There have been a LOT of changes since Walt Disney World’s four theme parks reopened last month.
Crowd levels have changed, menus have changed, what restaurants are open has changed, and last week, Disney announced that the theme park hours would be reduced starting September 8th.
But that left us with one HUGE question: How would the new theme park hours affect dining reservations?
In case you missed it, Disney announced that it would have shortened theme park hours beginning September 8th. Magic Kingdom will be open from 9AM to 6PM; EPCOT will be open from 11AM to 7PM; Hollywood Studios will be open from 10AM to 7PM; and Animal Kingdom will be open from 9AM to 5PM.
As it turns out, though, some restaurants around Disney World will STAY OPEN past park closing time, despite the shortened park hours. So if you have a Be Our Guest dinner at 6:30 this fall, you may be in luck!
We chatted with a cast member on the Disney World website who said that Tiffins at Animal Kingdom and Le Cellier at EPCOT will have adjusted park hours, while 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios and Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom will not. However, the language is a little confusing here. In short, it means that Be Our Guest Restaurant and 50’s Prime Time will stay open past the set hours.
As you can see, we ARE seeing open reservations at Magic Kingdom in September for after 6PM, like this one for 6:45PM at Be Our Guest!
At this time, the restaurants that will be open after the adjusted park closures will include:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
It’s important to keep checking the My Disney Experience app for adjusted park hours and any changes that may occur to your dining reservations. And restaurant hours and park hours can always change with little notice, so it’s doubly important to pay attention!
If you have questions about whether your dining reservation is affected, be sure to contact Disney for confirmation.
And as things keep changing at Disney World, you know we’ll keep you filled in, so stay tuned to DFB as well!
Do you have a dining reservation outside of park hours in September? Let us know your experience in the comments.