Disney World Refurbishments & Closings

by Leap on August 19, 2019 266 Orlando

Want to know what's going to be closed while you're visiting the theme parks? We've put together this list of Walt Disney World closings and refurbishments. Refurbishments are temporary closures and can subject to change without notice. Permanent closures are rides that are no longer active in the parks, and seasonal are those that take place annually.

Disney World: Refurbishments | Permanent Closures | Seasonal Closures | Hotel Refurbishments

Universal Orlando: Refurbishments | Permanent closures

SeaWorld Orlando: Refurbishments | Permanent closures

Disney World Refurbishments

Walt Disney World® Resort Refurbishments

Here is a list of all temporary Disney World closings. It is not uncommon for Disney to change refurbishment times — to move up or postpone temporary closures — so be sure to check back as your trip gets closer!

Magic Kingdom® Park

*The Monorail is undergoing refurbishment until further notice and may be on modified service/routes.

EPCOT

  • None

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • None

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • CLOSED Jan. 5, 2020-Mid-March 2020 for seasonal refurbishment

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • CLOSED Sept. 8, 2019-Early 2020 for seasonal refurbishment

Disney Springs

  • None

Miniature Golf Courses

  • None

WDW Golf Courses

  • None

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Ongoing: Intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise impacts can be expected along Osceola Parkway / Victory Way.

Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel Refurbishments

These are the temporary Walt Disney World Resort Hotel closings, such as pools, shops, restaurants or any other type of rehab the hotels are undergoing. Always be sure to check this list as your trip gets closer!

Disney’s All–Star Movies Resort

  • None

Disney’s All–Star Music Resort

  • Calypso Pool
    CLOSED Mid-Sept. 2020-Mid-Dec. 2020

Disney’s All–Star Sports Resort

  • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House

  • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village

  • None

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Mid-Sept. 2020-Mid-Dec. 2020: The Big Blue Pool is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time, other pool and recreation offerings will remain open-including Flippin' Fins Pool, Cozy Cone Pool and the Schoolyard Sprayground. Noise may be heard while this work is being completed, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.
  • Ongoing: Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • None

Disney's Beach Club Resort

  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
    CLOSED Early Aug. 2019-Winter 2019

Disney's Beach Club Villas

  • None

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

  • Ongoing: Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

  • Ongoing: Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Ongoing: Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • None

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Ongoing until further notice: General construction and room refurbishments are taking place. During this time, amenities including dining locations (such as the newly reimagined Rix Sports Bar and Grill) and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00 a.m. daily.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • None

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Mizner's Lounge
    CLOSED April 2019-Fall 2019

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • None

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • None

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Ongoing: Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 2020-Early spring 2020: The Hippy Dippy Pool is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time, Guests can use the Bowling Pool, Computer Pool and the kiddie pool. Also, Movies Under the Stars will be offered in an alternate location. Guests may notice construction noise while this refurbishment is underway, but the noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.

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

  • None

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • None

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • None

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

  • None

Walt Disney World Permanent Closures

Here are the Walt Disney World permanent closures. These rides and attractions are those that have been recently closed for good. Often, Disney will close the doors of rides, restaurants and shops to make way for more new, exciting attractions!

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Dream Along with Mickey: Closed permanently April 2, 2016
  • Main Street Electrical Parade: Closed permanently Oct. 9, 2016
  • Stitch's Great Escape: Operating on seasonal schedule Oct. 2, 2016
  • Wishes: Closed permanently in May 2017

EPCOT

  • Habit Heroes inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Jan. 18, 2016
  • The Sum of All Thrills inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Sept. 13, 2016
  • Stormstruck inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Sept. 13, 2016
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure: Closed permanently Aug. 13, 2017
  • The Circle of Life: Closed permanently Feb. 4, 2018

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Studio Catering Co. (Disney's Hollywood Studios): Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Mike & Sulley Meet-and-Greet: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • High Octane Refreshments: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Prop Shop: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • The Writer's Shop: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Watto's Grotto: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • New York News: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Youse Guys Moychindise: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • The Great Movie Ride: Closed permanently Aug. 13, 2017

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Flights of Wonder: Closed permanently Dec. 31, 2017

Disney Springs

  • DisneyQuest: Closed permanently July 3, 2017
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe: Closed permanently Aug. 3, 2017
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: Closing permanently Jan. 1, 2018

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Shark Reef: Closed permanently Oct. 3, 2016

Walt Disney World Seasonal Closures

Seasonal closures are those that take place annually and are usually a reoccurrence. These dates are estimates based on past closures.

