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primeval whirl

Seasonal closures are nothing new at Walt Disney World but sometimes its hard to tell when something is truly only operating seasonally or standing but not operating (as we've seen most recently with Stitch's Great Escape). However, over the recently busy President's Day Weekend at the resort saw some long-closed attractions reopen, giving us a sense of what is currently operating seasonally...and what is not.

1. The Muppets Present...Great Moments in History 

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Though it was announced last year that The Muppets Present...Great Moments in History was going to close at the Magic Kingdom, Disney surprised us by bringing this attraction not once but twice for a limited time during high traffic periods.

Unfortunately, this version is a bit slimmed down, omitting the "JJ" character and only [performing the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" story during each limited-time return. However, this now-seasonal attraction has proved to be a hit for guests at the Magic Kingdom during heavy traffic periods, and hopefully we'll see it back again during Spring Break and maybe even summer!

2. Primeval Whirl

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After an unexpected (and unexplained) four month refurbishment in 2019 we expected that we had seen the last of Primeval Whirl at Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, this attraction unexpectedly reopened at Disney's Animal Kingdom a few times in 2019, and then once more this past weekend. This was especially surprising considering Disney's official attraction page for this ride was updated last year with a “Temporarily Closed” notice, which is the same status that the long-closed Stitch’s Great Escape had on its attraction page as well, and we're pretty sure that attraction is not going to be opening back up ever again..

Because of this attraction's fluctuating operations, no FastPass+ reservations are available at all for Primeval Whirl, but if you end up visiting Disney's Animal Kigdom during a very busy day, you just might be able to catch a ride on this attraction!  

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