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Universal Orlando, SeaWorld & Disney World Refurbishments & Closings

by Leap on November 23, 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

Walt Disney World® Resort Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom® Park


The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.


  • Re-Imagination of Maelstrom (Frozen attraction)
    CLOSED Now through April 30, 2016
  • Sum of All Thrills
    CLOSED Nov. 30-Dec. 4
  • Soarin'
    CLOSED Jan. 4-Summer 2016

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • None

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Annual Refubishment
    CLOSED Jan. 3-March 12, 2016

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Annual Refurbishment
    CLOSED Oct. 4, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016

Disney Springs

  • 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.
  • Jan. 1- June 1: Planet Hollywood

Miniature Golf Courses

  • None

WDW Golf Courses

  • None

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • None

Universal Orlando® Refurbishments

Universal Studios® Florida

  • Disaster! A Major Motion Picture... Starring YOU

Islands of Adventure®

 SeaWorld® Orlando Refurbishments

  • None

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

  • Jan. 25-28: Surfboard Bay Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House

  • Dec. 14-16: Uzima Pool & area will be closed.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village

  • None

Disney’s Art of Animation 

  • None

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • Feb. 1-March 18: Bay Cove Pool

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

  • Aug.17-May 5, 2016: Exterior repair and painting
  • Jan. 11-Feb. 2: Luna Park Pool will be closed.
  • Feb. 1-Sep. 30: Flying Fish Restaurant

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

  • Now through Spring2016: Guest villa renovations.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Nov. 30-Dec. 20 and Jan. 3-Feb. 28: Old Port Royal - Path of Travel will be going through construction. Guests in some parts of Martinique and Trinidad North may experience some noise.
  • Jan. 6-8: Jamaica Pool will be closed.
  • Jan. 11-13: Martinique Quiet Pool will be closed.
  • Jan. 13-16: Fuentes del Morro Pool will be closed.
  • Jan. 27-29: Trinidad North Quiet Pool will be closed.
  • Feb. 3-5: Trinidad South Quiet Pool

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • None

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • None

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • None

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Jan. 16-19: Courtyard Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Jan. 4-6: The Sandcastle Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Now through Early 2016: During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. 
  • Now through Early 2016: The Polynesian East Pool will be closed for enhancement.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Nov. 30-Dec. 3: The Computer Pool will be closed.
  • Dec. 7-10: The Bowling Pin Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Sept. 29-Dec. 24: French Quarter Kiddie Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Jan. 11-Feb. 29: Ol' Man Island Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Jan. 20-22: Grandstand Pool will be closed.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Oct. 2, 2015-2017: Construction work in various areas. The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground, Recreation fire pit and nature trail will be unavailable. Noise may be overheard, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m.
  • Nov. 1-2017: The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit will be unavailable.

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Now through early December: Concierge Lounge will be going through a refurbishment.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Oct. 2015 through Dec. 21, 2015 and June 2016 through September 2016: Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

  • None

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

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[...] 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 [...]

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

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?

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

Hi Kim,

You are right! Thanks for pointing it out.

-- Leap

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.

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


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

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 [...]

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

[...] [...]

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. [...]

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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. [...]

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

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

Hi Sue,

Thanks for the heads up!!


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.

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?


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?

FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 4 p.m.


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


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!

Donny Apr 10, 2015 at 4:48 a.m.

How good is Disney to sticking to these dates? Taking my sisters for their first WDW trip three days after Pirates is scheduled to re-open. I'm really hoping they stick to this schedule since it's one of my favorites.

Robin May 18, 2015 at 7:53 p.m.

I'm bummed that the railroad will be closed. It's our family's first time going and my toddlers love trains!

Bill Jun 9, 2015 at 12:53 a.m.

Is there a refurb planned for Ragland Road in December, 2015? I've been trying to get ADRs there for 12/8-12/12/15 and My Disney Experience says they are unable to check for available tables. Thanks.

FrogBlog Jun 11, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.

Hi Bill,

No refurb has been announced as of yet, but I also tried Open Table, which offers RR reservations, and it appears that you cannot book that far out (although there is availability in early December).

Keep hopping!


rachael Aug 14, 2015 at 8:02 p.m.

Hi is the hulk shut from 8 September 2015- summer 2016 or just shut in 2016?

FrogBlog Aug 17, 2015 at 6:08 p.m.

Hi Rachael,

Yes, from Sept. 8 of this year until summer 2016.

Keep hopping!


Sam Sep 29, 2015 at 12:51 p.m.

I so hope this is open for when I am back there next year :(

NJ Tony Sep 15, 2015 at 9:49 p.m.

Jedi Training Academy closed???? We're going in late October and that's all my son has been talking about! Hope it's back in business by then!

Sam Sep 29, 2015 at 12:50 p.m.

When they say the incredible hulk is closed until "Summer 2016" when does that start - I will be in Orlando from 6 June to 20 June - I hope its back open :(

FrogBlog Sep 29, 2015 at 9:58 a.m.

Hi Sam,

Unfortunately, we don't yet know.

Keep hopping!


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