Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and shows to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.

So far in 2018 we've already said goodbye to a lot of attractions, but it looks like the closures are going to keep coming, with character experiences, a parade, a whole land, and Epcot's nighttime spectacular all set to close in the next year. 

1. Star Lord and Groot character experience 

Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Status: Closing permanently September 29th 

Though the Guardians of the Galaxy ride is still a few years away, it looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy will be taking a break from Walt Disney World for now, as the Star Lord and Groot meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be ending on September 29th. 

After this closure this meet and greet space will be renovated to make way for Mike and Sully from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc to return to Disney's Hollywood Studios on January 18 2019. 

2. Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial 


Location: Magic Kingdom

Status: Closing permanently September 29th 

Also on September 29th, Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial, which has been part of the Adventureland lineup at the Magic Kingdom since 2006, will also be sailing off into the sunset. No replacement for this long-running interactive character experience is expected. 

3. Rafiki's Planet Watch 

Conservation Station

Image: Loren Javier, Flickr (license)

Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Status: Closing permanently October 20

After rumors surfaced about Rafiki's Planet Watch switching to seasonal operation earlier this month it was revealed this attraction would actually be closing forever on October 20th. Unfortunately, this means the Wildlife Express train will not run after this time and the entire conservation station (including the Affection Section petting zoo) will be shut down.

Interestingly, the veterinary facilities here will continue to operate, as they are necessary for the care of the animals at the park, but everything else is expected to be closed since this attraction will not be reopening at all. Inside sources say that some of the experiences inside this land will possibly be moved elsewhere, but it is unclear at this point which of these experience are even able to be relocated, aside from the character interactions since things like the petting zoo and other attractions required the animal facilities that were housed in this area


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