Though this summer got off to a blockbuster start with the opening of Pandora- The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the addition of two new shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, things have been relatively quiet at Walt Disney World this summer, with crowd levels receding in recent weeks. However, it looks like things are going to be heating up next month with some interesting things happening across Walt Disney World that could bring big crowds back to the parks. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re visiting Walt Disney World in August.
1 Two attractions are set to close on August 13
It’s hard to believe, but in less than three weeks, Walt Disney World will be closing both Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot as well as The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While the former may not be much of a nostalgia pull, The Great Movie Ride is the last remaining opening day attraction from the park formerly known as Disney – MGM Studios, and served as a mission statement of sorts for the park that, once upon a time, aimed to take guests into the world of the making of the movies.
As we get closer to the closing of these two attractions, fans who want to experience these rides one last time before this date should know a few things. First of all, the Universe of Energy in Future World at Epcot closes earlier than the park at large, so if you arrive late and are wanting to hit this slow-moving attraction after your dinner reservations, you may want to double check the hours for this attraction to ensure you can experience it.
As for The Great Movie Ride, unfortunately wait times have already been elevated over the past few days, and FastPass+ reservations for the final days of this attraction have been harder and harder to come by. And as we head into the home stretch for this attraction, we’d expect this trend to continue, so if you’re really wanting to say goodbye to this journey into the movies, you’ll want to get to the park early, or resign yourself to waiting in a 60 minute or longer line.
2. PhotoPass day will return August 19
Several weeks ago Disney surprised fans by announcing that it would be bringing back PhotoPass Day for a second year, again on August 19th. Last year this event, which allowed guests to take free PhotoPass pictures at designated spots around Walt Disney World as well as get some shots with rare and hard-to-find characters at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, was a surprise hit, and Disney has said that this year's event will be bigger and better than the last.
Though Disney hasn't yet announced what specifically will constitute this bigger event, it has been confirmed that Disney will at least be expanding the rare character offerings to all four parks, as last year's event only saw rare characters appear at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, which will hopefully mean shorter lines. Last year's event was an unexpected hit, and lines for rare characters like Mushu swelled to several hours almost as soon as they were available, which was a bit of a hassle for guests who didn't want to stand for a long time in the sun while the summer heat was beating down. Hopefully by spreading this event out a little bit more across all of Walt Disney World, the lines for rare character meet and greets won't be as intense for the 2017 edition of PhotoPass day.