Disneyland Refurbishments & Closings

by Leap on January 15, 2019 735 Los Angeles

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As you get ready to plan your Disneyland trip, it's helpful to know which rides, restaurants and attractions may be closed or undergoing refurbishment during your visit. Here is the list of scheduled Disneyland refurbishments and permanent ride closings. Permanent closures are attractions that are no longer active in the parks, refurbishments are temporary closures, and seasonal closures take place annually. All of these refurbishments and closings are subject to change without notice.

Side note: It's no secret Disneyland Resort is going through some major changes! Disney California Adventure Park transformed into Pixar Pier last summer, and Disneyland Park is adding a Star Wars-themed land, Galaxy's Edge in summer 2019, and unnamed Marvel-themed land in 2020. (Read more about what's coming to Disneyland!) With changes, there are sometimes ride closures! Don't fret! There is still plenty to do and see at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland refurbishments | Permanent Ride Closures | Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule (Seasonal Closures) 

Disneyland refurbishment Schedule and Disneyland Rides Closed

Disneyland Ride Refurbishments

Here is the list of current and upcoming closures Disneyland rides, attractions, restaurants and shops. Disney often changes the dates of these temporary ride closures, whether to move up or postpone, so always check here as your trip gets closer.

Disneyland Park Refurbishments

*Sleeping Beauty Castle is undergoing refurbishment that is scheduled to last through spring, according to The Orange County Register. Scaffolding is surrounding portions of the castle, although it is not clear if it will last through the duration of the refurbishment. According to Anaheim building permits, Disneyland has plans to reroof the castle and replace plastic on the turrets.

Disney California Adventure Park Refurbishments

Downtown Disney District Refurbishments

  • None

Disneyland Hotel Refurbishments

Disney's Grand California Hotel & Spa Refurbishments

  • None

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel Refurbishment

  • None

Permanent Disneyland Closures

This is a list of permanently closed Disneyland rides, attractions, restaurants and shops! The closures are usually done to make way for new rides and attractions at the parks.

Disneyland Park Permanent Closures

  • Big Thunder Ranch Area: Closed permanently Jan. 11, 2016
  • Disneyland Forever: Closed permanently Sept. 6, 2016
  • Super Hero HQ: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Main Street Electrical Parade: Closed permanently August 20, 2017
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple: Ended Nov. 3, 2018

Disney California Adventure Park Permanent Closures

  • Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular: Closed permanently Jan. 10, 2016
  • Diamond Mad T Party: Closed permanently March 31, 2016
  • For the First Time in Forever: Closed permanently April 18, 2016
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Closed permanently Jan. 2, 2017 for transformation into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • California Screamin': Closed permanently Jan. 8, 2018 for transformation into Incredicoaster
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel: Closed permanently Jan. 8, 2018 for transformation into Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • The Cove Bar and Ariel's Grotto: Closed permanently Jan. 8, 2018 for transformation into Lamplight Lounge
  • It's Tough To Be a Bug!: Closed permanently March 19, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)
  • Flik's Flyers: Closed permanently Sept. 4, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)
  • Francis' Ladybug Boogie: Closed permanently Sept. 4, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train: Closed permanently Sept. 4, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)
  • Princess Dot Puddle Park: Closed permanently Sept. 4, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)
  • Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies: Closed permanently Sept. 4, 2018 for new super-hero themed land (opening 2020)

Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule (Seasonal Closures)

These attractions and rides usually close seasonally at Disneyland for refurbishments and holiday overlays. The estimated dates on this Disneyland refurbishment schedule are based on past ride closures. We'll always post the specific dates when we receive them under Disneyland ride refurbishments.

    • Grizzly River Run: Usually closes early January through February or March for seasonal refurbishment
    • Jungle Cruise: Usually closes early November for holiday overlay installation; closes early January for holiday overlay removal and reopens early February
    • Haunted Mansion: Usually closes late August for holiday overlay installation and reopens September; closes early January for holiday overlay removal and reopens mid-January
    • it's a small world: Usually closes mid to late October for holiday overlay installation and reopens November; closes mid-January for holiday overlay removal and reopens late January/early February
    • Space Mountain: Usually closes late August for holiday overlay installation and reopens early to mid-September; closes early November for holiday overlay removal
    • Splash Mountain: Usually closes mid-January through February for seasonal refurbishments

    *Please Note: All Disneyland ride refurbishments and closings are subject to change without notice.

    Trying to decide when to visit the parks? Check out our Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the best time to go! We also offer park plans for the Disneyland Resort. Be sure to check out our Disneyland Park Plans and Disney California Adventure Park Plans.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Sylvia Says...

