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Reduced Park Hours Begin Today at Walt Disney World

New, reduced park hours are in place starting today for all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

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The new park hours are as follows, with EPCOT and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reduced by two hours compared to the previous schedule:

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

Hours at Disney Springs remain unchanged, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. New park hours have now been updated on the Walt Disney World website, and are in place through November 21.

Guests with Advance Dining Reservations affected by the new hours should have received a notice by now, otherwise select restaurants, like Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom, are still accepting reservations after park close despite reduced hours.

Annual Passholders with the “EPCOT After 4” pass can now enter the park as early as 2:00 PM.

What do you think of the new park hours? Will you miss being able to see the evening lights and views throughout the parks in the coming months? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. terrible for local APs who work day shift . . . we used to be able to go out after work for a few rides and a meal but now I guess not…

      1. we’ll wait things out and hope Disney park hours will be extended. No incentives to keep our annual passes. No new incentives to make up for what’s been taken away

    1. Agreed. That explains why the weekends are so crowded. Luckily, my October park reservations are all midweek and we’ll have fun walking and exploring a “ghost town”.

  2. Boo! Hiss! Nighttime WDW is a whole different experience, and will be missed. Also, curtails the ability to take a mid-day break and go back later.

  3. This is actually terribly saddening! The prices are extremely high for the fact that the party and lights are cancelled along with the fact there is no meal plan or fast passes. Its feels like were getting fleeced. We haven’t cancelled our vacation yet but with all the things they’ve taken away and not reducing prices its getter harder to commit to it. It feels like a slap in the face to loyal disney goers.

  4. Thank you EPCOT!! First, I had to cancel my Chefs de Paris dinner ADR, and move it to Coral Reef. Then my Be Our Guest lunch ADR was switched to Liberty Tree Tavern. Then you cut your hours so my Coral Reef dinner ADR was canceled. Instead, I’m having dinner at a “real” seafood restaurant on International Drive (as I already have another dinner ADR at The Boathouse).

    1. My original trip was supposed to be during Easter. I rebooked for October. Chefs de France is still closed because America is banned for Europeans. Coral Reef has ONE seafood dish on their menu. Then EPCOT cut TWO HOURS from their day so dinner was out! I was so excited to have a lunch reservation for Be Our Guest but when they changed that to a $62 per person dinner menu, I canceled that too. I will have a great vacation next month because it’s STILL Disney, but not as MAGICAL as I wanted it to be. It will also probably be OUR LAST TRIP to Orlando.

  5. We are coming at Christmas. It’s a time that attracts crowds and long-lines. I am concerned that we will have difficulty enjoying all the attractions with the reduced hours. People have done all the attractions at Studios and Animal Kingdom in a day, but they gave up eating and were glued to their phones checking wait times. I don’t want to Disney that way especially since our vacation is like $10k. I hope someone at Disney Parks will have this figured out soon.

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