After adding a large amount of new, nighttime entertainment in the past year, Animal Kingdom now appears to be moving their closing time from 11 PM as it has been the past few months to 9 PM or earlier. A statement from Disney reads:
We will continue to offer new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including Kilimanjaro Safaris, the awakening of the Tree of Life, Tiffins restaurant and more. We will continue to adjust our hours and will remain open after sunset to deliver those experiences for our guests. As sunset gets earlier, we will be able to offer these experiences earlier than we have in the summer.
It appears this is just a temporary change as most of the parks shorten their hours in the winter months as the sun sets earlier. Of course the bigger take away from this may be that Rivers of Light is no closer to opening than it has been. Rivers of Light was supposed to open in the early summer months, but has yet to open. Disney even unveiled a temporary show for the summer, Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, which will be closing September 5. It remains to be seen when that show will begin and the early hours may be around for a while, at least until Avatarland opens.