TWO Popular Magic Kingdom Rides Close at Park Opening

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This morning, Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park opened at 9 a.m. EST, and, almost immediately, two of the theme park’s most popular rides — Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean — temporarily closed.

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WDW Stats on Twitter confirmed the closures, first with Pirates of the Caribbean at 9:04 a.m.:

Pirates of the Caribbean has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 32 minutes.

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Then, Jungle Cruise closed just four minutes later at 9:08 a.m. EST. It is, however, worth noting that the Jungel Cruise closure was brief and the ride has no reopened:

Jungle Cruise has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 56 minutes.

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At the time of publication, Pirates of the Caribbean remains closed.

Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members do everything they can to keep rides and attractions operational all day, every day. However, on occasion, unexpected downtime does occur. These temporary interruptions can be due to mechanical problems or general maintenance.

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If you are at any of Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — today, check the My Disney Experience app for the latest ride closure information and wait times.

More on Pirates of the Caribbean

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The official Disney World description of Pirates of the Caribbean reads:

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!

More on Jungle Cruise

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The official Disney World description of Jungle Cruise reads:

Embark on a river cruise where dangerous beasts and dry wit abound. Board a canopied tramp steamer piloted by your trusty skipper, who will expertly navigate you through some of the world’s most treacherous waters.

Steam past lush foliage, butterflies and waterfalls on the Amazon in South America. Glimpse an abandoned camp overrun by curious gorillas on the shores of the African Congo.

Along the Nile, watch for bathing elephants, angry hippos and hungry lions. Your cruise continues down the Mekong River in Asia, home to baboons, cobras and other fearsomely life-like creatures.

It’s a 10-minute, 10,000-mile journey that you won’t soon forget!

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