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September Will Be Different In Disney World- Here’s How

Walt Disney World constantly seems to be changing and September won’t be any different.  We have how this month will be different in Walt Disney World so you know what to expect when you visit.



Experiences Are Opening and Reopening

September will bring the opening of the long awaiting Space 220 restaurant.  Opening on September 20th, this dining location in Epcot will take guests 220 miles above Earth as they travel on a Space Elevator.  As they dine at the Space Station, guests will enjoy amazing views of the Earth and other activities outside their windows.  We can’t wait to learn more about this experience this month including when dining reservations will become available as well as what the menu will look like..  

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Disney’s All-Star Music is scheduled to open on September 16th.  It will be extremely nice for guests to have another value resort opened as an option for their Walt Disney World accommodations.  We are thrilled to have this resort opened and welcoming guests once again.

More buffets are coming back this month as Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom will once again be offering a buffet at lunch and supper.  Guests, starting September 12th, will once again be able to enjoy a buffet within the Magic Kingdom.  The new previously served family-style meal has been a new fan favorite, so it will be interesting to see how the buffet is received.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort Incredibles Themed Rooms

Disney’s Contemporary Resort has been undergoing a major room upgrade as they get transformed with a new theme based on The Incredibles.  The Disney website currently lists the room construction as “late September” so we are super hopeful that these new rooms will be opening soon.  

Finally, September will see Club Level amenities return to Walt Disney World at select deluxe hotels.  Both Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on September 16th, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort on September 23rd as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort on September 26th will all be offering Club Level once again.  In the past, Club Level provided guests with a lounge where they could find food and beverages throughout the day.  We will be interested to see how this plays out in these new times.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is now welcoming some guests.  Prior to the October 1st opening, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is doing early previews for D23 Members, Disney Vacation Club Members as well as Annual Passholders.  We are anxiously awaiting to be shrunk down to the size of Remy as we travel through Gusteu’s Kitchen.  When the ride opens, it will become the second ride in Walt Disney World to use a virtual queue.  

We are thrilled to see so much opening and welcoming guests once again in Walt Disney World.  From new dining locations to resorts opening back up, September has a lot to offer.


Saying Good-bye

We have posted previously about how both Epcot Forever as well as Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom will be wrapping up production this month.  On September 28th at 9 pm, the final show of Epcot Forever will be seen around Epcot’s World Showcase.  This is making way for the premier of Harmonious, the new nighttime spectacular we are anxiously awaiting to see.

Over in Magic Kingdom, we were surprised to learn that Happily Ever After would be wrapping up production as well with a final show on September 29th.   A new nighttime show, Disney Enchantment, will be coming to Magic Kingdom on the night of the 50th Anniversary with the first show on October 1st.  We are excited to experience these two new nighttime spectaculars.

Park Hours Adjust

As we move away from summer and closer to fall, guests will notice that park hours start to adjust as well.  If you are traveling in September, you will want to check and double check those hours as they seem to be adjusting.  

Epcot will see a consistent opening time moving back to 11 am with closing to be 9 pm on weeknights and 10 pm on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Over in Magic Kingdom, we noticed an adjustment in hours as well.  With Boo Bash in full swing this month, it seems that the park is closing earlier to accommodate those parties.  We see that the park closes at 8:30 or 9 pm on those evenings.  Opening has been pushed back to 9 am all through September which is a change from the 8 am opening we saw in August.

With lower crowds typically throughout September, park hours can adjust to accommodate.  Keep checking the app to make sure you are on top of this during your vacation.

With the new month, new changes are coming to Disney World.  We hope this helps you know what will be different in September as you plan your vacation.  If you are looking for more travel tips and tricks, check-out this post HERE about what not to miss in September in Disney World.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.