Disney World cuts park, attraction hours

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World trimmed the hours of some attractions and restaurants as part of the company's cost-cutting measures since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

For park guests, the changes mean some live stage shows might not be presented on the days they are visiting the park. Some shows will be reduced from four times a day to three.

At Epcot, the hours for most of the attractions in the Future World section were reduced to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Future World attractions that will remain open until 9 p.m. are the Spaceship Earth and Test Track rides; "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" show, and Innovations pavilion. One Future World restaurant, Coral Reef, also will stay open until 9 p.m.

Epcot's World Showcase section will open at noon instead of 11 a.m. It will close at its usual 9 p.m.

Disney World's Yacht and Beach Club resort, near MGM Studios, closed its Galley restaurant. Three other restaurants there remain open.

The adjusted schedule at Disney's MGM Studios is as follows:
• "Beauty & the Beast": No performance Mondays and Tuesdays.
• "Hunchback of Notre Dame": No performance Thursdays and Fridays.

At Animal Kingdom:
• "Flights of Wonder": No performance Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
• "Pocahontas": No performance Sundays and Mondays.

Disney has added 100 Years celebration shows as part of the daily schedule. Among them are "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade"; "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream"; "Sorcerer's Hat," and "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade."

More than 7,000 salaried workers at Disney's parks, hotels and offices were asked Oct. 22 to cut their work week to 32 hours. The company also laid off an unspecified number of contract workers.

Disney World, which relies on tourists who fly in from the North, Midwest and overseas, has been hit hard by reduced airline schedules since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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