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After Dark at Animal Kingdom in 2018

by Desiree Pizzo
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“We are going to Disney in January, 16th through 27th, 2018. I was wondering if the park is going to have night hours.”

Pandora - The World of Avatar after dark

Pandora is SPECTACULAR after dark – Photo by Brett

I assume she’s talking about Animal Kingdom because that’s kind of the only park that doesn’t have nighttime hours. And it’s the title she used when she submitted the question.

Desire, yeah absolutely. Animal Kingdom will have after dark hours in 2018. Disney has been working for two years to build up the night time at Animal Kingdom so that they can do night time hours at Animal Kingdom. This week they’re going to like 11 o’clock at night with extra magic hours until like 1 o’clock in the morning. I mean, they are really pushing the night time hours at Animal Kingdom.

They’ve added Rivers of Light, the night time show at Animal Kingdom. They’ve added a Discovery Island Carnival so there’s singing and dancing going on at night time in Animal Kingdom.

Pandora – The World of Avatar, the new area they just opened, they really, really put a lot of thought into how it’s going to look at night. It just glows. It’s just incredible at night. They started with the Tree of Life awakening, where they’ve got the light show on the Tree of Life at night. They are really pushing to make Animal Kingdom a full day and into the night park.

Tiffins Restaurant opened last year as part of that expansion into the evening, so they’ve got dinner locations at Animal Kingdom. You can even go on the safari after dark. They really do want to make Animal Kingdom a park that goes into the after dark hours.

So there’s no doubt in my mind that in 2018, 2019, 2020 that’s gonna be the pattern going forward. I think you’ll see the dining options expand at Animal Kingdom as this becomes more popular. You’ll see more sit down table service restaurants so there’s more night time dining options.

Speaking of After Dark Hours, the topic for WDW Magazine this month is After Dark at WDW. It’s really a great issue with amazing (as always) pictures. Check it out.

The After Dark at WDW issue of WDW Magazine

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

But absolutely, bottom line is there’s definitely going to be after dark activities at Animal Kingdom in 2018.


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