Operating hours will be reduced at Walt Disney World’s theme parks after Labor Day.
Starting Sept. 8, here are the update park hours:
- Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (previously closed at 7 p.m.)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (previously closed at 8 p.m.)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (previously operated 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
For Epcot, different calendars on the My Disney Experience app and Disney World show conflicting times. Epcot as a whole is listed as being opened from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in monthly and weekly calendar views, but when looking at park hours by day, the website still lists the Future World section of Epcot as being open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Theme Park Tribune has reached out to Disney for clarification on those hours and will update this story if we receive a response.
Disney World typically reduces its hours after Labor Day as the summer rush gives way to a quieter fall. Of course, this is no typical year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has seen light crowds throughout the parks since they reopened this month. Attendance has been dampened by a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida, Disney said earlier this week.
There’s little reason to think fall will see bigger crowds.
In a recent poll of 2,200 adults conducted by Morning Consult, only 19 percent of respondents said they’d be comfortable going to an amusement park right now. That comfort level was highest among Republicans (27 percent) and millennials (30 percent) and lower among Democrats (12 percent) and baby boomers (10 percent). 41 percent of respondents predicted it would take more than six months for them to feel comfortable returning to an amusement park. Only 10 percent said they’d do so within the six months.
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