As the holiday decorations begin to come down everywhere, Walt Disney World enters its “Off-Season.” It’s the time of year where everyone’s back to work or school, and the theme parks have a moment to breathe after sustaining the holiday crowds.
Usually, the “Off-Season” is between mid-January and early March, or whenever schools have Spring Break, and it’s the time of year Walt Disney World expects the least amount of people. That means fewer people to transport, fewer people to feed, and fewer people to disappoint with ride closures. Because of that, Walt Disney World makes the following changes:
Let’s begin with the Walt Disney World Transportation System. Inside the Magic has already reported that the bus schedule has diminished for guests staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort. Guests staying in those hotels are now asked to take the new Skyliner to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The EPCOT monorail schedule will also be diminished. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, Monorail service to and from the Transportation and Ticket Center will not begin until 10:00 a.m. EPCOT’s Future World generally opens around 9 am while World Showcase does not open until 11:00 a.m.
Attraction Changes and Closures
The off-season offers Walt Disney World the best opportunity to refurbish its attractions. Inside the Magic already reported that fan-favorite rides such as Splash Mountain, Khali River Rapids, and Test Track will be closed starting January 6, and will not open until the end of February or March.
Much of EPCOT will already be closed as the park continues to undergo the most ambitious park revamp in the history of Walt Disney World. As for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not be available to ride during Extra Magic Hours. Also, the Baseline Taphouse will no longer be open during Extra Magic Hours.
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will also be closed for refurbishments.
But the off-season does not only bring attraction closures. The Festival of Fantasy Parade is back on its 3 o’clock run time, and The Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT will see its operating hours extended. It will open at park opening and remain open until park closing.
Are you visiting Walt Disney World during this “Off-Season”? What advice would you give to someone visiting during the “Off-Season” for the first time? Let us know in the comments!