Walt Disney World’s Plans for the Solar Eclipse

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Updated August 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm.

There is just a few more days to go until the much anticipated Solar Eclipse. The eclipse in Central Florida is projected to block out anywhere from 80% to 90% of the sun providing guests of Disney World some great views. Total darkness can occur between 2:30 and 3:30 pm.

Many people have been asking what Disney has planned for the unique event. While nothing official has been announced by Disney, the operating hours of some attractions have been changed. Here is a list of the changes that have been announced so far. We will keep updating it as information comes in:

  • The Marina at the Grand Floridian Resort will be closed all day on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.
  • Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom will close at 2 pm and will stay closed for the entire day on Monday.
  • Animal Trails at Animal Kingdom will close briefly prior to it getting dark and will reopen once the darkness period is over.
  • Blizzard Beach will close as needed at the onset of darkness. Entertainment will be available at the beach area of the park and additional lighting will be added. Also, buses will be running directly to Typhoon Lagoon from 1:30 to 2:45 pm.
  • Typhoon Lagoon already has nighttime lighting installed and will be utilizing during the darkness period. There should be no impact to guests of the park.
  • Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre will be closed from 12 to 5 pm on Monday since Disney is shutting down all lake activities.
  • Ferry Transportation sounds like it will be also stopped between 12 and 5 pm per Sammy Duvall’s announcement. No official word on this has been announced by Disney as of now.

If you plan on being at Disney World and want to view the eclipse, make sure to bring your own glasses! Disney will not be providing any for their guests due to liability reasons.

Make sure to keep following all for additional updates!

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