I’ve been with the family now to Disney World twice. A couple of years ago, there were a number of things closed that were a bummer. But this year, the number of things closed seemed excessive.
In the Magic Kingdom, the Railroad was closed – the whole thing. And this was disappointing because it seemed to be unscheduled.
In Epcot, Soarin was closed. This one we knew about ahead of time and it is undergoing big changes, so the closure is understandable. But still a bummer.
The only thing we noticed in Animal Kingdom is the paths around the Tree Of Life were closed. Disappointing, but that wasn’t something that we were really looking forward to doing.
In Hollywood Studios, there were big changes. Honey I Shrunk the Kids, a family favorite, is gone. The Streets Of America is closed – and this time is a particular bummer because since our last visit to Hollywood Studios, we’ve been to New York and San Fransisco and the idea that they could be in both places at the same time and experience the fakery of a “back lot” would have been great. But nope, all closed. Same with the Lights Motors Action. Mater and Lightning are gone from their spot. And Phineas & Ferb are no longer hanging around to greet people there. I think this is all in an effort to build a new Star Wars area, but that didn’t help us on this visit.
Overall, it felt like about 80% of what we wanted to do was open for us to do. And no surprise, we still had to pay 100% of the admission to get in. Again, I know closures are inevitable, but it sure seems like we hit the parks at their nadir.