How the solar eclipse 2017 will impact Walt Disney World, what time it starts

If you are planning on heading to Walt Disney World during the 2017 solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017 you should be aware of a number of things.

While Disney World is not in the path to totality, the moon will block between 83 to 85 percent of the sun, so there will be some impact. The skies will get dark during the day. To deal with this Disney World will be making some operational changes during.

The window for the eclipse starts at 11:31 a.m. ET. At about 1:20 p.m. the skies will start to get dark as the moon moves in front of the sun. The peak is expected at 2:49 p.m. and the skies will get back to “normal” light at 4:21 p.m and will will end around 5:39 p.m.

At Magic Kingdom, Tom Sawyer Island will close for the day at 2 p.m. The Festival of Fantasy Parade will march down the middle of Main Street on time at 2 p.m. This could lead to some good photos.

At Animal Kingdom, the Gorilla Falls Expedition Trails and Maharajah Jungle Trek will close temporarily as the skies get darker. They will open sn natural light returns.

Blizzard Beach will close attractions as necessary during the eclipse and its resulting light levels. The water park will also host live entertainment at the beach area with additional lighting to accommodate for the change in darkness. Guests will be able to take a direct Disney Transportation shuttle to Typhoon Lagoon on that day from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m Typhoon Lagoon will use evening lights as necessary, and operate normally for guests.

Disney World will not be distributing any specialty solar viewing glasses during the eclipse.

If you are at the park and plan to view eclipse, make sure you are wearing the appropriate approved glasses.