Disney World Cuts Operations: 50% Attraction Closure Begins Tomorrow

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A friendly Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck character wave outside at Disney Park. An electronic road sign in the forefront announces “Disney Parks Closed.” In the background, Spaceship Earth at EPCOT is visible. The sky is clear and trees surround the area.

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While EPCOT has been expanding heavily over the recent years, a closure has just been reported that will affect one of the pavilions in the World Showcase in a large way.

A large geodesic sphere, known as Spaceship Earth, is illuminated in vibrant rainbow colors against the night sky. Flags can be seen in the bottom right near trees silhouetted by the glow of the lights.
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Walt Disney World Resort continues its relentless pursuit of magic with exciting enhancements across its theme parks. Among these, EPCOT, the park renowned for its global celebration of cultures and technology, is poised for a transformative leap forward.

Following the recent additions of thrilling attractions like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and TRON Lightycycle / Run, Disney is setting the stage for even more immersive experiences. Magic Kingdom will soon unveil Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a vibrant reimagining of Splash Mountain, while whispers of “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” and an Animal Kingdom expansion hint at future adventures that has rumored additions of Encanto, Coco, and Indiana Jones. 

That being said, EPCOT’s transformation takes center stage.

The park, long known for its World Showcase, is embracing a spirit of innovation with a focus on enhancing guest experiences. The recent addition of Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, represents just the beginning of this exciting evolution.

A large topiary sculpture of a woman, lush and green, set in a vibrant garden with trees, colorful flowers, and a view of a large geodesic sphere in the background under a sunny sky.
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With the completion of CommuniCore Hall and Plaza on June 10, EPCOT will reach a pivotal moment. These meticulously designed spaces extend the allure of the park’s celebrated festivals beyond the World Showcase, providing a dynamic new hub for immersive exhibits and captivating entertainment like the upcoming and limited time ¡Celebración Encanto! show.

For both seasoned Disney fans and first-time visitors, CommuniCore Hall and Plaza are a cause for excitement. These spaces transcend mere structures, embodying the spirit of community and connection.

Here, guests can gather with loved ones, create lasting memories, and embark on a journey of wonder after taking a photo with Walt Disney at Dreamers Point.

At the heart of this expansion lies CommuniCore Plaza, a vibrant gathering place designed to foster interaction and discovery. This dynamic hub promises a captivating fusion of entertainment, dining, and interactive experiences, all woven into the tapestry of EPCOT’s iconic architecture.

Rope drop crowds waiting at EPCOT during Disney Resort Early Entry.
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Adjacent to the plaza stands CommuniCore Hall, a marvel of design that pays homage to EPCOT’s rich legacy while embracing the boundless possibilities of the future.

Within its walls, a diverse range of attractions awaits, from cutting-edge displays showcasing groundbreaking technologies to captivating presentations that celebrate the wonders of our world and endless hours of meet and greets with your favorite Disney characters.

While a lot is being added to EPCOT, tomorrow, we will see part of an attraction shut down for an extended closure.

While it would be sad to see The American Adventure shut down today, as it is Memorial Day, tomorrow, part of the attraction area will be closed.

The George W. Bush Institute is lending 60 portraits of service members and veterans, painted by former President George W. Bush, to the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT. This new gallery means another must leave Disney World.

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The American Heritage Gallery, currently inside the American Adventure Pavilion, will close for refurbishment starting tomorrow, May 28, 2024, removing half of the offerings in The American Adventure.

The portraits will debut in this space on June 9, 2024, as part of the Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors exhibit. Each portrait is accompanied by a biography written by the former President. Information about resources to support veterans and their families will also be available inside the exhibit.

American Adventure at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort
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The goal of the exhibit is to“remember the leadership, service, and sacrifice behind each of the heroes painted and the unique challenges our service members and their families face when transitioning out of the military,” according to Ken Hersh, president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

This is not the only closure happening in EPCOT.

The Disney Vacation Club member lounge located in the Imagination Pavilion is also set to close soon. It will shut its doors for refurbishment for over a month starting on June 2nd. During this period, members can visit the Odyssey Pavilion, which will serve as a temporary lounge location.

Additionally, the closure of The American Adventure will not be the only political closure in June.

Walt Disney World has advised that The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square will be unavailable to guests for a brief period. The attraction will be closed on Sunday, June 9, and Monday, June 10, 2024.

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This closure is not currently listed as a refurbishment on the official calendar, and it’s possible the theater will be used for a special event. Regular operating hours are listed for the attraction before and after these dates.

For guests looking for alternative entertainment options during this time, similar sit-down theater experiences can be found at Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Fantasyland or the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.

 What Disney attraction do you think is in need of a refurbishment? 

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