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The 8 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World This Week (December 18-26, 2017)

This week at Walt Disney World, The Hall of Presidents reopens, the Magic Kingdom closes on Christmas plus a popular annual passholder perk is discountinued! 

Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!

1. The Magic Kingdom closes on Christmas Day

Castle Dream Lights

Image: Disney

The busiest week of the year kicked off on Christmas Day with the biggest crowds so far this year, which forced the park to refuse guests for nearly four hours as the park filled to capacity in the early afternoon. Unfortunately, we're expecting to see more of the same as we head towards New Year's Day, so if you're thinking about heading to the parks this week, be prepared for big crowds and possible closures. 

2. Security changes happening at Disney hotels

Christmas Grand Floridian

Image: Disney

Walt Disney World is taking yet another security measure beginning this week that will see “Do Not Disturb” signs replaced with “Room Occupied” signs that will notify cast members that guests are in the rooms. Though this might not sound like a big deal, these new signs indicate that a Cast Member may enter the room at some point for any reason, including those related to guest safety. This change is already in effect at the hotels surrounding the Magic Kingdom, and will roll out to other locations in the coming days. 

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