What are the chances of opening before planned? After 10 years I finally talked my husband into going and we were so excited, then I realized the ride we most looked forward to (grizzly river run) will be closed and it opens just 3 days after we leave! Such a bummer. Do they ever finish refurbs early? I'm hoping for good news lol

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Mar 24, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. Amanda Says...

Yes sometimes they do finish early! was just there on March 20th 2016 great moments with Mr. Lincoln was open and I can personally confirm, but I overheard a few people that that grizzly run was open. Never made it over there.

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Feb 17, 2016 at 8:08 p.m. Fergus Says...

I'm visiting Disneyland in April and I'm planning on staying at the hotel but I don't want to if the pools are closed. How definite do you think those reopening dates for the D-ticket, E-ticket, and Minnie spa are?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fergus,

It sounds like from other comments that the hotel would not yet say definitively, but I would recommend calling them directly. These are the official refurb dates, but they are always subject to change.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 15, 2016 at 9:55 p.m. Adrian G. Says...

Any idea when Haunted Mansion will be closing for The Nightmare Before Christmas holiday decor?

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Mar 1, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

The dates vary, but last year it was under refurbishment from the end of August until Sept. 10, and Halloween Time began Sept. 11.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. crystal Says...

Does anybody know if the Disneyland hotel pools will be reopened April 1. We want to stay there for a week but website says they are down threw late spring. Thanks

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

We show them reopening by March 11, but we suggest you call the hotel directly to confirm.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 9, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hi!

I am planning a vacation for April 10-13 and I really want to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. I see that you have the pool reopening in March. Disney won't give me a firm answer on when it will reopen. Is that the actual opening date? I don't want to stay there if the pool is closed. Thank you!

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Feb 25, 2016 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

I am sorry that you haven't been able to get confirmation from Disney. This information we have comes from Disney, but it is always subject to change, so unfortunately we cannot say for certain.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 22, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. Kelly Vegas Says...

Hi I really hope you can help me I live in Las Vegas and Im planing on buying a so cal city-pass and driving down My kids are Home schooled so our calendar for Travel is wide open that being said from what I have gathered from your wonderful site do you think some time in May maybe a Tuesday Wednesday Thursday for our 3 day Disneyland and Disney Adventure hopper will Be a good time to go? It will be my youngest (9) first time so Im hoping most rides will be open and crowds low if there is a better date please let me know Thank You So Much :)

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Jan 26, 2016 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

It should be a pretty good time to go. Check out this post which outlines the best and worst days to visit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 7, 2015 at 5:27 a.m. Brynn Says...

I just read on another site that a Haunted a Mansion will be closed in DL 1/11/16 to 4/2/16. That can't be right can it? That would be 3 months. I See on DL website that it will close on the 11th but info isn't available for the end of Jan. Is it closed as part of the Stat Wars project? I'm FREAKING out as its my favourite ride and it's my first time going in 11 years! We are going Jan 26 to Feb 3 last day in park Feb 2nd.

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Dec 8, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brynn,

Disney has not made the reopen date public as of yet. Normally, these two rides are under refurb after the holidays to remove the seasonal overlay for just a couple of weeks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 16, 2015 at 6:56 p.m. Brynn Says...

Hey! Just chatted online with Disney and double checked some other sites. Haunted Mansion will be closed January 11-21st, reopening on the 22nd. So it won't be closed for long, just long enough to remove the holiday decorations! YAY!

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Dec 2, 2015 at 3:04 a.m. Alondra Lopez Says...

One of my friends in school told me that it's a small world ride in Fantasy land is getting teared down is this true because if it is I will be sad ????

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Nov 30, 2015 at 11:20 p.m. Amy S Says...

I just noticed on the DL website that Soarin is closed from January 4, 2016 onward. Anyone know when it will reopen?

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Apr 13, 2016 at 1:28 a.m. Wendy Says...

I was told that Soaring over California is closed because they are changing it to Soaring over The World. Cant wait to see it!

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Nov 8, 2015 at 5:20 p.m. Brian Says...

Hello,

Going to Disneyland Nov 12-14. The Disneyland website shows Haunted Mansion and Its a Small World as "schedule unavailable." Are these rides closed? We were so looking forward to them changing for the holiday theme.

Thanks,

Brian

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Nov 18, 2015 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Sorry for the delay, but these rides are open even if their schedules are not.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 3, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. Bryce Says...

when I look at the calendar at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/calendars/month/2015-12-01/ it is not showing any open hours from 15 December on, is that right?

Arrive from Australia on the 19th and kids would be devastated!

Bryce

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Nov 4, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryce,

These park hours should become available soon. Rest assured, the parks are open!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 6, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. Bryce Says...

phew thanks, that's a relief.

