Magic Kingdom Opens Without Fan-Favorite Rides

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Magic Kingdom is, perhaps, Walt Disney World Resort’s most iconic theme park. As the “Castle Park” at Disney’s flagship property, Magic Kingdom is home to some incredibly popular rides and attractions.

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This morning, however, Magic Kingdom opened to Guests without two fan-favorite rides. Both Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain were down at rope drop today.

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WDW Stats on Twitter also confirmed the unexpected downtime for both attractions.

The account also confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean reopened following a 73-minute closure.

Splash Mountain also reopened following a 106-minute interruption.

At the time of publication, the exact reason for the Disney World ride closures is unknown but it is important to note that attractions experience unexpected technical difficulties from time to time so make sure to keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app or ask a nearby Cast Member for information on attractions, wait times, and downtimes.

Additionally, Splash Mountain is set to undergo a minor roof refurbishment in the near future, but was not scheduled to be closed today. It has not yet been announced when the log flume ride will close for its Princess and the Frog retheme.

More on Splash Mountain

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Disney officially describes the current version of Splash Mountain as:

Gently drift through a colorful Southern bayou along with happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit as he looks for his “laughing place.” But be warned: Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of this wayward hare. 

Glide by over 100 adorable Audio-Animatronics geese, frogs, raccoons, possums, bees, alligators and other down-home critters as they sing classic Disney ditties, including “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and “Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place.”

Then hang on to your hats—this delightful musical cruise ends in an exciting 5-story splashdown into a thorny Briar Patch!

More on Pirates of the Caribbean

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Disney officially describes the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean ride as:

Board a weathered barge for a treacherous voyage to the 17th century, when rowdy rogues and ruthless rapscallions ransacked Caribbean seaport towns. Sing along as pirates serenade you with their anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).”

Sail past haunted Dead Man’s Cove. Navigate cannon fire between a Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun galleon. Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ as flames engulf a seaside town.

Be sure to keep a spry eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow, from The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Ye beware, mateys: Dead men tell no tales!

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This article has been updated since it was originally published.

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