Walt Disney World will shorten its theme park hours starting in September.
After being closed for a few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida parks reopened in July with new health and safety procedures. On Sept. 8, the hours for Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Epcot will be reduced.
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Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will close an hour earlier than normal, and Epcot will close two hours earlier.
Since Walt Disney World reopened in July, it has reduced its capacity, added enhanced cleaning procedures and required guests to wear face masks while inside the park. Last month, Disney banned eating and drinking while walking because some guests would use it as a loophole to not wear masks while moving around the parks with food or drinks.
On Tuesday, Disney executives revealed in an earnings call to investors that its theme park closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have impacted the company greatly. Revenues fell 40% to $11.7 billion, while diluted earnings per share for the quarter decreased 94% to 8 cents, falling from $1.34 in the prior-year period. Wall Street had projected revenues of $12.39 billion on adjusted losses per share of 63 cents. The collapse of the theme park business was largely to blame, resulting in a $3.5 billion hit to operating income and a loss of $2 billion.
Here are the new hours for Disney World:
Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7p.m.
Epcot: 11 a.m. to 7 pm.
Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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