Magic Kingdom Newsworthy Notes – 4/29/14

by on April 29, 2014 16 Comments

Filed under: Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL)

A few minor news pieces have crept across my desk recently that have to do with the Magic Kingdom that are of interest to many. Here’s what you should know:

First, there’s a very large media event taking place this week, which means it is going to impact some areas of the parks. Here’s what will impacted:

  • May 1 – The following locations will close at 5 p.m. to park guests:
    • Gaston’s Tavern
    • Bonjour! Village Gifts
    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Ariel’s Grotto
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Hundred Acre Goods
    • Storybook Treats
  • May 2 – There will be a delayed opening of Storybook Circus and parts of Tomorrowland:

Opening at 11 a.m.:

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Big Top Souvenirs
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

Opening at 12:15 p.m.:

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

I’ve mentioned before about how the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and the Astro Orbiter will have refurbishments this summer. Those refurb dates have now been pushed back. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority will now be closed June 2 through August 4, reopening August 5. The Astro Orbiter will be closed from June 2 through September 19, reopening on September 20. In addition, the Liberty Square Riverboat will see its fall refurbishment from August 4-8, reopening on August 9.

Finally, in FastPass+ news (I know, throwing in something that’s not specifically only for the Magic Kingdom here), the kiosks found in the parks will now have the functionality to offer Spanish for guests. Additional language functionality is coming in the future.



Posted on April 29, 2014

16 Responses to “Magic Kingdom Newsworthy Notes – 4/29/14”

  • Hmmmmm, I just *wonder* what all THAT could be about! ~wink, wink, nudge, nudge, whistle, whistle~

    (on a side note, very happy to see that Peoplemover has been pushed back for refurb. Arriving on the 3rd of May and was so disappointed it wasn’t going to be operational. Now i’m quite happy 🙂 )

  • Going to be in MK on 5/2. Do you expect the media event to affect MK crowd level or waits at certain rides?

    Also, I noticed that “Under the Sea” isn’t accepting FF+ reservations before 11am on 5/2 (but Pooh is), which makes me wonder if that also won’t be closed ….

  • When can we expect more info on the 24-hour event on May 23-24? We’ll be there and are hoping to learn more about what attractions will be operating (and times), what special events are planned (and times), etc.

  • THANK YOU for your timely updates!!! I check your site daily. I am THRILLED to know TTA is going to now be open during my upcoming travel dates!!! Thank you for making my night so happy!

  • Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I am absolutely gutted – the people mover is NOW going to be closed for our trip in July. With the previous dates it should have just reopened, but now….. My daughter is absolutely devastated, its her favourite ride (and she’s almost 18!).
    Andrew and Stacy – you are going to have to ride it MANY, MANY times for me please?

    • Oh no! I’m sorry for the change for you. I’ll think of you and your daughter!

    • Trust me, I feel your pain! It’s amazing how a simple little walk-on attraction like this can be such a show stopper! Last year when we were there we were riding it and Space Mountain had an unexpected break down and needed to be worked on for a few hours and all the lights were on. The Peoplemover gives you that little insight where you can see things you wouldn’t normally! Not to mention it’s such a nice break…..

      I am sorry it’s shut down for you :/

      • Thanks – we have been on it when the lights were on in space mountain too – if they were on permanently I could probably do that ride – I’m too scared otherwise 🙂
        I guess we’ve become more accepting of the fact now, there’s always something in refurb, last trip it was Test Track which we also love and were disappointed to miss out on so we are looking forward to actually riding that this year:)
        Hope you have a great trip!

  • I see that your refurbishment list still lists the People Mover reopening on 9/19. I’m assuming that we should go by this post instead of the refurb schedule page?

    • by David Davies on April 30, 2014, at 1:29 pm EST

      We expect the PeopleMover to reopen on August 6, 2014, and that has been changed on our site. However, note that Disney can (and often does) change dates of its planned refurbishments. The TTA refurb, in particular, has been moved at least twice so far in 2014.

  • Will the refurb schedule page reflect this change? I think the People Mover end date still shows 9/19. Thanks!

  • I am so happy that the Peoplemover will be now be open during our May 10-15 trip! It’s one of my all time favorite rides (I still miss Toad…) and this update totally made my day!