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Disney Monorail & Two Guest-Favorite Attractions Closing Indefinitely

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The Disney Monorail and two more Guest-favorite experiences will close in July at one Disney Park so that Imagineers can refurbish the attractions.

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Lots of changes and additions are always in the works at any entity owned by The Walt Disney Company. That’s because Disney is dedicated to the safest and most enjoyable Guest experience on every single visit. But part of Disney’s dedication to safety means that regular maintenance and refurbishment of attractions in each Disney theme park are imperative. No matter when you’re planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, or any of Disney’s theme park resorts around the globe, it’s always a good idea to look into which experiences and attractions are scheduled to be undergoing repairs or refurbishment on the dates you plan to visit. Walt Disney World refurbishments and closures, though necessary, aren’t a lot of fun, especially if you’re not expecting them. No one likes to arrive at Disneyland Park, eager to see the differences between the Haunted Mansion in California and the Haunted Mansion in Florida, only to discover it’s closed for refurbishment.

These refurbishments–these “necessary evils”–ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for Guests and Cast Members alike. They are why the monorail at Disneyland Resort in California and two Guest-favorite experiences at Disney California Adventure are closing.

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Disneyland’s monorail will close beginning July 5, 2023. As of the time of this publication, there is no posted reopening date, and the monorail shows “no times available” through at least mid-August.

Beginning July 5, Soarin’ Around the World at Disneyland will close for refurbishment. It is scheduled to reopen on July 14. In addition, Toy Story Midway Mania will close on July 17. As of the time of this publication, there is no posted reopening day for the Guest-favorite shooting game featuring the characters from PIXAR’s Toy Story film franchise, located at PIXAR Pier at Disneyland.

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More About “Soarin’ Around the World” at Disneyland

Per Disneyland’s website:

Strap in and prepare for lift-off! Thrill as you’re raised high into the air in front of an 80-foot projection dome for a virtual tour around the world. Incredible IMAX digital projection and spectacular aerial footage simulate the graceful motion of flight. 

Your journey begins as the clouds part above the majestic Swiss Alps, revealing a familiar sight to Disneyland fans. Next, you’ll visit polar bears in icy Greenland, swoop past sailboats on Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour and weave between elephants marching toward Mount Kilimanjaro.

Glide above marvels like the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the Taj Mahal in India. Cruise over Monument Valley, Fiji’s Lau Island, and thundering Iguazu Falls in South America. Gaze down at the Eiffel Tower as it sparkles like a jewel in the night, surrounded by the lights of Paris.

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Toy Story Mania!

Per Disneyland’s official website:

Andy’s got some new games—and the toys are taking over. Put on your 3D glasses, take a seat in a swiveling carnival car and twirl through the portal to a wild world of toys.

Grab your Spring-Action Launcher and shoot at moving objects with virtual darts, baseballs, eggs, and other toy-jectiles. It’s a fast-paced, spinning trip around Andy’s room, complete with Toy Story friends Hamm, Rex, Trixie, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and more.

Compete with other players for the highest score on all the action-packed games. May the best toy win! Points pile up when you hit your mark. As any good cowpoke knows, hard-to-hit targets are worth more. Hit secret targets to unleash “Easter eggs” worth even more points!

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Don’t let refurbishments and other closures wreck your Disney Parks trip! Be sure to read about closures at Disney World and Disneyland by clicking on the websites included above.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!