Travel across the United States remains at a standstill. Though almost all stay at home orders have been lifted and the majority of states are "open for business", a Morning Consult poll, recently revealed that 72% of American adults say that they are uncomfortable visiting an amusement park right now.
In response, theme parks across the country are either shutting back down, or not opening at all. In Orlando, most theme parks have managed to at least stay open for the time being, but with reduced hours and days of operations, to try and conserve capital for their owners while guest levels are depressed.
Over at Universal Orlando Resort, we've already seen a number of cuts in recent months, with a handful of attractions not running (including the recent Fast and the Furious: Supercharged attraction), and hours reduced at the parks across the board. And while Disney has already made several cuts at Walt Disney World, it looks like even more will be going into effect very soon.
Hours cut for fall
Though Walt Disney World has already gotten rid of early mornings at Disney's Hollywood Studios, late nights at the Magic Kingdom, and all Extra Magic Hours. However, starting September 8, park hours will be cut even further at all four Walt Disney World parks, with the new schedules as follows:
- Magic Kingdom: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
- Epcot: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm (from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
Right now these hours are only in effect for the month of September, however, we'd expect them to continue through the fall as guest levels are predicted to go even lower after the summer ends. And with Halloween events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party cancelled Disney won't be having any late night events to keep the parks open for.