Are you traveling to the most magical place on earth in August? If so, you may experience ride and attraction closures for refurbishment. August is considered a “slower” time of the year in Disney terms—heat but smaller crowds—and after the majority of summer travelers head back home Disney is taking advantage and will close and update some attractions.
So far on the list is the Liberty Belle River Boat located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom, Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel in the Magic Kingdom, and MuppetVision 3D in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There may be other rides and attractions added to the list.
What can a guest do? Well, knowing what rides and attractions are closed can be half of the battle. There’s nothing like the build up to a much anticipated ride or attraction, only to find out upon arrival that it is not available. The touring plan has to be revamped and sore feelings soothed. This kind of disappointment can be avoided when you know what rides or attractions are closed ahead of time.
For example, during our last trip to the World, we were only going to spend one day in the parks. Deciding between Studios and EPCOT was difficult. But knowing that Test Track was closed for refurbishment helped us decide—we went to Studios.
Another strategy to combat ride or attraction closures is to change the time of your trip, if possible. Guests traveling at “off peak” times know that while they will be treated to less crowded parks, they will also find shorter park hours and ride closures. Guests traveling at busier times of the year, will find park hours extended, extra dining locations open, and special shows or attractions added to the list of all the other rides and attractions in addition to thicker crowds. It is a trade off and guests traveling to Walt Disney World have to decide what is more important—access to everything OR smaller crowds.
If your trip is “once in a lifetime” then going during a time when all the rides and attractions are open will be important. Also know that even when everything is open, it is difficult, if not impossible, to do and see everything. For those of us who know we are coming back, there are no worries when a ride or attraction is closed. We know we will catch it next trip. . . and look forward to experiencing the improvements!