Taking a trip to Walt Disney World is a once in a lifetime vacation for a lot of people. There’s so much to do there that unless you were to stay for a month, you’d likely never be able to do it all in one trip, but it would be absolutely heartbreaking to arrive at the resort and discover that one of the attractions you had your heart set on experiencing was one of the rides that was closed due to scheduled refurbishment.
Disney World is massive and most attractions require some degree of routine maintenance to prevent them from breaking down unexpectedly. The good news is that the park usually makes these plans in advance, so you can at least know what’s set to be closed before you arrive at the most magical place on earth. Here’s a rundown of the Walt Disney World rides that are closed for refurbishment, and what is set to be closed in the future.
Upcoming Magic Kingdom Closures
Walt Disney World Railroad – Closed December 3, 2018 - Return: TBD (Likely by Spring 2023)
Quite possibly the longest closure in the history of Walt Disney World, especially for an attraction that is not going to be replaced. The Walt Disney World Railroad closed in December 2018 due to construction on the upcoming Tron: Lightcycle Run roller coaster. Due to the construction delay brought on by the pandemic the railroad is likely to be closed for more than four full years. The ride is set to be open in Spring 2023, so the railroad should be back at least by then, though a reopening prior to Tron quite possible. Testing for the train was officially announced on October 27, 2022, so being able to circumnavigate Magic Kingdom will be here soon.
Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. – Closed August 1, 2022 - TBD
Another closure brought about by the construction work in Tomorrowland involves the gift shop for the roller coaster next door. Guests leaving Space Mountain are not currently exiting through the gift shop, as they normally would, because the shop itself, called the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., is undergoing it’s own renovation. It’s set to reopen with an entirely new look. The closure is currently scheduled to run as far out as the current calendar goes, which is the end of January 2023
Pete’s Silly Sideshow – Closed March 16, 2020 - TBD
Pete’s Silly Sideshow is a character Meet and Greet space in Fantasyland that has been closed since the global pandemic. It’s one of several places within Disney World that has yet to reopen, and in many cases some of those attractions may never reopen. However, the Disney World website lists Pete’s Silly Sideshow as "Returning Soon” so this one is coming back, we just don’t know when.
Splash Mountain – Closure date TBD
One attraction to keep tabs on for closure is Splash Mountain. We know the popular log flume ride is going to be closing sooner, rather than later, and when it does, it will be closed for a long time. Splash Mountain is set to get an entirely new name and a new theme, as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, an attraction that will act as a sequel to The Princess and the Frog. We know that the new version of the ride is set to open in late 2024, and in order to get the work done on the massive attraction by then, it will need to close soon.
Upcoming Epcot Closures
The American Adventure – Closed September 19, 2022 - December 16, 2022
The American Adventure is the center piece of the American pavilion at Epcot. It’s a patriotic look at the history of the American Experiment that includes a 70 foot screen, 35 animatronic characters, and several popular songs. Any attraction with that many animatronics is going to need regular work, and the show closed in September and is set to reopen in mid-December. The building housing the show is still open, and other attractions, like the Voices of Liberty, are still available.
Upcoming Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closures
For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – Closed January 9 - January 27, 2023
When Frozen first took the world by storm it was the music that captured most people. For those who want to blast “Let it Go” at the top of their lungs, there’s For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Unfortunately, fans will have to let it go in January as it will be shutting down following the popular holiday festivities for a refurbishment that will last most of the month.
Upcoming Disney World Water Parks Closures
Typhoon Lagoon - Closed November 13 - TBD
In addition to the four theme parks you’ll find two water parks on Walt Disney World property. After remaining closed for a year and a half following the pandemic reopening. Typhoon Lagoon finally reopened in early 2022, but the water park will be closing for its annual winter refurbishment as usual. Currently, Walt Disney World is not listing hours for the park beginning November 13. It will likely reopen around March unless it undergoes a significant refurbishment.
Other Upcoming Walt Disney World Closures
Skyliner Gondolas – Closed January 22 - January 29, 2023
Walt Disney World is such a massive resort that simply getting around it is not easy. Navigating was made slightly easier, however, when the Skyliner was introduced. It connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with four of the resort hotels, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Guests looking to move between those locations will need to make other arrangements for this week in late January as the Skyliner will be getting refurbished. It may be annoying, but it will hopefully prevent catastrophic Skyliner failures that have happened in the past.
We’ll be keeping this space updated as attractions reopen and new refurbishments are announced.
Narcoossee’s Closed July 5, 2022 - TBD 2023
The Grand Floridian has some of the best table service dining locations in all of Walt Disney World, and Narcoossee’s is no exception. The Grand Floridian has been undergoing a phased refurbishment since March 2022 and in July Victoria & Albert's, seen by many as the flagship restaurant of the entire resort, finally reopened for the first time since the pandemic closure. Narcoossee’s closed around the same time. No official reopening date has been given but Walt Disney World says the location should reopen "next year" meaning some time in 2023.
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