EPCOT operating hours extended for October 2021 as new attractions debut

Aug 06, 2021 in "Operating Hours"

Posted: Friday August 6, 2021 1:38pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In today's Walt Disney World operating hours refresh, EPCOT has moved from the original 11am opening to a 10am opening during October 2021.


October is a big month for the park, with the official opening of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Harmonious, and Spaceship Earth's new points of light projection show.


In addition to the change in hours for EPCOT during October, operating hours are now available at all four Walt Disney World parks through October 23 2021.

View our Walt Disney World operating hours calendar.

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ToTBellHop2 days ago

Those won’t be the Christmas hours…

m steve2 days ago

Compared to what we've grown accustomed to during our previous Christmas visits, these holiday hours are pitiful. Eleven o'clock opening at EPCOT? The day is already half over before the gates open. Nine o'clock opening at MK on Christmas morning? That's three hours later than in the past. I hope that this will improve significantly. If not, it will be just another instance of paying more and getting much less. Magical.

PolynesianPrincess2 days ago

MK and DHS being open 9am-9pm is insane for Christmas week. That used to be their regular operating hours before they started cutting back. The fact that they think 12 hours is enough time in the parks during the busiest week of the year is ridiculous. Edited to add - and it's also the most expensive time to go! Tickets are pricier for what, another hour of park time?

JohnD8 days ago

Right. Because it stays open until just after dark for the Beacons of Magic on the Tree of Life. The question is, will it remain until 8pm the week of November 7 and later or will it return to 7pm? We go back to standard time then. Answered my own question: Back to 7pm.

dreday319 days ago

Had to pop in! : Disney now lists AK being open until 8pm the third week of October (through 23rd for now), and I am over the moon about it! :D

DCBaker20 days ago

According to the Disney calendar, Magic Kingdom's hours have been extended to 11pm October 1st through the 4th.

arich35Sep 16, 2021

Patiently waiting for hours for December so we can actually make plans. Hopefully they are out before 60 days

TransportationGuySep 14, 2021

As aforementioned, always an issue but currently under control(ish) due to the charter buses whose contracts just got extended again. I suspect they’ll be around through at least the end of the year

ToTBellHopSep 11, 2021

We will be there 9:30a-10p next month, which is actually longer than in days of yore for us. We avoided MEMH there because it made that park unbearably crowded. So it was always 9-9 for us. 7:30 at DAK will be painful….but worth it for FOP.

dreday3Sep 11, 2021

Personally I love a 10 am opening at Epcot. Kind of a forced sleep-in day for us! :D

ToTBellHopSep 11, 2021

Bus staffing is an issue. The hours they are giving us is the most they will give. Once they get the busing situation under control, they’ll revert to 9-9 instead of 10-10.

doctornickSep 11, 2021

Is the bus driver staffing still a big issue? I’d guess it is and is probably the biggest factor needing to have Epcot’s opening staggered compared to the other parks. I hoping that they are able to achieve proper (pre-pandemic) bus levels at some point in the future and return Epcot to an earlier opening. interesting question: when and if Epcot opens at 9am, will they just open WS at that time (even if all the stores/restaurants aren’t open)? Or will they still have it blocked between France and Norway?