News: Disney Has Extended Animal Kingdom’s Park Hours For a Single Day in September

We’ve been keeping an eye on the operating hours for the Disney World theme parks lately to see what changes are made.

Expedition Everest

Earlier this year, it was announced that park hours would be reduced starting early September, but we’ve also seen select park hours extended in November. Today, we spotted a change on the Disney park hours calendar indicating that a single park’s hours will be extended for just one day in September.

After the closure, the Disney World theme parks opened with reduced hours. 

Cinderella Castle

Specifically, Magic Kingdom was open from 9AM to 7PM; Disney’s Animal Kingdom was open from 8AM to 6PM; EPCOT was open from 11AM to 9PM; and Disney’s Hollywood Studios was open from 10AM to 8PM.

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Beginning on September 8th, operating hours were shortened at all four parks. Magic Kingdom’s new hours in September are 9AM to 6PM; EPCOT’s new hours are 11AM to 7PM; Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s hours are 10AM to 7PM; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open from 9AM to 5PM.

Toy Story Land

As we looked at the Walt Disney World Resort Month Calendar today, however, we noticed one change in the park hours in September. Specifically, it appears that Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open one hour later on Sunday, September 20th.

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World Website

Instead of the usual 9AM to 5PM, the park will be open from 9AM to 6PM.

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World Website

But, none of the other parks appear to have extended hours on that day, nor does it appear that Animal Kingdom’s hours have been extended on any other day in September.

Screenshot from the Walt Disney World Website

It’s unclear what has caused this extension of park hours for just Animal Kingdom solely on September 20th. While the weekends do tend to be more crowded in the parks, it’s not as though September 20th is a national holiday where extremely large crowds would be expected to be in Disney World.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Characters

It is possible that within the next day or two, we’ll simply see these park hours changed back to the standard 9AM to 5PM. We’ll definitely keep checking the Walt Disney World calendar to see if that change is made, or if any other changes occur with regards to the park hours. Be sure to come back for all the latest updates.

Do you have plans to visit Disney World in September? Let us know all about it in the comments!

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