Universal Orlando® Refurbishments

Universal Studios® Florida

Islands of Adventure®

  • None

Universal's Volcano BayTM

  • None

Universal Orlando Permanent Closures

  • Dragon Challenge (IOA) - Sept. 5, 2017
  • Terminator 2®: 3D - Oct. 9, 2017

 SeaWorld® Orlando Refurbishments

SeaWorld Orlando Permanent Closures

  • Happy Harbor has closed to prepare for the opening of Sesame Street in 2019.

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

Disney World refurbishments are only a small part of vacation planning. Leap over to our Orlando Planning Timeline and check out the When to Visit Orlando page for more resources!

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

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.

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

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!

Leap

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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Jul 14, 2014 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Sue,

Thanks for the heads up!!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kim,

You are right! Thanks for pointing it out.

-- Leap

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

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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Sep 7, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. 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 Says...

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

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

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

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

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Feb 17, 2016 at 12:26 a.m. Caroline Billiot Says...

I think the Earful Tower needs to stay.

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Dec 17, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. Jodi kelly Says...

We received a letter stating that beach club will be going through enhancements when we are there in May. I see you have it listed saying "soft goods" I was wondering what that meant ?

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Dec 17, 2015 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi,

Are you staying at Disney's Beach Club or the Villas? The latter has a soft goods refurb, which is usually things such as linens, curtains etc. For the Beach Club, we do not show any refurbishments. We contacted Disney directly, and they also were not able to confirm any either. My guess is that if you received a letter, they are anticipated during your stay and just haven't been fully announced.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 14, 2016 at 9:42 p.m. Margaret Says...

I received a letter for our July 30th trip for our DVC Beach Club Villas stay, stating that "we wanted to make you aware of a resort refurbishment that will be taking place during your visit. While are are working our magic, it is possible that you may experience construction noise. However, to minimize any possible disruptions to your stay, work with the highest potential for noise will be limited to the hours of 9am-5pm, "

But that ..."resort amenities, including shopping, dining and recreation experiences will remain open during your stay."

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Dec 3, 2015 at 4:14 p.m. Denisse Says...

I was booking my FP+ yesterday for my upcoming trip (Feb1-Feb5) and the Kali Rapids in AK says closed for refurbishment. You dont have it in the list so I would like to let you know. I dont know the exact dates but it was closed at least from Feb 1 to Feb 5

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Dec 6, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Kathy Bruce Says...

Does Disney ever complete refurbishment and open rides ahead of schedule? We love Kali River Rapids and will be there on Feb. 4. It says that they are closed until the 11th. Do you think they may open in time for our trip?

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Jan 28, 2016 at 10:06 p.m. Stuart Says...

Hi, we booked fast passes for Kali river rapids on 16th Feb and we just received an email from Disney to day they have had to be cancelled to to ride closure. So sorry to say I don't think it will be open on the 4th. :(

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Feb 18, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. Angelica Says...

It's actually closed through March 17th.

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Dec 23, 2015 at 4:51 p.m. claire Says...

hi Kathy i booked my fast pass tickets today and also looked at the Kali river rapids and it is closed when we will be there from 21st Feb til 2nd march!!!

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Oct 15, 2017 at 3:53 p.m. Me Says...

I think dragon challenge will be closed during that time

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Dec 7, 2015 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Sometimes the schedule just gets moved up or back entirely. It's less likely that a refurb would end early.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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