The Walt Disney World theme parks today published reduced operating hours for their fall season.
Starting Tuesday, September 8:
Epcot's hours remain 11am-9pm. In October, Epcot's closing time moves to 7pm, according to the Disney World website. However, the website has Animal Kingdom's hours going back to 8am-6pm in October. Disney has not posted theme park hours for November and beyond.
The reduction of an hour or two after the Labor Day holiday weekend wouldn't normally be a big deal. Disney's theme parks typically roll back operating hours after the busy summer season.
But this hasn't been a busy summer season - not with the pandemic keeping the parks closed until mid-July and tourists not yet returning to Central Florida. That Disney is cutting its operating hours further after the summer suggests that the resort does not see a return of tourists to the Orlando on the horizon this fall, nor does it anticipate enough of an increase in local visitors to justify keeping its current operating schedule - which was sharply reduced from a typical summer.Tweet
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