Disney World Reduces Park Hours After the Holidays

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If you have been visiting Disney World lately, you likely have noticed that since it’s reopening, this holiday season is truly the longest Guests have been able to stay in the park! Well, if you are enjoying the extended hours, soak them in because they are on their way out.

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At the moment, Disney World Guests have been able to experience magic at the Disney Parks for much longer than during the summer:

– Magic Kingdom: 8 am-9 pm
– EPCOT: 11 am-10 pm
– Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10 am-7 pm
– Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  8 am- 8 pm

It seems that Disney World may have extended their hours for now in order to try and bring in more Guests to enjoy the food, merchandise, and festivities of the holiday season. However, once Christmas and New Year’s are over at Disney, things tend to slow down. It looks like Disney World is anticipating these lower crowd levels with the end of holiday offerings and adjusting their hours accordingly.

On the Disney World website we can currently see that in February, up until the 20th, hours have been reduced. The follow hours are similar to the park hours over the summer:

– Magic Kingdom: 9 am – 6 pm
– EPCOT: 11 am – 7 pm
– Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10 am – 7 pm
– Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  9 am- 5 pm

Every park it seems, excluding Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will have much shorter hours as Disney World enters their slower time of year. Although this means less time in the parks which may deter some Guests, it will hopefully mean that for the Guests that do choose to visit, that crowds and wait times will be reduced.

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It will be interesting to see how high capacity is by February and when Disney World will be back to 100% capacity. We know that Disney World has been slowly and  silently increasing capacity, and with more park passes always becoming available for dates that were previously sold out, it looks like this is a continuing trend. As of now, Disney has only disclosed of their capacity jump from 25% to 35%, but only after the deed was done.

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Do you think visiting Disney World is worth it when park hours are reduced?

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