Disney World to Cut Its Hours

Walt Disney World will reduce its park hours for autumn, a normal move amidst a not-so-normal season.

The Orlando, Fla. theme park traditionally cuts its hours in the fall after a busy summer season, but this is far from a traditional year. After shutting down in March for four months due to the coronavirus epidemic, Disney reopened in mid-July to a new normal. A lack of demand for travel, especially for flying, combined with drastically reducing the number of guests allowed into each park has stifled attendance.

Like most major companies, Disney is hemorrhaging cash. The company announced earlier this week it has lost $2 billion just from its worldwide theme park business alone. So the cutback in hours also might be a way to slap a band-aid on some of the bleeding.

According to the blog WDW News Today, the new hours for all four parks are:

—Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Previously 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

—EPCOT: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Previously 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

—Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Previously 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

—Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Previously 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Hours at Disney Springs remain unchanged, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The new hours do mean, however, that EPCOT will close two hours earlier even with its annual Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival this fall.

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