Even with the Disney theme parks closed indefinitely, Disney is quietly removing theme park hours based on their best internal guesses as to when the parks might reopen.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the hours more out of a force of habit than anything else, and here’s what we noticed. Disney has changed the Walt Disney World theme park hours three times during the closure period.
The first change had the theme parks closed through March 31st. This change aligned with the initial estimates of a two-week closure and forced social distancing.
After it became clear that Disney wouldn’t be able to open on April 1st, Disney changed the closure period through April 18th. This change came in tandem with an announcement that Cast Members would be paid through April 18th. This change also occurred when Disney stated that it would be closed indefinitely. Disney chose not to give an end date to the closure period for a variety of reasons, chief among them is that Disney really doesn’t know when the pandemic will be over.
Finally, Disney’s most recent change has removed the theme park hours through May 2nd. This change comes on the heels of the Cast Member furlough announcements and cancellations of vacations through early May.
As far as our best guess on when the theme parks will reopen? June looks to be the best candidate. Not only is June 1st the first day that guests can make new reservations for, but the data also shows a statistically insignificant amount of new cases and impact to the healthcare systems in June.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest Disney Parks news and photos. We’ll continue to bring you news and photos, where possible, through the Disney Parks closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will resume our normal coverage once the parks reopen to guests, whenever that may be!