Disney World has updated its theme park hours to reflect a massive extension of park hours at EPCOT and moderate park hours extensions at the other three Walt Disney World theme parks.
In this article, we’ll focus on EPCOT, which sets a historically early opening time starting this Monday, February 28th. Here are the changes:
- February 28 – March 5, March 13-19: Park hours extended 8:30am to 9pm (previously 10am to 9pm)
- March 6 – 12: Park hours extended 8:30m to 9pm (previously 9am to 9pm)
The 8:30am opening is not only earlier than we’ve seen in post-COVID times, but historically early when you consider that World Showcase does not have a staggered opening and opens with the rest of the park. With an 8:30am opening on the books until March 19th, it’s clear that Disney is predicting, or at least hoping, for increased attendance at EPCOT over the next month.
In pre-COVID times, it wouldn’t be uncommon for EPCOT to open at 9am, but not open World Showcase until 11am or so. The fact that the entire park is opening at 8:30am is significant and something that we’ll keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
As a reminder, Disney World hotel guests can enter EPCOT even earlier – 30 minutes earlier than posted hours, to be exact. This means that guests will be in EPCOT starting at 8am.
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