Disney World Implements Reduced Park Hours

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Disney World Park Hours

After a very successful Labor Day weekend, all four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort will be implementing reduced park hours beginning September 8.

The hours of operation will be as follows:

  • Magic Kingdom: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Previously opened until 7:00 pm)
  • EPCOT: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Previously opened until 9:00 pm)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Previously opened until 8:00 pm)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Previously opened at 8:00 am and closed at 6:00 pm)

We have previously shared this news when Disney announced the change at the beginning of August, as well as the news that these new hours will remain in effect through November.

While the loss of one or two hours may not seem that noticeable in the parks, the reduction itself makes one think about Disney’s reason for closing its gates so much earlier in the evening and what that could mean for the when Guests can expect the return of nighttime spectaculars like EPCOT Forever or Happily Ever After.

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Dining Reservations Still Available After Park Closure

But even though the parks are closing early, some in-park restaurants are still offering reservations to Guests after the new closure time. For example, Be Our Guest in Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, will seat Guests as late a 7 pm, and Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will seat Guests until 8 pm.

Read More: Some Disney World Restaurants Accepting Reservations After Park Close

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