Walt Disney World is getting the word out to its more than 64,000 cast members about changes on Thursday in light of President Barack Obama’s visit to Magic Kingdom Park for an economic address.
In a document distributed to cast members that was obtained by WESH 2 News, Disney outlines what the presidential visit will mean to park operations that day.
Disney advises that Main Street, U.S.A., including shops like the Emporium, will be closed to guests from park opening through late afternoon.
When park guests arrive, they will be directed through “alternate routes” to enjoy other areas of the park, Disney said. Main Street, U.S.A. will open later in the day, in time for the “Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade” at 3:30 p.m.
Disney’s hotel guests will be informed about the changes beginning Wednesday, the document said. Letters will be sent to each guest room and Disney’s in-room television information system will be updated.
Disney advises that all WDW Transportation will operate as normal, however possible traffic congestion and delays are anticipated. Guests are advised to allow extra time for travel, especially those with reservations for places like Crystal Palace, Cinderella’s Royal Table and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Botique.
Package pickup will operate as normal. Baby Care and First Aid will be moved to the entrance of Space Mountain.
The president’s remarks are not open to guests, Disney said in the memo. Invitations are being handled by the White House. Park guests will not be able to attend without a White House invitation.
In addition, Disney PhotoPass photographers that are normally stationed on Main Street, U.S.A. will be moved to locations around Cinderella Castle. The area in front of the castle will not open until later in the day.
If cast members are asked if the visit means Disney will be endorsing Obama in the upcoming election, the company said it was asked by the White House to host an official presidential visit and was happy to oblige.
“We look forward to learning more about his proposal to help boost tourism and travel and are excited about the opportunities this could provide,” the memo said.
Cast members should also check their schedules. While Disney said nobody will lose hours, it is likely that shift times may be changed.
Disney has also adjusted some park hours on Thursday and added a fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For up-to-date park operations information, visit Disney’s calendar.