With the Solar Eclipse now right around the corner, Walt Disney World will still be open to welcome visitors to the Most Magical Place on Earth but there will be a few adjustments to the daily operating schedule. These are the changes that have been announced so far to help you with your planning:
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be seen across the United States from coast to coast. During the eclipse, the moon will pass in between the Earth and the sun, causing a shadow on Earth (you can learn more by clicking on this link). This rare, natural event is expected to be visible in the Central Florida area from approximately 1:15-4:30 p.m. For this reason, select attractions located across the Walt Disney World Resort may be temporarily unavailable due to low visibility.
Tom Sawyer Island will end operation at 2 p.m. and remain closed for the remainder of the day.
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM:
The animal trails will temporarily close prior to the onset of darkness. They will resume operations as natural lighting allows.
DISNEY’S BLIZZARD BEACH WATER PARK:
The park will close attractions as needed during this time, depending on light levels at the park. In addition, Blizzard Beach will have entertainment at the beach area with additional lighting when light levels reduce and a direct Disney Transportation shuttle to Typhoon Lagoon from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
DISNEY’S TYPHOON LAGOON WATER PARK:
Typhoon Lagoon will utilize their nighttime lights as needed and continue to operate with little to no impact to Guests.
THE MARINA AT THE GRADN FLORIDIAN:
The Marina at the Grand Floridian will be closed all day on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.
Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre:
Sammy Duvall’s Watersportswill be closed from 12 to 5 pm on Monday since Disney is shutting down all lake activities.
Also please note that if you are planning on being at Walt Disney World on Monday and plan on watching the eclipse, please make sure to bring your own NASA approved glasses as Disney will not be providing any or offering any for sale due to liability issues.
If you don’t have the proper glasses fear not as there will be plenty of coverage that you can access on you in-room televisions as well as online on your phones or other digital devices.
To stay up to date on all of the latest Eclipse news as well as all of the latest from the Parks, make sure to check the Disney Parks website or the Disney Parks Blog!.