If you are at the parks today or perhaps at work and wondering what will happen during the eclipse at the Happiest Place on Earth, here’s a quick breakdown. Keep in mind this is all subject to change at a moment’s notice. The Orlando area is expected to get 88 percent blackout of the sun, which has caused them to change some operational things around the parks. As of this writing, it does not seem like Disney parks are having an official meet up to watch the eclipse up on the balconies of Cinderella’s Castle or other hot spots throughout Magic Kingdom or elsewhere in Walt Disney World. However, here is what we are seeing reported:
Tom Sawyer Island always closes at dusk; today, that will be much earlier. The island will open at 11 a.m., but it will close at 2 p.m. during the eclipse and stayed closed for the remainder of the day. The Festival of Fantasy parade is still a go for 2:00 today.
If the animals were to get a little stirred up during the eclipse, Disney is already taking precautions. The animal trails at Animal Kingdom are going to be temporarily closed from the beginning of the eclipse and will reopen when it is over and safe to do so. As of the publication of this article, there have been no confirmation about Kilimanjaro Safari pausing its operation.
Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon
Some guests want to experience the eclipse at the beach. For those guests, they are in luck; both waterparks will remain open however some attractions will be shut down during the eclipse. While the eclipse is occurring, nighttime lighting will be used in both parks. We are also hearing that additional entertainment may be provided as well.
Disney Water Transportation
Now, this is interesting because it is a little vague. All of the water activities that take place on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon may not be in operation today between the hours of 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. We are not sure if this includes the ferryboats and resort boats, but parasailing, fishing, and other activities will not be taking place during those hours on Aug. 21.
If anyone is at the parks for the eclipse (Disney or otherwise), please share updates with us. Stay safe out there today, Coaster Addicts.