August 7, 2020 – If you were hoping to capture the magical lights and ambiance of Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge after dark, you will have to wait a bit longer. Even as summer’s days grow shorter and sunset occurs earlier (currently 8:10 PM in Orlando), Disney will be closing its parks’ gates one hour earlier.
Effective 8 September 2020, opening hours for Walt Disney World’s four theme parks will be:
- Magic Kingdom: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (now 9:00 am to 7:00 pm)
- EPCOT: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (now 11:00 am to 9:00 pm)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (now 10:00 am to 8:00 pm)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (now 8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Hours for Disney Springs, the dining-shopping-entertainment complex, remain unchanged – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
The hours are posted on Disney’s online calendar up until 1 October 2020. Whether park hours will be modified again for October is unknown.
With international visitors all but gone, and with sagging U.S. domestic travel, Walt Disney World and most all theme parks nationwide have taken a huge financial loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Walt Disney Company posted a net loss of $4.72 billion for the three months that ended in June.
Despite theme park losses, Disney has witnessed growth in its TV and streaming businesses. However, total revenue for Disney was only $11.78 billion, down 42% from a year earlier. Disney said that its parks, experiences and products segment alone suffered a $3.5-billion hit.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, remains closed indefinitely as the pandemic continues to grip the United States’ most populated state. Meanwhile in Orlando, Walt Disney World has been operating under strict health protocols since its reopening in July. While the company will not disclose its numbers, some analysts believe that Disney is capping attendance at each of its Orlando parks between 15-25% of maximum capacity, further hobbling its income stream.