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Disney Park Hours Update Shows EPCOT Will Soon Open Earlier!

It’s hard to believe August has already arrived! If you haven’t already made plans to visit Walt Disney World, we’d recommend visiting very soon! Several attractions and entertainment experiences have or are reopening this month. In September, you’ll have a last chance to watch “Happily Ever After” and “Epcot Forever” nighttime spectaculars. Visiting in October? Well, get ready to party as Disney launches The World’s Most Magical Celebration including a new nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom and another over at EPCOT. On top of all that, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is still rocking and rolling, and Disney After Hours Boo Bash keeps things extra spooktacular! As you plan your vacation, you’ll want to take note that Walt Disney World has updated their park hours with an earlier opening time coming soon to EPCOT! Check out August 7 – October 23, 2021 park hours as noted below.

Magic Kingdom:

Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • August 7: 8:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 8 – 9: 9:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 10 – 12: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 13: 8:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 14: 8:00am to 6:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 6pm)
  • August 15: 9:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 16 – 31: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 1 – 6: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 7: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 8 – 9: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 10: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 11: 9:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • September 12: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 13: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 14: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 15 – 16: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 17: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 18: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 19: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 20: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 21: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 22 – 23: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 24: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • September 25: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 26 – 29: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 30: 9:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • October 1 – 4: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 5: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 6 – 7: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 8: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 9: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 10: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 11: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 12: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 13 – 14: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 15: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 16: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 17: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 18: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 19: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 20 – 21: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 22: 9:00am to 8:30pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8:30pm)
  • October 23: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)

EPCOT:

Frozen Ever After (Photo Credit: Disney)
  • August 7 – 8: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 9 – 12: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 13 – 15: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 16 – 19: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 20 – 22: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 23 – 26: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 27 – 29: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • August 30 – 31: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 1 – 2: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 3 – 5: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • September 6 – 9: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 10 – 12: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • September 13 – 16: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 17 – 19: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • September 20 – 23: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 24 – 26: 11:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm)
  • September 27 – 30: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 1 – 23: 10:00am to 10:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 10pm) *Previously opened at 11am

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Alien Swirling Saucers (Credit: Disney)
  • August 7 – 25: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • August 26: 9:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 27 – 31: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 1 – 10: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 11: 9:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • September 12 – 28: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • September 29: 9:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • September 30: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)
  • October 1 – 23: 9:00am to 9:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 9pm)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Star Tours
Star Tours
  • August 7: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 8 – 13: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • August 14: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 15: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 16 – 20: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • August 21: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 22 – 27: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • August 28: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 8pm)
  • August 29 – 31: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • September 1 – 30: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)
  • October 1 – 23: 8:00am to 7:00pm (Park Hop: 2pm to 7pm)

Keep checking park hours via the My Disney Experience App before visiting Walt Disney World, as you just never know if Disney is going to add an extra hour as your park day draws near. Happy planning, Disney lovers!

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.