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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Closed March 19 & 20

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed Tuesday, March 19 due to low temperatures forecasted for the area.  Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed on Wednesday, March 20; however Disney’s Blizzard Beach will reopen with normal operating hours from 10am to 5pm. Both water parks are scheduled to be open on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

To view the complete operating schedule for Walt Disney World Resort, please visitWaltDisneyWorld.com.

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closings at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.

ABC Reveals ‘American Idol’ Live Show Rollout and Announces Momentous Coast-to-Coast Simul-Vote

Following a successful new season launch, in which its Sunday premiere dominated the time period and ranked as the night’s No. 1 broadcast program among adults 18-49 on each telecast, “American Idol” is set to  kick off its iconic live performances and America’s vote from Los Angeles starting SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT, live-to-tape episode), on The ABC Television Network. The season’s first all-live performance show will air MONDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), and the schedule continues with live shows on Sundays only for five consecutive weeks.

In its inaugural season on ABC, “American Idol” set the stage as the first reality-competition series in the history of American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as the series was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span. Starting SUNDAY, APRIL 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), viewers at home will yet again be able to help determine the fate of this season’s “Idol” hopefuls via the coast-to-coast simul-vote, which will also be extended to the show’s SUNDAY, MAY 19, finale event, marking another historic first.

As the country prepares to take the fate of “American Idol”‘s budding superstars into its own hands, don’t miss all-new episodes next week as the show’s iconic Hollywood Week rounds kick off from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.  

Magic Kingdom Park Hours Extended on Select Dates in April

Magic Kingdom has extended operating hours on select days in April 2019.

  • April 12 – 13: Park opens at 8am (previously 9am); park closes at 11pm (previously 10pm)
  • April 14: Park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)
  • April 15 – 20: Park opens at 8am (previously 9am); park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)
  • April 21: Park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)
  • April 22 – 25: Park opens at 8am (previously 9am); park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)
  • April 26: Park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)
  • April 27: Park opens at 8am (previously 9am); park closes at 12am (previously 10pm)

Extra Magic Hours have also been adjusted to reflect these changes:

  • April 17: Extra Magic Hours 12am – 2am (previously 10pm-12am)
  • April 19: Extra Magic Hours 7am – 8am (previously 8am-9am)
  • April 24: Extra Magic Hours 12am – 2am (previously 10pm-12am)

To view the complete Walt Disney World Resort operating schedule, please visit WaltDisneyWorld.com.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Hours Extended on Select Dates in April and May

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has extended operating hours on select days in April and May 2019.

  • April 7 – 28: Park closes at 9:30pm (previously 8pm)
  • April 29 – May 2: Park closes at 9pm (previously 8:30pm)
  • May 3 – 4: Park closes at 10pm (previously 8:30pm)

Also on May 27 (Memorial Day), the park will open at 8am instead of the previously scheduled 9am opening. The Extra Magic Hour for May 27 will now take place from 7am to 8am.

To view the complete Walt Disney World Resort operating schedule, please visit WaltDisneyWorld.com.

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Sold Out on March 20

Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is sold out for Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

In case you aren’t familiar, this popular event allows guests to purchase a special ticket to experience the park from as early as 7:00pm to 11:30pm with a limited number of guests.

Remaining dates available include:

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Attractions include:

Ice Cream, Popcorn & Select Beverages Included!
In the midst of the laughs and thrills, be sure to chill out with ice cream novelties and select beverages—included in the cost of admission—available at carts stationed throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. In addition, you can also purchase menu items at select locations throughout the park.

For more information and to book Disney After Hours, please visit Disneyworld.com/DisneyAfterHours or call 407-827-7185. Advanced purchase price is $125 plus tax. The day-of price is $129 plus tax.