Walt Disney World will lengthen its theme park hours this Halloween weekend, and further extended hours are coming in November.
According to Disney World’s calendar, the Magic Kingdom will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. In recent weeks, it had been closing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
In September, Disney World scaled back hours at its parks because of drop in attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Florida parks reopened in July after a three-month closure, but Disney executives said in a shareholder presentation that a surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida over the summer had led to an increase in cancellations.
Halloween and the holidays could prove to be a boost for Disney while its Disneyland theme park in California remains closed.
The Magic Kingdom will be open until 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in November, as well as on three Sundays: Nov. 8, 15 and 22.
Starting on Nov. 9, Magic Kingdom is set to stay open until 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday through Thanksgiving weekend.
Disney advises that its hours are subject to change.
Epcot will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Epcot will stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday throughout November, and three Sundays: Nov. 8, 15 and 22. Bonus: Epcot will be open until 10 p.m. all Thanksgiving week.
At this point there are no changes in hours for Disney Hollywood Studios. But Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Animal Kingdom will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving week.
For shopping and dining, Disney Springs will be open an extra hour, until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays this weekend and every weekend in November.
Disney California Adventure will reopen select stores, eateries as part of Downtown Disney
Next week, Disney World will pivot from Halloween to the holidays, and visitors should see the park’s decor evolve into November. Shopping and dining options will also be holiday-themed.
Some holiday-themed events won’t be taking place this year because of social distancing requirements, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was also canceled this year.
Visitors can expect to be required to wear masks and maintain social distance. Some attractions and events remain closed and attendance capped because of the risk of transmission. Touchless payment options will be available at retail and dining establishments.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Disney World announces extended holiday hours amid COVID-19