Disney World Guests Face Multiple Attraction Closures at Park Open

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Low crowds at Magic Kingdom's Frontierland with rip diagonally across the image

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Disney World attraction closures are commonplace. Whenever a ride or experience at the Parks is scheduled for downtime, the respective website, plus the app, will alert Guests to the closure. However, disappointment can arise when rides go down unexpectedly, especially during special hours like Early Theme Park Entry.

A rainbow crosses the sky over Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle
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Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Central Florida) is a place for Disney theme park magic. Opening over 15 years after Walt Disney’s original amusement park playground, the now-named Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, Southern California) debuted to delighted Guests, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom made a huge entrance into the theme park space, and the Resort still attracts millions of fans to this day.

The Parks just wrapped up its 50th anniversary celebrations with nighttime spectaculars like Cinderella Castle’s Disney Enchantment and World Showcase Lagoon’s Harmonious coming to an end. The anniversary timeframe was also the background for Splash Moutain’s closure, making way for the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind with Spaceship Earth in the background at EPCOT
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There is still plenty for Guests to see and experience at the Disney Park. In fact, in just over a year, the Disney Resort debuted two new e-ticket attractions — Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery at EPCOT, and most recently, TRON Lightcycle \ Run in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.

And while both of these rides require a virtual queue boarding pass or an a la carte Lightning Lane reservation, all other Disney World attractions can be experienced through both the traditional standby queue or, for some, through the paid-for “FastPass” service, Disney Genie+.

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom
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The long lines Disney attractions are known for is why many Guests that stay on property in one of the Disney hotel Resorts utilize the Early Theme Park Entry hours. Operating on most days, Early Theme Park Entry allows those Guests staying at a Disney World hotel the opportunity to enter the Parks earlier than day Guests or those staying outside of the Resort.

But, this morning (Tuesday, May 23, 2023), multiple rides did not open with the Resort, leaving those rope-dropping three of the four Disney World theme parks were left without certain options.

Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park
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Per WDW Stats (@WdwStats) on Twitter, we can see that four rides did not open across Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 35 minutes. #HollywoodStudios #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

Na’vi River Journey has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 117 minutes. #AnimalKingdom #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

Peter Pan’s Flight has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 10 minutes. #MagicKingdom #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

While the above three attractions did open not too long after the Parks opened for Early Theme Park Entry, Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom was down for an extended period of time, only just opening after a period of over two hours.

Space Mountain has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 83 minutes. #SpaceMountain #MagicKingdom #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

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Per today’s theme park calendar via the Walt Disney World Resort official website, Early Theme Park Entry hours for Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT were 8:30 a.m. through 9 a.m. For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the entry was 8 a.m. through 8:30 a.m.

For the full list of hotel Resorts that are eligible for Early Theme Park Entry, head here.

For the full list of current Disney World attraction closures, head here.

Have you ever been disappointed over surprise Disney World attraction closures? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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