Walt Disney World is still the happiest place in the world. You’ll just have to fit the same amount of happiness into fewer hours of fun in September. According to Hollywood ReporterThe four Disney theme parks in Florida will reduce their daily hours of operation, after reopening on July 11 during the coronavirus quarantine, following the return of smaller crowds amid the state’s continued rise in the cases of COVID-19.
According to the Disney website, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon close an hour earlier, with Epcot closing two hours earlier and Animal Kingdom reducing the day at each end, opening an hour later and closing an hour earlier. The changes will take effect on September 8.
The change was announced less than a week after Disney revealed the multibillion-dollar toll COVID-19 had taken on the business. “Parks, Experiences and Products revenue for the quarter decreased 85% to $ 1.0 billion, and segment operating results fell $ 3.7 billion for a loss of 2, $ 0 billion, ”Disney’s quarterly report revealed Tuesday. “The decrease in operating results for the quarter was due to declines in domestic and international parks and experiences business and, to a lesser extent, in our merchandise licensing and retail business.”