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Universal Orlando, SeaWorld & Disney World Refurbishments & Closings

by Leap on March 2, 2015

Here is the list of Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Disney World refurbishments and closings. All refurbishments and closings are subject to change without notice.

Disney World Refurbishments & Closings

Walt Disney World® Resort Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom® Park

*Monorail

The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Resort and Express monorail beams on select days in February and March. During these times, Monorails on the Resort beam will travel between Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom® Park. Monorails on the Express beam will now make an additional stop at Disney's Contemporary Resort as they travel between Magic Kingdom Park and the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Monorail service will continue to be available from all stations while this work takes place. Monorail operating hours will remain unchanged. Guests may note a difference in the way they board the Monorail and should allow for additional travel time to reach their destinations. Guests staying at impacted Resorts will receive in-room communication upon their arrival.

EPCOT

          • None

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

          • Flame Tree Barbecue
            CLOSED Now through April 22
          • Creature Comforts
            CLOSED Now through June 14

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

          • None

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

          • Now through March 14, 2015: Closed for annual refurbishment

Downtown Disney

  • Now through March 2016: Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that guests use complimentary Walt Disney World transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Now through Aug. 1, 2016: Parking Lots - Entrance 2 - Lots A-G: Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.

Miniature Golf Courses

          • None

WDW Golf Courses

  • None

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • None

Universal Orlando® Refurbishments

Universal Studios® Florida

  • Fievel's Playland
    CLOSED Now through March 12

Islands of Adventure®

  • Jurassic Park River Adventure

    CLOSED Now through March 12

    SeaWorld® Orlando Refurbishments

            • Sea Lion and Otter Theater
              CLOSED Now through spring 2015

Walt Disney World® Resort Refurbishments

Disney’s All–Star Movies Resort

          • None

Disney’s All–Star Music Resort

          • None

Disney’s All–Star Sports Resort

          • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House

          • Now through March 6: Lobby floor refinishing - Flooring work to take place in sections beginning January 6th, at Jambo House. Work will be done in sections so only portions will be out at a time.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village

          • Now through Feb. 11: Kidani Samawati Pool Slide

Disney’s Art of Animation 

          • May 26-June 29, 2015: Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area
          • Now through March 3: Little Mermaid Flippin Fins Pool

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

          • None

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

          • None

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

          • March 2-5 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.:The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Resort and Express monorail beams on select days in February and March. During these times, Monorails on the Resort beam will travel between Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom® Park. Monorails on the Express beam will now make an additional stop at Disney's Contemporary Resort as they travel between Magic Kingdom Park and the Transportation and Ticket Center.

            Monorail service will continue to be available from all stations while this work takes place. Monorail operating hours will remain unchanged. Guests may note a difference in the way they board the Monorail and should allow for additional travel time to reach their destinations. Guests staying at impacted Resorts will receive in-room communication upon their arrival.

          • March 9-11 CLOSED: Contemporary Feature Pool

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

          • None

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

          • None

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

        • March 2-5 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: 

          The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Resort and Express monorail beams on select days in February and March. During these times, Monorails on the Resort beam will travel between Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom® Park. Monorails on the Express beam will now make an additional stop at Disney's Contemporary Resort as they travel between Magic Kingdom Park and the Transportation and Ticket Center.

          Monorail service will continue to be available from all stations while this work takes place. Monorail operating hours will remain unchanged. Guests may note a difference in the way they board the Monorail and should allow for additional travel time to reach their destinations. Guests staying at impacted Resorts will receive in-room communication upon their arrival.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

          • None

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

          • Now through March 2015: The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress.
          • Now through spring 2015: Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide: The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney's Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay.
        • March 2-5 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: 

          The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Resort and Express monorail beams on select days in February and March. During these times, Monorails on the Resort beam will travel between Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom® Park. Monorails on the Express beam will now make an additional stop at Disney's Contemporary Resort as they travel between Magic Kingdom Park and the Transportation and Ticket Center.

          Monorail service will continue to be available from all stations while this work takes place. Monorail operating hours will remain unchanged. Guests may note a difference in the way they board the Monorail and should allow for additional travel time to reach their destinations. Guests staying at impacted Resorts will receive in-room communication upon their arrival.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

          • None

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

          • None

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

          • None

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

          • None

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

          • May 15-June 26: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

          • Now through Aug. 22, 2015: Guest rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods at Disney's Beach Club Resort. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas, but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily)
          • Now through Mar 3, 2015: Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy River - During this time, bridges three and four will be under refurbishment and the lazy river/snorkel area will be closed. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to guests.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

          • None

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

          • Now through TBD: Guest room renovations: Renovation works is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.

*Please Note: All refurbishments & closings are subject to change without notice.

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When to Visit - The Frog Blog: travel tips from the family frog at Undercover Tourist Jun 1, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.

[...] Refurbishments & Closings [...]

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On Vacation - The Frog Blog: travel tips from the family frog at Undercover Tourist Jun 18, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

[...] Refurbishments & Closings [...]

