Is Disney Open On Christmas Day?

the magic kingdom park decorations during christmas season

Celebrating Christmas at Disney World can add that extra sparkle and magic to the holiday season. And the Walt Disney Company does not leave any stone unturned in making it a very special place for families to spend Christmas week.

But are the Disney parks open on Christmas Day? Yes, yes, absolutely yes! Unless there are unforeseen circumstances (coronavirus, I’m looking at you!), all four theme parks in Disney World are open on Christmas Day and throughout Christmas week.

If you are planning on visiting the Walt Disney World Resort at Christmas time, keep reading. I’ve got all the information you’ll need, including park hours, what to expect, and what not to miss. 

Is Walt Disney World Open On Christmas Day?

Yes, all the Disney theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) are open on Christmas Day.

Disney Springs is also open. If you want to go to one of the two Disney water parks, please check the official website for more information (some closures continue in 2021 due to COVID-19). 

Keep in mind that Christmas and New Year’s are some of the busiest days of the year at Disney World. As a result, most people steer clear of the holiday season and visit WDW in November or January to avoid the crowds.

But there are some really great events like a Christmastime parade that can make your vacation extra special. 

Is It Worth Going To Disney World At Christmas Time?

The great thing about going to Disney World around Christmas is that beautiful holiday decorations are up at every theme park, the Cinderella Castle is looking its prettiest best, Space Mountain has some surprises in store, special treats are on sale, and there’s spectacular entertainment, in true Disney style.

Plus, the weather in Florida is much nicer than in the summer.

The not-so-great thing is the long lines because it does get busy during the holiday season.

But if you use the new paid Disney planning tool, Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections, you should be able to get onto the most popular Disney World rides without waiting for hours. 

In my opinion, watching a Christmas Day parade at home on TV is nice, but it cannot compare to spending Christmas Day at Walt Disney World.

A Christmas vacation in Disney World is well worth doing at least once in your lifetime. 

What Time Does Disney World Open On Christmas Day? 

Here are the park hours for the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort on Christmas Day.

Magic Kingdom

  • Park Hours are from 9 am to 9 pm
  • Park Hopper available from 2 pm to 9 pm
  • Disney Enchantment (Fireworks and Nighttime Entertainment) at 8 pm
  • Extended Evening Hours are available from 9 pm to 11 pm on select nights for guests staying at Deluxe Disney Resorts and other select Disney hotels


  • Park Hours are from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Park Hopper available from 2 pm to 10 pm
  • Harmonius (Fireworks and Nighttime Entertainment) at 9:45 pm
  • Extended Evening Hours are available from 10 pm to midnight on select nights for guests staying at Deluxe Disney Resorts and other select Disney hotels

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Park Hours are from 9 am to 9 pm
  • Park Hopper available from 2 pm to 9 pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Park Hours are from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Park Hopper available from 2 pm to 7 pm

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Park Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm

Disney Springs

  • Hours are from 10 am to 11:30 pm

Which Disney Park Is Best At Christmas?

The best Disney Park at Christmas time is the Magic Kingdom, at least in my opinion.

Don’t get me wrong, every Disney theme park has a unique charm, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the best Disney theme park to spend Christmas Day is the Magic Kingdom theme park.

It has the maximum number of attractions, the Cinderella Castle looks beautiful with the holiday decor, and it’s just a magical place to celebrate and have fun.

Keep in mind that the Walt Disney Company has a Park Pass system going on right now to limit capacity.

If you wait too long to make your reservations, you might find that the Magic Kingdom or another Disney theme park that you wanted to visit has already reached capacity on Christmas Day.

When is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held in the Magic Kingdom theme park on some nights in November and December. It is a ticketed event, meaning you need to purchase a separate ticket (not the regular Magic Kingdom admission ticket).

The party usually lasts from 7:00 pm to midnight. 

In 2021, Disney World is replacing this party with a new special event called Disney Very Merriest After Hours.

Again, this is a ticketed event where your favorite Disney characters and Santa are present to add a little extra holiday cheer to your visit. Plus, you might have to contend with shorter lines than during the daytime, which can definitely make it all more fun. 

What Should You Not Miss At Disney World At Christmas?

There are lots happening at Walt Disney World in the lead-up to Christmas. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Santa visits all four theme parks and Disney Springs.
  • Special light projections on Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Candlelight Processional at EPCOT (it’s the story of Christmas told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra).
  • Merry Motorcades (your favorite Pixar pals travel down Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios).
  • Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs.
  • Special character meals like Minnie Mouse hosted dining at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays (you can see how the world celebrates the holidays at World Showcase).
  • Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy, a 3-hour show at EPCOT that takes you behind the scenes.
  • The Main Street Philharmonic marching with Toy Soldiers during the Christmas Season. 
  • Seasonal treats and special food on the menus at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World.
  • Goofy dressed as Santa — possibly my favorite thing at Disney during the season!
  • Magical snow flurries in the evenings at Disney Springs.
  • Pin trading and resort hopping to see the awesome decor at the different Walt Disney World hotels.
  • Shopping for holiday merchandise and picking up some special Disney souvenirs.

Are You Spending Christmas At Disney?

I hope my tips will help you make the best of your visit to Walt Disney World at Christmas time. 

Have you been to Disney World or Disneyland or Universal Studios during the Christmas holiday season before? Was it busy? Did all the magic make the long lines and the trip feel worthwhile? Tell me in the comments below.

Dustin Baier

Hey, I'm Dustin a Dad of 4 and married to Sweet Pea Chef for over 15 years now :) We got engaged at the Disneyland Hotel way back when and love a vacation at Disney World, Universal Studios, really anywhere with theme parks!

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