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Walt Disney World has been open for almost a full month now and though the reopening has gone mostly to plan, we can't help but notice that there is one area where the resort seems to be struggling: maintenance. From animatronics going crazy to massive malfunctions on rides like Splash Mountain, there have been a lot of incidents recently where attractions simply aren't working the way they are supposed to.  

1. Carousel of Progress

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Right after reopening, one of the first attractions to suffer with maintenance issues was the Carousel of Progress, which a number of issues including speakers that didn't turn, missing music tracks, and issues with the animatronics, which included some wild behavior from the normally-subdued John, which you can check out here. The attraction has had some intermittent downtime since these incidents, but seems to be back to working order now. However, unfortunately this attraction's incident was just the first of nearly half a dozen that have happened since the parks reopened.

2. José Carioca falls down, and then disappears

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Over at Epcot, guests riding the Gran Fiesta Tour got a surprise a few weeks ago when the finale scene unexpectedly featured a face-down José Carioca, which you can see here. Unfortunately, this problem did not seem like a quick fix, and the malfunctioning animatronic was quickly removed and subsequently replaced with flowers (which you can see here), prompting some to wonder if this bird was out of the Three Caballeros for good! However, as of August 3, 2020, José Carioca has returned to this attraction and is back to his old singing self! 

3. Spaceship Earth displays World of Warcraft ad

Riders on Spaceship Earth last month encountered a strange glitch when the Spaceship Earth "choose your own future" touch screen accidentally displayed an Intel HD Graphics Control Panel featuring an ad for PC game World of Warcraft! This was a very temporary error and was fixed almost immediately, but you can see a funny video of this glitch here


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