We’re getting ready for a BUSY summer in Disney World!
With capacity increasing, fireworks returning, and restaurants reopening, it’s going to be a chaotic few months in the parks. But if you’re visiting a little later in the year, you may notice that something seems a little…off.
Disney World’s summer park hours are pretty long, with 10PM — and even 11PM — closings. But if you look into the fall, you may notice that’s not the case. In fact, beginning in August, Magic Kingdom and EPCOT are back to 9PM closings, with Disney’s Animal Kingdom shutting down at a nice ‘n’ early 6PM. So what does it all MEAN?
It’s easy to assume that Disney World is simply cutting back on their hours once the summer crowds disappear. But this may not be the case. In recent months, we’ve seen Disney frequently extending park hours as the dates in question get closer. When park hours were first announced for the week of July 4th, Magic Kingdom was scheduled for a 9PM closing. Now, it’s not closing until 11PM!
In fact, Disney seems to be going week-by-week, extending those hours. Most recently, we saw more hours in July get extended (as well as random extensions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs). Late July and August, we’re lookin’ at you next.
Now, Disney After Hours BOO Bash is taking place on select nights from August through October — so we’d still expect Magic Kingdom to close fairly early on those days (at least to the general public). But as for the rest of fall? Don’t panic just yet! We’ve got a feeling those hours could eventually get extended, too. At least we hope!
So how can you stay in the know? Keep a close eye on Disney World’s park hours on their website or the My Disney Experience app. We’ll also let you know here at DFB each time hours are extended, so look out for any dates that could affect your visit. And as always, stay tuned to DFB for any other Disney news!
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