It’s been a tough day at Disney World, to say the least.
Yes, we know that sometimes things happen: the weather in Florida can be unpredictable, rides can just stop running, and things sometimes get canceled – but all at the same time? ! Let’s take a look at all the closures, cancellations and hardships hitting customers visiting the parks today.
It all started this morning when we arrived at Magic Kingdom and saw that Space Mountain has been temporarily closed due to technical issues.
Although no guest can ride the attraction for a few hours – a BIG disappointment – we got a glimpse of what the attraction looks like with the lights on! The silver lining, we guess?
But the problems didn’t end there. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, THREE shows have been canceled this morning! It all started with the 11 a.m. performance of Beauty and the Beast live on stage be canceled (with one cast member sharing that more shows could be impacted). Then the Pixar Pals Cavalcade has been postponed (even though he did eventually arrives – just a little delayed!).
And, THEN, the Indiana Jones EPIC Stunt Spectacular suffered from some technical problems which led him to stop mid-show due to a technical issue with the temple scene. A cast member explained that the walls of the show’s first stage weren’t moving, and because of that, only the first scene was made in subsequent performances. Cast members shared that they were “working on the issue” and encouraging guests to come back later for the full show.
Not quite the ending we’re used to 😅
Indiana Jones’ epic stunt spectacular! experiencing technical difficulties 👀
Only the first scene can be played 🙃 pic.twitter.com/GwZasleq0M
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On top of all that, Disney World spent part of the afternoon under heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, which estimated the heat index could be 108 degrees or higher. It’s hot!
And, it felt like the Florida weather was saying “hold my beer” – just when we didn’t, the weather could get worse, thunderstorm warnings started coming in and lightning was spotted nearby.
This then threw a bit of clinker into the plans of many guests (including ours) as many outdoor rides had to close with lightning in the area, including Big Thunder Mountain, the Skyliner and Boats. Additionally, Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire performances at the Magic Kingdom have also been canceled due to weather.
So let’s just say Disney World goes by…a day. But what if you end up at Disney World on a day like this? Well, these are good times to rotate your expectations and do things you wouldn’t normally do. Visit attractions open during storms, including some you may not have seen or ride often. You can also still shop or grab a snack or meal while you wait for the closings.
You never know, you might discover your new favorite activity at Disney World!
We always recommend keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app as well as to track delays and closures. If you’re able to catch rides the first time they reopen, you may end up beating the crowds and stepping straight onto some of Disney World’s most popular rides!
And, as for the weather, make sure you head to the parks prepared for whatever might happen in the Florida summer. We have a full list of our must-have items here!
And, as always, we’ll continue to update you on the situation at Disney World, so stay tuned to AllEars for more!
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