Walt Disney World and the Solar Eclipse

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Tomorrow is the big day! Do you have your solar eclipse glasses? (Or were you one of those who was scrambling to find a spare pair anywhere this weekend?) I’ve got my glasses and I’m ready to go! (Thank goodness I didn’t buy one of the recalled pairs from Amazon cause I almost did!)

Well, the eclipse will also be impacting those who are visiting Walt Disney World on Monday from around 1:15 p.m. until around 4:30 p.m. So here is what you need to know due to the low visibility that will occur in the parks due to this natural phenomenon.

At the Magic Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island will be closing for the day at 2:00 p.m.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, both the Gorilla Falls and the Maharajah Jungle Trek animal trails will be closed prior to the onset of darkness. The animal trails will reopen when natural lighting allows them to.

The water parks will also see some impacts courtesy of the solar eclipse. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will utilize nighttime lighting, however it will be open as otherwise normal. At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, attractions will close as needed during the time of the eclipse, as needed. The park will also offer entertainment on the beach area with additional lighting when it gets dark. There will also be bus transportation to Typhoon Lagoon from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.

A couple of additional notes about the eclipse. The Walt Disney World Resort is not selling solar eclipse glasses. For those who don’t have glasses, Guests can catch the local news coverage via their in-room televisions or by watching coverage on their mobile device.

For more information about the solar eclipse, make sure to check out this link.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World and the Solar Eclipse

  • August 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    How dark did it actually get at WDW? Here in Toronto we were told it would be 75% of totality, but the difference in brightness outdoors was hardly noticeable.

    • August 21, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Around the time of the peak of the eclipse, there was actually a storm rolling into the area, so it was already fairly overcast. It wasn’t dark by any stretch of the imagination, but on my street (in the area behind MK), it was dusk-like enough that the streetlights turned on. That said, it has been darker during a really bad afternoon thunderstorm. What was different about it wasn’t how dark it was, but the bright blue skies had almost like this gray filter over them, if that makes sense. You could really tell that it wasn’t “normal” and it certainly wasn’t bright and sunny, but it wasn’t dark.


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