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Historic Solar Eclipse Wows Guests at Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Even with cloudy skies, today’s solar eclipse was an awe-inspiring experience for guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort as they watched the moon move between the sun and earth – casting a rare afternoon shadow over all four of our parks.

At just before 3 p.m., our cameras captured a partial eclipse above the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park and several other Walt Disney World Resort locations, including the popular Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot.

Hundreds of guests with protective eyeglasses and cameras across the Resort paused their Disney vacation and directed their attention to the Florida sky to witness the historic event. The Porter family from Philadelphia joined other park guests in describing the natural phenomenon as simply amazing.

“I couldn’t wait to be in the Magic Kingdom to see this,” Rhianna Porter said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for everybody in the family. This is amazing. WOW!”

The eclipse may have only lasted minutes, but park guests said it was a magical moment that helped make today’s Disney visit extra special. Did you join us in the parks today? If so, let us know about it in the comments below.

Also, be sure to check out our gallery of images from today’s solar eclipse – all captured by our Yellow Shoes photography team of David Roark, Matt Stroshane, Kent Phillips and Steven Diaz.


  • We were at Animal Kingdom during the eclipse. We had our picture taken in front of the tree of life and one of the shots included a plaque that said “solar eclipse 2017.” Such a great way to remember our trip and solar eclipse!

  • We were there. I was really hoping that WDW would be selling some tee shirts in the theme park that had the date on them and would be limited to the guests that were here. Apparently they didn’t think to do that. Bummer.

  • Really like the partial eclipse photo taken at Cinderella castle. Are reprints available for purchase?

  • Yes, I was searching for those additional images as well! Thank you!

  • There’s a mention of a gallery of images, but there’s no link. I would love to see these photos.

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