The Day Everything Went Wrong in Disney World

You can hit a seriously ROUGH day in Disney World sometimes.

Rainy day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We know that a whole bunch of things can happen that can challenge your plans: Florida weather can be unpredictable, rides can just stop working, and things occasionally get canceled — but all at once?! That’s exactly what happened to us in the summer of 2022. Let’s take a look at all the closures, cancellations, and difficulties that hit guests visiting the parks on one particularly rough day in 2022!

It all started in the morning on June 18th when we arrived in Magic Kingdom and saw that Space Mountain was temporarily closed due to technical issues.

Space Mountain

While no guests could ride the attraction for a few hours — a BIG bummer — we did catch a glimpse of what the attraction looks like with the lights on! The silver lining, we guess?

Lights are on in Space Mountain!

But, the issues didn’t end there. Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, THREE shows were canceled that morning! It started with the 11AM performance of Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage being canceled (with a Cast Member sharing that more shows could be impacted). Then the Pixar Pals Cavalcade was postponed (though it did end up happening — just a little delayed!).

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage temporarily closed

And, THEN, the Indiana Jones EPIC Stunt Spectacular suffered from some technical issues that caused it to stop mid-show due to a technical problem with the temple scene. A Cast Member explained that the walls in the first scene of the show weren’t moving and, due to this, only the first scene was done in the following performances. Cast Members shared that they were “working on the problem” and encouraging guests to come back later for the full show.

On top of all that, Disney World spent part of the afternoon under a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service, which estimated that the heat index could be 108 degrees or higher. That’s hot!

It’s HOT out there!

And, it was as if the Florida weather said “hold my beer” — just when we didn’t the weather could get worse, thunderstorm warnings started to come in and lightning was spotted nearby.

This then threw a bit of wrench into many guests’ plans (including ours) as many outdoor rides had to close with lightning in the area, including Big Thunder Mountain, the Skyliner, and Boats. Plus, performances of Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire in Magic Kingdom were also canceled because of the weather.

Sometimes you’ll see this sign by the Skyliner

So let’s just say that Disney World had…a day. What if you end up in Disney World on a day like this? Well, these are great times to pivot your expectations and do some things you normally wouldn’t do. Visit the attractions that are open during storms, including some you may have never experienced or don’t ride often. You can also always shop or grab a snack or meal while you wait out the closures.

You never know — you might discover your new favorite thing to do in Disney World!

Time to go shopping?

We always recommend keeping an eye on the My Disney Experience app as well to keep track of delays and closures. If you’re able to catch rides right when they first reopen, you can end up beating the crowds and walk right on some of Disney World’s most popular rides!

And, when it comes to the weather, be sure that you’re heading into the parks prepared for anything that might happen in the Florida summer. We’ve got a full list of our must-have items here!

As always, we’ll continue to keep you covered on the situation in Disney World, so stay tuned to AllEars for more!

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Have you ever been to Disney World when the resort was having a bad day? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Replies to “The Day Everything Went Wrong in Disney World”

  1. I don’t know why Disney won’t just admit that they are falling apart in this new economy.
    We were just at the parks a week ago. Thank God this time people weren’t asking us to mask up (even outdoors) every 2 minutes (that was officially the worst Disney vacation ever!), but they are clearly way way way understaffed! Most rides with large capacity only had 1/4 of the staff or the ride running (Pandora, Tower of Terror, Soarin, or every restaurant in the park). Months before the trip, the app informed us that every park except Epcot was fully booked…so we had to continually check back in until an opening was released to make sure we could visit more than one park on our week long trip. When we finally got into the parks they seemed 1/2 empty (we’ve been to Disney over 25 times – so yes I know what they normally feel like)…I was so confused why we had such a hard time just getting a park reservation. After a few days we realized what the problem really is…they have no staff. Everything literally takes 2-3 times longer to do because no one is trained and every aspect of the park is understaffed.
    I wouldn’t be as disappointed knowing the current climate we are in, but it’s hard to just accept it when Disney has raised prices on everything (don’t get me started with the paid fast passes that don’t really get you on many rides because they all get taken by noon, the extra charges on top of that to ride just one great ride) but you still just sit in longer and longer lines than ever before.

    I don’t know how Disney will get out of this jam. As people pay higher and higher prices their natural expeditions will keep climbing, but the rides will keep failing, shows will keep getting canceled and more people will be dissatisfied if they don’t turn the ship around.