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Oct 28, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. alimay Says...

How soon will they post refurbishments for January 2016? I am planning a trip for my kids but don't want to book a hotel until I know for sure that certain rides are open. ;) We only visit Disneyland once every couple years so I want to make sure my kids can enjoy the rides they weren't able to last time. But now they are finally tall enough :)

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Oct 29, 2015 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alimay,

Hopefully soon! We check refurbs weekly, so we'll post them as soon as they are available.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 19, 2015 at 12:59 p.m. T drizzle Says...

Anyone going to the magical kingdom has to go check out "Trader Sams". It's a little tiny bar/restaurant by downtown Disney.

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Jul 25, 2015 at 7:22 p.m. DONNA Says...

I cant believe they will close the haunted mansion around a busy time like the disney half marathon..i was so excited to be able to finally see the hat box ghost and now we wont be able too..one of my favorite rides...very dissapointed..is this for the overhaul they do???

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Aug 3, 2015 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

So sorry to hear that you will miss it. The closure is so that Haunted Mansion can be transformed into the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 10, 2015 at 3:06 a.m. Matthew Says...

Do you think they will leave the hat box ghost in after they do the "christmas" overhall? I would think so, but not 100% sure.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matthew,

We haven't heard for sure, but we would think so too!

Keep hopping!

Leal

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Apr 24, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. Ryan Says...

Does anyone know why Disneyland is closing at 7:30pm on Thursday April 30th?

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May 8, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. Amie Says...

Only in the summer they have it open till midnight.

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Apr 2, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. Mike Says...

Booked from apr 27 to May 1

Is there any chance any of these refurbs finish early? Indiana Jones is scheduled to finish May 1...re-open May 2.....Never been on that one.

Does early ever happen? Or is all hope lost?

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Apr 8, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Sometimes the dates do change, so keep your fingers crossed!

Leap

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Mar 13, 2015 at 9:04 p.m. Janet Says...

Aww so sad Matterhorn is closed

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Mar 9, 2015 at 4:35 p.m. Wendy Says...

Went last year mid May and Pirates of the the Caribbean was closed. We have another trip planned mid May this year and wondering if anyone knows if Pirates of the Caribbean should be open. It's our favorite ride so really hoping it's open this time!

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Apr 13, 2015 at 9:04 p.m. sarah Says...

If you go to disney.com they will show you now till mid May all the closures and events. Go to the park hours and look under 5 day view at the days you will be there. Scroll all the way down to the bottom, and you will see all the rides currently scheduled for refurbishment! It looks like Pirates should be open!!!! Enjoy your trip!

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Mar 8, 2015 at 3:26 a.m. Bmarie Says...

How far in advance are refurbs posted? We are planning trip end of Oct. 2015. I'm hoping with all going on early for diamond celebration that there will be very little refurb during our visit?

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Sep 29, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. MIkeyED619 Says...

Most refurbs seem to happen in September transferring out of the peak summer season and into the holday season. October will be nice with the Halloween overlay and Nightmare Before Christmas themes being added to the Haunted Mansion. Pirates has been closed recently for a touch up but should be open before Oct 1st.

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Feb 8, 2015 at 11:57 p.m. Kim Says...

One thing I didn't realize before we went Jan 29-Jan 31st of 2015 was that the castle would be covered and you wouldn't be able to see it. That was the biggest bummer even though I knew it was going to be "closed" before we decided to go. Getting details as to why it was hidden from sight just made me want to come back later this year. They are getting ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary and they are glittering up the castle. Lots of exciting things are coming for the celebration. Sad now that we won't get to see all that exciting stuff.

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Jan 23, 2015 at 7:02 a.m. kristyn Says...

Thanks so much for this! As a new (out of state) annual passholder, and having been a handful of times the past few years, I'm curious of one thing: how good are they at keeping to the schedule? If I plan a trip for late April or early May, do you think I can count on Critter Country being re-opened? A few years ago, I was expecting Thunder Mountain to be reopened when I went in December but it was delayed much beyond that. Thanks for any advice!

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Jan 23, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristyn,

It is possible for refurbishments to be delayed, although most stay within schedule. Usually any delay isn't too far past the original date.

Keep hoppin'!

Leap

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Aug 19, 2015 at 3:04 a.m. Paul Says...

Does anyone know if there is a chance that a ride reopens earlier than expected?

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Aug 20, 2015 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

Sometimes refurbs get moved all together, or refurb plans are scrapped, but usually if it is scheduled for rehab, it opens back when expected.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 26, 2014 at 7:33 p.m. Leto. Says...

Be very aware they have building works happening At Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom. Down Town Disney is a building site !!

