Closings and Rehab at Walt Disney World for January – April 2014

There’s so much to do at Walt Disney World, but nothing sucks more than to find out your favorite attraction is down for rehab. Unfortunately, the first few months of the year are when a majority of the rehab is done, due to slower crowds at the parks.

So here is a small list of upcoming rehab closures to make sure you schedule your visit appropriately.

Magic Kingdom People MoverAt Magic Kingdom:

  • The Barnstormer will be closed February 3-5.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed April 7-9
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed January 21-30
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed January 13-30
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed April 28-30
  • Splash Mountain will be closed from now until March (no exact opening date given)
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover will be closed February 10 – March 27

Starting January 21, 2014, service on the Magic Kingdom Resort and Express monorails will be unavailable on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. to allow for planned maintenance. This schedule will run through the end of March 2014. During this time, the Epcot monorail beam will operate normally. Watercraft routes and busses to/from Magic Kingdom will still be open for transport, as well.

Walt Disney World to Debut Iron Man Decorated Monorail to Promote Iron Man 3 Movie

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 isn’t due in theaters until May 3, but Walt Disney World is already kicking off promoting the movie by re-theming one of its monorail vehicles to an Iron Man motif.

Starting this last weekend (in time for the huge Easter crowds at the theme park), guests could ride aboard an monorail featuring Iron Man on one end, and the Iron Patriot (another IM3 character) on the other.

Here is a photo of the entire vehicle:

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And here is a close up of the Iron Man end – note the placement of the Stark Industries logo:

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Finally, here is a shot of the Iron Patriot end:

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I personally love when Disney does this kind of stuff, and it’s good to see a Marvel presence at WDW. Hopefully there will also be some good Iron Man 3 merchandise available around the movie’s release.

Walt Disney World to Unveil The Avengers Movie Monorail Car This Spring

I’m so excited to see this: Walt Disney World will be using one of the monorail cars on the Magic Kingdom route to promote the upcoming Marvel Studios film The Avengers.

The monorail car will be wrapped from end to end with artwork from the film, which hits theaters on May 4, 2012.

The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon.

This promotion represents the first major appearance of Marvel characters in the park since Disney bought company. Hopefully they’ll also have some Avengers-themed merchandise in the parks, too.

Here’s an artist rendering of the Avengers monorail car courtesy of Walt Disney World and Marvel Studios:

Walt Disney World to Cut Monorail System Operating Hours

The monorail system is the most popular way to get around at Walt Disney World. But it’s also old and requires more maintenance.

As such, Walt Disney World announced this week that effective August 1, 2011, the monorail will have reduced operating times.

It will now shut down one hour after scheduled park closing hours at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and will not stay running past that for “Extra Magic Hours” closings. Guests still have boat and bus availability to get around after the monorail shuts down for the evening.

Disney says the change will allow them the time necessary to maintain the fleet, as well as slightly reduce the workload on the monorail system.

The original system launched in 1971, when Walt Disney World first opened, with the current fleet coming online in 1989.

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