PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom & Disney’s Hollywood Studios 2/13/21 (Bad Storms, Long Lines, Attraction Downtime, Merida Meet and Greet Open, and More)
Welcome to, as the Osceola Parkway entrance now states, “The Most Magical Place On Earth!” Despite this magic, we have some very real weather to contend with as thunderstorms collide with Walt Disney World for most of the morning. We’re also contending with holiday weekend crowds here at the Magic Kingdom as Presidents Day approaches.
We arrived at the front gates this morning via bus — because the Express Line wasn’t operating. We quickly found out the culprit was Monorail Lime, which was being towed offstage.
The refurbishment of Bonjour! Village Gifts seems to be nearing completion as most of the shop has been freed from rolling planters, but small detail work is continuing on this West end of the building.
It was at this point that the skies let loose for about an hour, dumping lots of rain on the Magic Kingdom and also bringing a plethora of lightning which shut down all of the outdoor attractions.
As you can see here, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jungle Cruise were all shut down by late morning. Keen readers will realize that one of these things is not like the others, however.
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In Tomorrowland, Buzz Lightyear finally made it to the stage after things had dried out a little.
Unfortunately, while the closures due to weather were over, Astro Orbiter was down for other reasons, making Rocket Tower Plaza a bit of a dreary place for a short time.
Back to Fantasyland, the queue for “it’s a small world” was once again utilizing backstage areas.
Peter Pan’s Flight, which is still using Columbia Harbor House for it’s queue, eventually had too long of a line and guests were turned away when they tried to enter it.
Beginning to round out our day, we caught the Mickey and Friends Cavalcade as it entered Frontierland.
Pirates of the Caribbean, the attraction that didn’t fit with Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise as it’s indoors, remained closed after noon today. It’s closure was due to technical issues, but it eventually opened before 1:00pm.
As we exited the park, Valentine’s Day balloons were being sold on Main Street, and Mickey and Minnie floated down the way towards Cinderella Castle.
We picked up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios not far from where we left off at Magic Kingdom — with Mickey and his pals. We feel pretty lucky having picked the same park to hop to as Mickey did for his afternoon appearances.
Over in Galaxy’s Edge, the Rise of the Resistance sign which has an option for a wait time was out today — though we question if the attraction will ever have a standby option during that signs usable lifespan. The larger, rolling sign was being used as a seating area today.
At Tatooine Traders, opening day Rise of the Resistance Passholder t-shirts were available for sale, well over a year after the attraction’s debut.
Thanks for tagging along with us as we toured the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this busy, rainy day. What do you think of the crowds, lines, and wait times in Walt Disney World these days? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.