Solar Eclipse to Impact Select Walt Disney World Attractions

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be seen across the United States from coast to coast. During the eclipse, the moon will pass in between the Earth and the sun, causing a shadow on Earth (you can learn more by clicking on this link). This rare, natural event is expected to be visible in the Central Florida area from approximately 1:15-4:30 p.m. For this reason, select attractions located across the Walt Disney World Resort may be temporarily unavailable due to low visibility.

Tom Sawyer Island will end operation at 2 p.m. and remain closed for the remainder of the day.

The animal trails will temporarily close prior to the onset of darkness. They will resume operations as natural lighting allows. 

The park will close attractions as needed during this time, depending on light levels at the park. In addition, Blizzard Beach will have entertainment at the beach area with additional lighting when light levels reduce and a direct Disney Transportation shuttle to Typhoon Lagoon from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Typhoon Lagoon will utilize their nighttime lights as needed and continue to operate with little to no impact to Guests.

Interested in viewing the eclipse on Monday? Then, be sure to review the following information:

1) Can I just look up to the sky to watch it? According to the National Weather Service, the only way to safely observe a partially eclipsed sun is through special solar filtered glasses. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Additional information can be found here.

2) Can I purchase the recommended glasses to watch an eclipse at Walt Disney World? No.

3) Where can Guests view the eclipse if they don't have the appropriate glasses? Guests staying in a Disney resort can check their in-room television to watch news coverage of the eclipse or view it online using personal mobile devices.

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  1. The sun will only be covered by around 85% in the WDW area. It will not be total; however, it will be noticeably darker.

  2. What will happen to Sonny Eclipse during the Solar Eclipse ?
    Just saying..........

    1. Sonny will play a duet with the solar eclipse.


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