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Lightning Completely Disables Disney Park

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Even though many Disney Fanatics try to plan their Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort vacations meticulously — whether those obstacles might be a serious injury or a disruptive Youtuber — there a myriad of things that can go wrong.

One particularly consistent disruption, that absolutely cannot be circumvented, is weather! Whether a Disney vacation is a rainy trip or a sunny trip can make or break some Disney guests’ enjoyment of their Disney visits — but one storm just hit a Disney World theme park so badly that every ride in the Disney Park had to stop in its tracks!

Pandora Sunset Animal Kingdom

Pandora, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park / Credit: Todd F. Burgess, Flickr

According to the Reddit post shown below, a lightning storm just hit the Animal Kingdom this week and caused so much damage that only one establishment was open: the restrooms.

AK right now 😂
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“The Park Hit Hardest By Lightning Shutdowns”

The storm shut down the Animal Kingdom and its countries (especially Asia and DinoLand U.S.A.) around 2:30 p.m. EST.

Closed rides included the Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain roller coaster, the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, the Kali River Rapids water ride, the peaceful Maharajah Jungle Trek, the Navi River Journey, and TriceraTop Spin.

According to the Reddit user, “the only thing working is the restroom.”

“AK is the park hit hardest by lightning shutdowns,” another Disney fan explained, adding context. “If Pandora is having technical difficulties at the same time by coincidence, then yes you’re basically just left with Dinosaur and the indoor shows.”

Disney dinosaur ride evacuation

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Obviously Disney World weather and Florida weather are directly linked — and obviously summer storms are particularly violent — so Disney theme park guests can’t complain when dangerous weather or power outages cause their itineraries to take a backseat.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Fortunately, Disney has a plan in place for dangerous events like tropical storms or hurricanes, not to mention ride breakdowns or unexpected closures. Case in point: the Animal Kingdom was back up and running not long after this storm had passed!

Have you ever visited Walt Disney World Resort during a particularly hazardous storm?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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