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Fans Fume at Disney Park Hour Changes

Snow-covered "Pirates of the Caribbean" sign at Disneyland Paris, with snow on surrounding lamps and a palm tree visible in the background.
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The Parisian Disney Park, Disneyland Paris, has announced changes to its hours for the summer season: here’s what you need to know.

By all accounts, planning the perfect Disney vacation takes a lot of work. In recent years, the amount of work that goes into planning a Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort has not been negligible. Many fans have noted time and again that with all the developments at any Disney Resort, enjoying the Disney experience has become incredibly complicated.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Parc Disneyland, Disneyland Paris / Credit: Disney

This has been markedly influenced by the introduction of Disney Genie+. As fans navigate these changes, there has been a notable wave of feedback expressing frustration at the shift towards digital platforms for daily planning.

Guests’ reliance on technology to structure their park visits has become a prominent discussion.

While Disney is acting in line with a shift towards modernized guest experiences aligned with emerging trends in the theme park sector that prioritize digital tools for improving visitor engagement and overall satisfaction, park visitors aren’t necessarily convinced.

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Disneyland Paris’s Space Mountain, known as Hyperspace Mountain at the Disney Park / Credit: Disney

However, while planning a Disney vacation can involve many more complicated procedures and processes, there are some more simple aspects that have an impact on how one’s day at Disney goes: namely, theme park hours.

Considering what time a Disney theme park opens and closes might seem like an obvious consideration, but it can have a big impact on a guest’s day at Disney.

From making rope drops at opening hours to enjoying Disney rides at nighttime in the dark, there are a plethora of possibilities that open up with the right planning.

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Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris / Credit: Disney

Per the DLP Report on X, formerly Twitter, here are the new hours guests who are going to Parc Disneyland and the formerly-named Walt Disney Studios Park (now called Disney Adventure World) will have to keep in mind.

Disneyland Paris Park Hours update up to end of August 2024, confirming the adjusted schedule at Disneyland Park mid-summer:  

Walt Disney Studios Park: 9:30a-9p all summer.  

Disneyland Park: 9:30a-11p until Jul 28 then 10:30p close from Jul 29 and 10p close from Aug 19.

Fans were thoroughly unimpressed with this development.

One wrote, “This is what happens when the resort is looking to cut back on costs. Amazing when they just reopened a hotel where the average rate is 1,000€ a night.” 

Another shared a much more succinct, “this sucks!” 

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Disney Adventure World, formerly known as Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris / Credit: Disney

In the past, when fans have discussed the possibility of changes to opening and closing hours at any Disney Resort, guests in the know have posited that the reason Disney makes these types of changes is to manage crowd levels. Disney can also announce hours as they have and then change offered hours closer to dates.

One person explained, “It’s dependent on many factors but often a crowd control/dispersing tactic.”

Stay tuned to Disney Dining for the latest Disney news! 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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