Disney World Shocks Guests With HUGE Change to Iconic EPCOT Ride

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When you think of a classic Walt Disney World attraction, your first thoughts may be of a slow-moving dark ride found in Magic Kingdom.

The Verdict Is In: Disney World Fans Prefer Dark Rides Over Roller Coasters

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Attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, “it’s a small world,” and Peter Pan’s Flight are some of Magic Kingdom’s most popular experiences. They’re so successful that they’ve withstood the test of time and have entertained guests for decades despite not being particularly thrilling.

As it turns out, most fans prefer admiring the Walt Disney Imagineering artistry of the slow-moving dark rides over the fast-paced thrills of Disney’s roller coaster rides.

Magic Kingdom’s Dark Rides Are So Amazing, Disney World’s Second Park Followed the Pattern

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Naturally, Walt Disney World’s second theme park attempted to emulate Magic Kingdom’s classic dark rides with fantastic success, as these attractions are top-rated. We’re talking, of course, about EPCOT.

Some of EPCOT’s most popular attractions include Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Frozen Ever After, and Spaceship Earth. These attractions are consistently ridden by guests and are often regarded as some of the ‘must-do’ EPCOT experiences.

So why did Walt Disney World Resort make a jarring change to one of them?

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One guest recently rode EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth attraction only to find that the service lights were turned on the entire time, thoroughly ruining the illusion of the dark ride.

Sometimes, dark attractions can be lit up for emergencies, evacuations, or when facing technical difficulties. While we don’t know for sure, we’d imagine that it was only technical difficulties in this case, as the guest reportedly rode the World Celebration attraction in its entirety.

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Have you ever experienced an attraction with its lights on? Let us know in the comments!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.