Walt Disney World Making Plans to Accommodate the Solar Eclipse

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I am sure you are all aware about the solar eclipse that is expected on Monday, August 21st.  In the Central Florida area, the eclipse is expected to cause an 80% to 90% blockage of the sun.  There is a possibility for a brief period of darkness between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM EST.  This is sure to create some great photos and views of the different landmarks and buildings around the theme parks.  There have been no official activities or special events announced by Disney, but there have been changes to operational hours to certain events and attractions around Walt Disney World to help ensure guest safety.


Here are the current operational changes at specific attractions:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Tom Sawyer Island:  The attraction is scheduled to close on 2 PM and will remain closed the rest of the day.

Animal Kingdom:

  • Trails:  The walking trails at the park will close prior to the eclipse starting and then will open again once the eclipse is over.

Water Parks:

  • Blizzard Beach:  Will close as needed depending on the level of darkness.  There will be various entertainment on the beach.  Some nighttime lighting has been added, but Typhoon Lagoon is more equipped for darkness, so there will be buses running directly form Blizzard Beach to Typhoon Lagoon during 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM.
  • Typhoon Lagoon:  Guests will be able to enjoy the park even during any darkness.  The park is equipped with nighttime lighting, so there should be no impact to enjoying this water park.

Recreation and Transportation:

  • Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre:  The center will be closed from 12 PM to 5 PM.  All lake activities will be closed for the day.
  • Ferry Transportation:  It looks like the ferry and boat transportation will be closed from 12 PM to 5 PM in accordance with the closure of all lake activities.

We will keep you posted on other changes and announcements planned for those of you who plan to enjoy the solar eclipse at Walt Disney World.  Who will be at Walt Disney World on Monday?


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!