World Activities

The sign for Space Mountain with the iconic building in the background at night and lit up with blue and green lights. | sunset


It goes without saying that Disney knows how to put on a show. Trust us when we say their nighttime spectaculars routinely set the standard for large scale evening entertainment. But besides these fantastic shows, Walt Disney World offers a ton of wonderful activities for you and your family to enjoy on your next trip. These are a few of our favorites.

Enjoy an Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage or Wagon Ride

From 6 pm – 9:30 pm, guests can visit Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Here you can enjoy a leisurely scenic ride through some of Walt Disney World’s most beautiful areas. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ups are accepted.

Guests at Fort Wilderness can also enjoy an old-fashioned wagon ride around the campground. Some wagon rides even offer a view and audio of the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

Check out a Resort Campfire

The Deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World offer evening campfires, often with s’ mores. Sometimes you need to purchase the s’ mores kit. As a special treat for guests at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Chip ‘N Dale will come to the campfire for a sing-a-long! Be sure to check your resort activity schedule for timing and specific information during your stay.

See YeHaa Bob Jackson at the River Roost Lounge

One of the most beloved performers throughout all of Walt Disney World is YeHaa Bob. Typically performing Wednesday-Saturday, Bob Jackson livens up the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside.  It’s an evening of exciting, engaging, and entertaining piano playing and singing.

If you can’t make it over to the River Roost, there is bound to be a wonderful lounge or bar somewhere nearby. For example, there’s Trader Sam’s and Victoria Falls. Find a new favorite near you, grab a drink, and relax!

Go Animal Watching – with Night Vision!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is known for the savannas that allow guests to see beautiful and exotic animals from throughout the resort – even after dark! Both Kidani Village and Jambo House will have Night Vision Animal Viewing available from sundown for a few hours. Check your resort activity guide for specific times and locations.

Want more? You can also buy tickets to a special “Starlight Safari,” during which a cast member will drive you through the savannas. Guests are allowed to use night vision goggles and get up close and personal with the animals.

Ride Your Favorite Outdoor Ride

While there is much more to Walt Disney World than the rides, the rides are still pretty great. Best of all, some of these rides can give you quite a different experience once the sun goes down. Whether it is overlooking the park in lights on the Tower of Terror, getting more of a thrill on Test Track or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or just trying something new on Kilimanjaro Safaris or Dumbo, many of the rides with an outdoor component can feel very different at night. Find your favorite and check it out!

Visit the Boardwalk

Just outside the International Gateway to EPCOT, and a quick walk or boat ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Boardwalk is a fun dining, shopping, and entertainment area that comes alive at night. Whether you are enjoying a street performer, or taking in the nightlife at the Atlantic Dance Hall or Jellyrolls dueling piano bar, there is something for everyone at the Boardwalk.

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