Very disappointing they couldn't do it one place at a time!!

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Dec 1, 2014 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leto,

This is the page for Disneyland refurbishments. You can find Disney World refurbs here.

Best,

Leap

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Oct 31, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. Cal Spence Says...

Good to know as I just made new plans to go elsewhere. They are over priced when fully operating so I would never pay full prices for half a show. Never.

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Oct 24, 2014 at 6:54 a.m. chris Says...

hey are there any open rides in October???

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Jul 29, 2015 at 6:44 a.m. david tedd Says...

The new. DISNEY BADA BING, with snow white and sleeping beauty's naughty twins, is now open..

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Oct 24, 2014 at 6:03 p.m. Richard F Allen Says...

AS shown above !!

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Oct 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. Richard F Allen Says...

The planning closing dates board don't seem to have there heads screwed on right . I don't think our dear old Walt would have planed things quite the same way, Get REAL planning board !! ....Dick......A old time Disney World visitter

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Sep 11, 2014 at 2:51 p.m. Joe R.Hernandez Says...

The park"s board of directors should consider CLOSING COMPLETELY (for 3 weeks) Re-open Octoberfest..Halloween or Thanksgiving week.

Or discount the entry fee...allow everyone attending to participate in the experience of what happens in "refurbish" as a new attraction. Meals and Hardhats included

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Feb 9, 2017 at 11:48 p.m. Says...

You go Joe...

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Apr 5, 2017 at 5:35 p.m. tina o Says...

Hi there, we are taking our family of 6 to disneyland and cal. adven. jan 27th 2018-feb 3rd 2018. Do you think a lot will be closed then for refurbishment?

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Apr 5, 2017 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

While we don't know what will be closed, it is likely you will experience some attractions closed for refurbishment during the period of time you plan on visiting.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 4, 2017 at 11:41 p.m. brian glenn Says...

The pirates is closed in feb what a bummer when will it reopen are the tickets cheaper because the best ride is gone

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Mar 7, 2017 at 5:36 a.m. Alexis Says...

No, I don't believe so, Disney always has different rides in and out of order

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Feb 5, 2017 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

Disney has not released an opening for Pirates yet. It's a bummer that Pirates will be under renovations, but you still have lots of great attractions and shows to see at that time!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 18, 2017 at 8:47 p.m. Says...

Will the pirate ride be open around March 6, 2017?

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

According to Disneyland.com, Pirates of the Caribbean is listed as Closed for Refurbishment.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jun 1, 2017 at 5:28 a.m. Nancy Says...

Pirates is open. Was there a few weeks ago.

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Apr 30, 2017 at 12:10 a.m. Vanesa Says...

Hi,I will be going to Disneyland on May 11-13 will Indiana jones and pirates of the carribean be open the time I go?

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Apr 30, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

While Pirates will be open, Indiana Jones will be undergoing refurbishment May 1-25.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Feb 7, 2017 at 1:19 a.m. Lauren Says...

As of march 16, 2017 pirates is no longer listed on the Disneyland website as being closed for refurbishment. I am assuming that means that after that date the ride will be open. I am going end of April.

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Feb 28, 2017 at 6:57 p.m. Melissa Says...

It's opening on March 15 th

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Feb 21, 2017 at 4:59 a.m. Wtf Says...

You can foresee the future?

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Apr 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Alex Says...

Really thunder. Again

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May 16, 2016 at 5:37 a.m. Liz Says...

Thunder mountain railroad has to undergo the tests due to California laws. However, they permanently closed the area behind it because this is where starters land is going.

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Mar 11, 2017 at 9:26 p.m. Peggy Harp Says...

Hi, we are going to Disneyland may 22 2017, is thunder mountain going to be running by then? Also is the train that takes you to diffrent parts of the park going to be running by then.

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May 21, 2017 at 9:21 p.m. T Says...

Big thunder railroad will be open it's the ranch behind it that is closed

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May 2, 2017 at 2:11 a.m. Drew ragusa Says...

Thunder mountain is open

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Apr 9, 2017 at 12:42 a.m. Erin Says...

The train will reopen but they're redoing the waterways so they had to close it down because of Star Wars land it will reopen I believe in the fall

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Apr 4, 2017 at 4:35 a.m. Suzy Says...

We were there 2 weeks ago, and Thunder was running!! Have a great time! ????

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Mar 19, 2017 at 12:27 a.m. D Says...

Thunder mountain ride should be open. The train will not reopen until star wars land opens.

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Mar 13, 2017 at 7:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peggy,

Disney has not set a date for the return of the Disneyland Railroad, and there is no scheduled refurbishment of Big Thunder Mountain at this time.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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