At one point or another, chances are you’ve seen select rides closed in Disney World due to weather.
But, how exactly does weather affect certain rides? It could not even be raining, but suddenly, your favorite ride is not running and the app says it’s a weather-related issue. Well, if you’ve ever wondered why this happens, we’ve got the explanation!
This week we had the perfect example of what happens when rides get closed due to weather. It was cloudy at Magic Kingdom, but it wasn’t raining. However, we noticed that rides were beginning to close. Over at Barnstormer, guests were walking out of the line because the ride was closed due to weather.
For many guests this might not make sense because, at the time, there didn’t seem to be any weather issues. However, if lightning is spotted within a specific region in or around Disney World, outdoor attractions get shut down -due to Disney’s policy. Outdoor kiosks like popcorn carts get closed, too.
Tom Sawyer Island was also closed down due to weather.
Pretty much every ride, cart, feature, etc. at Disney World that is outdoors was shut down, due to lightning in the area. On the other hand, if it’s raining cats and dogs but there is no lightning, those outdoor attractions may continue to run.
So next time you’re at Disney World and rides start shutting down for weather, you’ll know that there’s a storm nearby with lightning, and Disney will wait for it to pass to safely resume operation of the rides.
Have you ever been to Disney World with rides shut down due to lightning? Let us know in the comments.
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