Solar Eclipse 2017: What to expect at Walt Disney World today, how to watch online with NASA

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In case you missed it, a total solar eclipse is taking place across North America today, which hasn’t happened here since 1979. Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the U.S. will experience more than 2 minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. A partial eclipse will be visible across all of North America.

It’s an exciting event but if you’re visiting Walt Disney World today there are going to be some slight schedule changes due to the eclipse. Here’s what you need to know:

Walt Disney World isn’t hosting any special events or distributing eclipse viewing glasses, which are required for the experience – looking directly at the eclipse can cause damage to your eyes.

  • Tom Sawyer Island in Magic Kingdom is closing at 2:00PM. It’s expected to reopen after the eclipse.
  • Animal trails in Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close prior to the eclipse and reopen once visibility returns.
  • Attractions at Blizzard Beach may close temporarily as needed. There will be live entertainment on the beach with additional lighting.
  • Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, which offers watercraft rentals for Seven Seas Lagoon, will be closed from 12PM to 5:00PM.

No changes are in place for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Typhoon Lagoon.

As a bonus for guests visiting Disney Springs, the Black Velvet cupcake has returned to Sprinkles for one day only in honor of the eclipse.

No schedule changes are expected at Universal Orlando, but the park has signs reminding guests of today’s eclipse.

The height of the eclipse in Central Florida is around 2:30PM. In California, peak viewing time is 9:00AM PST.

NASA is live streaming the eclipse on various channels so if you can’t watch the real thing with proper safety glasses or a pinhole projector, head to one of these sites. For more streaming locations, visit the NASA website.

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