Disney World Theme Parks Return to Normal Operation Saturday

Disney World Reopening

After facing down one of the worst hurricanes to hit Florida in recent memory, the Walt Disney World Resort will proudly celebrate its 51st Birthday with Guests and Cast Members on Saturday, October 1, as its Theme Parks return to normal operating hours.

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Credit: Disney

According to the Walt Disney World website,

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, with Early Theme Park Entry offered to Resort Hotel Guests starting at 7:30 am.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be open from 8:30 am – 9:00 pm, with Early Theme Park Entry at 8:00 am.
  • EPCOT will also be open from 8:30 am – 9:00 pm, with Early Theme Park Entry at 8:00 am.
  • Magic Kingdom Park will be open the longest, from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm. Early Theme Park Entry begins at 8:00 am.

Regarding fireworks and entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will show “Wonderful World of Animation” at 9:00 pm, EPCOT will run its retiring nighttime spectacular, “Harmonious,” at 9:00 pm as well, and “Disney Enchantment” will light up the skies over Cinderella Castle at 9:00 pm. Magic Kingdom Guests will also get the chance to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

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Disney Enchantment Credit: Disney

Please remember that valid Theme Park admission, as well as Theme Park Reservations for October 1, are still required in order to enjoy the Disney Day.

It should be noted that while Disney World Theme Parks get back to normal order, there are still some experiences that will be closed. For example, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will remain closed until Sunday, October 2, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground also remains closed (which means all upcoming performances of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have also been canceled). It is also unclear if any attractions will remain closed for the time being.

If you had intended to visit Disney World this week or weekend, please visit Disney World’s website, or contact The Walt Disney Travel Company or your authorized Disney Vacation planner for up-to-date information regarding the cancellation or rescheduling policies surrounding your visit.

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This turnaround would not have been possible if it were not for the inspiring Walt Disney World Cast Members who have worked through the storm and recent nights to ensure that the magic was kept alive, Resort Hotel Guests were safe and in high spirits, and the Parks were in proper shape.

There is still a lot of work to do in and around Disney World as the entirety of Central Florida recovers from catastrophic rainfall and flooding. But Walt Disney World’s almost-immediate reopening should be seen as a sign of hope that everything is going to be okay after all. The storm has cleared, the sun is coming back out, and the flood waters will recede. Florida will get back on its feet, and its magic-making Cast Members should be more than enough inspiration to get everyone ready to make each other smile, rebuild, and keep moving forward.

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We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Park news and stories as more developments come to light.

Happy 51st Birthday, Disney World!

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About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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