BREAKING: Magic Kingdom Attraction Opening Delayed!

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Hall of Presidents about a Magic Kingdom attraction's opening delayed

Here’s what you need to know about a Magic Kingdom attraction’s opening delayed,  plus the all the updates on news, weather, refurbishments and closings this week at Walt Disney World.

Hall of Presidents about a Magic Kingdom attraction's opening delayed

The Hall of Presidents will re-open soon! Photo by Judd Helms.

There’s a lot to keep track of at WDW, whether you’re going this week or planning a future trip – we have everything you need to know – keep reading!

New at Walt Disney World This Week

Join in the July 4th Celebration at Walt Disney World!  If you are visiting Walt Disney World during July 4th, listen up! There are some spectacular celebrations you won’t want to miss. First, Magic Kingdom has a special fireworks show called “Disney’s Celebrate America!” This will be presented at 9p.m. on both July 3rd and July 4th and takes the place of “Happily Ever After” for those nights. You can also enjoy fun dance parties in Tomorrowland and Frontierland. If you are in Epcot on July 4th, don’t miss the special Voices of Liberty concerts at the America Gardens Theater. You can also meet patriotic Mickey (and friends) at The American Adventure. Plus, don’t miss the extra patriotic grand finale of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. If you are hanging out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 4th, you can catch “Disney Movie Magic” at 9:00pm and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” at 9:30pm.

Find your Happily Ever After!  Merchandise inspired by the new nighttime spectacular at the Magic Kingdom, “Happily Ever After” can now be found at the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A. You can complement your wardrobe with a t-shirt, hat, and even a Tervis tumbler. There are also tank tops, pins, and light-up mouse ears. If you can’t make it to Walt Disney World any time soon, some items are also available on the Shop Disney Parks app.

You’ll Have to Wait A Little Longer for THIS Attraction

Delayed reopening for Magic Kingdom attraction. Disney’s Hall of Presidents, which was scheduled to reopen on June 29th, has had it’s opening delayed. Since 1993, all acting president Audio-Animatronics have had a speaking role, and the current president will be no exception. Disney has finally been able to schedule a recording session for President Trump’s speech. In addition to adding a new president, the Hall of Presidents attraction is getting a makeover as well. Expect to not only see a new show, but experience it in a refurbished theater with new sound and projection systems. While no date has been set, the Hall of Presidents should reopen in late 2017.

WDW Closings and Refurbishments in July

  • Mission Space will be closed through July 28th for refurbishment.
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria in Disney Springs will be closed until Fall 2017.
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will have room and Convention Center refurbishments
    through 2017.
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be undergoing refurbishments until sometime in
    2018. The renovations will close Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale,
    Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post. Other food options will be available during
    this time.
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will undergo refurbishments through late 2018.
  • Disney Quest is closing (again…really…this time) on July 3rd.

Don’t forget, closures are subject to change without notice. If you have your heart set on an attraction, be sure to check before you go. Also, check the parks for changes the day of your arrival.

Weather at WDW this week

Highs of 92°F / Lows of 73°F


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About the Author

Stephanie Shuster

I’m a life-long Disney devotee, living in Hamilton, Canada and dreaming of WDW every day. For me, Disney is more than a vacation destination – it’s my home away from home, a place to create treasured memories, and a lifestyle. As the Director of Operations for WDW Magazine, Dad’s Guide to WDW, WDW Discount Club, and The Best of WDW, I have the best job in the world – sharing Disney love, all day every day! I’m also a co-founder at It’s A FanGirl World!