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A Look Back at This Week’s Disney and Related News — September 7 - The Frog Blog: travel tips from the family frog at Undercover Tourist Sep 7, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

[...] case you missed it, Walt Disney World has announced additional refurbishment dates for Honey I Shrunk the Kids in October and November. The Backlot Studio Tour and American Film [...]

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Kathy Lopez Sep 27, 2012 at 2:56 a.m.

Resort movies, Electric light water parade,are also free things to do go to animal kingdom lodge and see the animals, Polynesian has the blowing of the Counch

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Kim Smith Oct 21, 2012 at 4:42 p.m.

Why does your site say Splash Mountain is closed until February 19, 2013 when Disney says March 19 2013?

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FrogBlog Oct 22, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.

Hi Kim,

You are right! Thanks for pointing it out.

-- Leap

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Steve Nov 17, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.

Test track shows closed for refurbishmnet 11/1/12 - 11/30/12. But grand reopen on 12/6/12. Do we know if it will open before 12/6.

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FrogBlog Nov 19, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.

Steve,

I think chances are good that a "soft opening" will be happening before then. We'll report it as soon as we know something for sure!

-- Leap

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Planning for Disney World in January Jan 1, 2013 at 7 a.m.

[...] Jan. 2, and Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom, starting Jan. 6. You can see the full list of closings and refurbishments here. As reported back in July, starting in 2013, evening Extra Magic Hours have been shortened to two [...]

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Disney & Parks News: Renderings Released for California Grill; More Dishes Revealed for Epcot Flower Festival Feb 1, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

[...] [...]

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Planning for Disney World in April Apr 1, 2013 at 1 p.m.

[...] At Magic Kingdom, Mad Tea Cups has a refurbishment for most of April. Fountain View Ice Cream Shop in Epcot closes April 7 for its conversion to a Starbucks location. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade and Disney Channel Rocks have their final performances April 6. For more details and a list of all refurbishments, check our closings page. [...]

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Jody Jul 15, 2013 at 11:55 p.m.

Disappointed that the railroad will be closed when we are there. But, there's always something that will be closed. Thankful that we get to try out the new Test Track and see the new Fantasyland.

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Lisa Sep 6, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.

Any news on Ariel's Grotto? When I search Disney's site, it tells me it's closed for refurbishment, but I can't find the dates. Will Ariel be meeting somewhere else then?? My daughter will be crushed if she can't see the Little Mermaid (not necessarily Princess Ariel).

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FrogBlog Sep 6, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

It is not currently listed as a refurbishment, and I was able to see times listed for it through September. We will update this page as soon as we know something more. Hopefully the Little Princess will be there to meet your little princess!

-- Mommy Frog

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Liz Sep 26, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

Great information. You are an angel. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Noel Jan 5, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.

Hi is there any news on the Snow White mine train ride on the completion as I'll be over May the 18th 2014

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New Children’s Activity Center, Pool Closure Coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort May 16, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

[...] Guests planning a stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort should also note that the Nanea Volcano pool, one of the largest and best-themed in all of Disney World, is undergoing some enhancements, including adding a new aquatic playground with slides, a hot tub and a larger deck with more seating for guests. The pool will be closed July 26 through July 2015. Guests who stay at the resort during this time will receive one complimentary water park ticket. More details can be found on our Closings & Refurbishments page. [...]

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Sue May 26, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

according to disney site - mickey's philharmonic will be closed 9/8/14-9/19/14

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FrogBlog May 27, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Hi Sue,

Thanks for the heads up!!

Leap

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Stephanie Jun 16, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

Im planning a trip soon and had plans on The Wilderness Lodge. However, I have read they are planning a refurb on the main pool. It hasn't been officially announced but if they are planning it visitors planning on coming in September would appreciate the info. Im disappointed about the news but will stay once its all finished. Its one of my favorite resorts. If it's true, they really need to make an official announcement.

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.

Hi Stephanie,

I am sorry for the delay in responding, but your comment was caught in our spam filter.

You probably have seen the update here already that the main pool will be under refurbishment Sept. 3-Nov. 27. I am very sorry for the bad news, but there are some really terrific pools and resorts at Disney World. If you are looking at deluxe resorts, have you considered Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge or Disney's Grand Floridian?

Leap

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ANDREA COSTA Jul 6, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

buenos dias quisiera saber en la ultima semana de enero del 2015 que parques o juegos cierran de disney orlando?

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Andrea,

Lo siento, pero no entiendo su pregunta. ¿Te importaría emailing info@undercovertourist.com para que nuestro equipo de servicio al cliente puede ayudarle.

Leap

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Rob Dec 21, 2014 at 10:59 p.m.

Rode Maelstrom one more time on the last day. 50 minute wait for the ones with no Fastpass. Disney is stupid to close such a popular ride, especially when they could keep this one AND build a Frozen ride nearby.

I think a better Frozen ride would be at Hollywood Studios in the former Backstage Tour Catastrophe Canyon. (Closing this ride is another dumb move) Anyway,Leave the Canyon ride intact except for the little oil well in the center. Replace the oil well with Frozen characters. Then have them scream in terror as the water and fire come from all directions. Watch the little snowman Olaf melt. Guaranteed to be the most popular ride in the park!

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