Magic Kingdom Hours Extend as Happily Ever After Returns

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As Disney World heads towards a new state of normal, many offerings are beginning to return. Today, we discovered that a huge offering was returning to the parks — Happily Ever After! 

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As Disney Parks Blog noted:

At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, July 1 marks the start of nightly fireworks performances at Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT. “Happily Ever After” Presented by Pandora Jewelry will transform Cinderella Castle with lights, projections and pyrotechnics, as moments from favorite Disney stories encourage you to grab hold of your dreams and make them come true.

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Ever since Magic Kingdom reopened, fireworks have been missing from the nightly offerings at the park. Because of the lack of nightly offerings and the ongoing pandemic, Magic Kingdom has been operating under reduced hours. At the moment, the Park is only open until 9:00 p.m. and has been operating that way for quite some time now.

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Although we have yet to see what exact time Happily Ever After will be showing in the parks once it returns on July 1, it is clear that the show’s return is impacting park hours. As of July 1, Magic Kingdom will remain open until 11:oo p.m.! Once July 11 rolls around, the hours will once again reduce to 10:00 p.m., but that will still be an added hour to the current Guest experience, which is fantastic news.

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Considering Happily Ever After is returning days before the Fourth of July, an incredibly popular and busy week for Disney, the 11:00 p.m. extension may be a direct result of the crowd anticipation Disney is expecting to see. In the past, we have seen Disney extend hours for holidays, so to see that happen again is not too much of a surprise.

At the moment, August hours at Magic Kingdom seem to be once again shortened to 9:00 p.m.; however, as we have seen today, those hours are subject to change. We can assume from the August hours that Happily Ever After will likely run at 8:00 p.m. each night.

Do you plan on watching Happily Ever After once it returns on July 1? Let us know in the comments below! 

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