UPDATE: Walt Disney World Theme Parks Will Open Earlier Than Originally Scheduled

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Walt Disney World has just announced that their 4 theme parks will open earlier than originally scheduled at 8am on Saturday, October 8th. Animal Kingdom will open to resort guests at 7am for Extra Magic Hours.


The Walt Disney World theme parks all closed at 5pm on Thursday in preparation for Hurricane Matthew and remained closed all-day today, October 7th.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Interesting addition for your article, on news 6 they just reported that this was “NOT A DISNEY DECISION TO CLOSE, THEY WANTED TO STAY OPEN, ORANGE COUNTY FORCED THEM SAYING IF ANY DRIVERS OF BUSSES OR DISNEY VEHICLES WOULD BE SUJECT TO ARREST DUE TO COUNTY WIDE CERFEW”. Disney waited til last minute yesterday to evacuate, and has a reputation locally of really becoming a little on the edge of safety. We get it, they’re a corporation, but the county and state have been calling more shots against Disney’s behalf lately.

  • Yes, they’re opened as soon as they can. 5pm for some areas. The only reason they closed was because Orange County MADE them. Disney disappointedly doesn’t have best interest or safety of their cast members or guests in mind. Thankfully, we have the govenrment to keep them in check. (How scary is that?)

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