Disneyworld is cutting park hours amid lower than expected pandemic attendance

— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) August 8, 2020

We’re seeing people make terrible decisions that have an enormous effect on public health, often under the guise of “freedom” and “patriotism.” (This is real freedom and patriotism.) So I want to celebrate the fact that enough people are either smart, or more likely limited by travel options and the economy, to stay away from Disneyworld this summer. Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida (the epicenter of the pandemic) opened again a few weeks ago. Although they took safety precautions and required mask-wearing there were some disturbing photos and reports coming out about crowding, empty hand sanitizers and lack of cleaning on rides. Luckily attendance has been so low that they’re cutting hours across all parks, with Magic Kingdom closing at 6pm and Epcot and Hollywood Studios closing at 7.

Disney World will be reducing their operating hours in September amid lower-than-expected attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Disney World’s new hours set to begin on Sept. 8 are:

Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Epcot: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to USA Today, the Walt Disney Co. lost nearly $5 billion throughout April, May and June due to the closures. It also cost them a total of $4.5 billion just to close the parks.

The company was hopeful for its reopening, but the parks have experienced low attendance as the coronavirus continues to impact long-distance travel which has significantly affected the number of out-of-state visitors.

[From People]

The Miami Herald reported on a poll by THR that showed that 78% of parents say it’s too early to go back to theme parks. Hopefully this prevailing opinion is driving low attendance at Disneyworld and not inability to travel. However it only takes a few people behaving like a-holes to spread this virus. I’ve never been more ashamed and frustrated to live in the US. I should end on a positive note, the majority of people would do the right thing, we just have evil leadership encouraging their followers to sabotage the rest of us.

Also, one of the log rides at Splash Mountain sunk last week. People who were on it got out, but were told by employees they should have stayed on, which seems fitting.

— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) August 8, 2020

— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) August 9, 2020

— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) August 9, 2020

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