Epcot F&W Scheduled Early This Year?

I see that this year’s annual F&W begins tomorrow. Is Aug 31 when it normally begins each year? I was under the impression that it normally started mid Sept. I’m asking because we are actually thinking of going next year. Not sure when Disney will announce 2018 F&W dates, but we also like to book resort reservations early. Would hate to book our rooms before it started if the start date changes again.

This is the first year it has started this early. I would not worry about booking this early unless you book a MVT agency exclusive when they release them. I am flying out on Friday on a trip I booked I think in June? I had a choice of special low MVT rates and free dining.