Operating hours extended at all four Walt Disney World theme parks in latest calendar update

Jul 16, 2021 in "Operating Hours"

Posted: Friday July 16, 2021 2:06pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In the latest Walt Disney World calendar update, operating hours are now available through October 2 2021, and in addition, hours have been extended at all four parks.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, hours have been extended to an 8pm close towards the end of July, and during August, the park moves to a 7pm close from the original 6pm close.

Operating hours have been extended at EPCOT during August, with weekends now moving to a 10pm close from the original 9pm close.

Disney's Hollywood Studios sees an extension to its operating hours in September, with the park now closing at 9 pm instead of 8 pm.

Finally, at Magic Kingdom, the first week of August has been extended to a 10pm close instead of 9pm.

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JohnD4 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.

dreday314 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

DCBaker16 days ago

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

arich3530 days ago

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

TransportationGuy31 days ago

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?

dreday3Sep 11, 2021

I saw that. Those AK hours are great! Our October dates it's still closing at 7pm. I'm assuming it's open later just on those days because of the Anniversary, but I pretty much am crossing everything possible for 8 or 8:30 closings at AK for our dates too!

BoardwalkGlennSep 11, 2021

I was checking park hours for my upcoming trip and noticed some extensions to park hours. Wed 9/29 MK: 9am-10pm (was 9-9) Fri 10/1 MK: 8am-10pm (was 9-9) EP: 9am-10pm (was 10-10) AK: 8am-8:30pm (was 8-7) Sat 10/2 MK: 9am-10pm (was 9-9) EP: 9am-10pm (was 10-10) AK: 8am-8:30pm (was 8-7)

celluloidAug 07, 2021

9am will return post pandemic and once the front of the park is loaded with E tickets again. Probably after renovations and Guardians opens.

JohnDAug 06, 2021

Well, they just went to 10:00 which is closer to 9:00. Also, we keep forgetting this, but a park reservation does mean that capacity is limited to a point. Maybe it's no longer 40% but higher. But I highly doubt park reservations let capacity reach anywhere near it did prior to the pandemic.