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2022 & 2023 Disney World Refurbishment Schedule & Ride Closures

Nothing is worse than spending hours upon hours planning your trip to Walt Disney World, only to find out your favorite attraction is under refurbishment. That’s why we created this 2022 & 2023 Disney World Refurbishments and Closure schedule, which will help you know what’s open and what’s closed.

Walt Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments

In this post, we will look at all 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) and let you know the refurbishment calendar and which rides are closed in each park.

We’ll also cover temporary closures, like the ones due to the current health situation, and which rides in Walt Disney World are permanently closed.

It’s not uncommon for Disney to change the refurbishment dates around on the calendar, so make sure to keep checking back here multiple times before your next trip, so you can see which rides will be open and which ones will be closed. We’ll also cover refurbishments to hotels, restaurants, and shops in Disney World.

Of course, right now all nighttime spectaculars are closed, as well as many other entertainment options in the park. We’ll let you know when Disney decides to reopen those too. You can read our Disney World Reopening Guide for more answers to your most common FAQs.

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Why Does Disney Do Refurbishments to Rides?

Disney World Refurbishments and Ride Closures

While it’s always the biggest bummer to go to Walt Disney World and have your favorite attraction closed, at times it happens. Sometimes you can prevent it by looking at the closures schedule and planning your trip for another time, but other times, Disney decides to refurbish attractions at the last minute, without notice.

Why does Disney do refurbishments to rides?

As much as we don’t like them, attraction refurbishments are necessary from time to time. With the millions of people that ride these attractions each year, eventually, they break down and need fixing.

Some of the Disney World ride closures could last a few days, and sometimes they last for months. It all depends on the type of work being done. In the long run, it’s best for these attractions and if they didn’t close from time to time, their lifespan would be much shorter.

So while it’s never fun when you can’t ride certain attractions, they are unavoidable.

Walt Disney World Refurbishments

What Disney World rides will be closed in 2022 and beyond? Below we have a list of all the refurbishments happening in Walt Disney World right now, and which ones will be closed. Each one has a date with the beginning of the refurbishment and an expected completion date.

Again, these dates change often and Disney is unfortunately known to have refurbishments last longer than originally planned, so plan your trip with caution, knowing things can change by the time you get there.

Magic Kingdom

Tron Roller Coaster Construction Update December 2018 Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is going to be the centerpiece for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, so there will be a lot of attraction refurbishments around the park from now through early 2022.

Disney would like to touch up a lot of the older attractions before the festivities begin, but it’s unclear how much is in the budget for big refurbishments. It’s likely we’ll just see a lot of small improvements.

Refurbishments:

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Closed 3/15/20 – TBD)
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade (NOW OPEN)
  • Hall of Presidents (NOW OPEN) Long refurbishment to add the Joe Biden audio-animatronic figure and other changes.
  • Jungle Cruise (NOW OPEN) – Major refurbishment making the ride more inclusive, changing multiple scenes, and adding an audio-animatronic skipper and chimpanzees.
  • Main Street Confectionery (NOW OPEN) This Magic Kingdom sweets shops closed for re-imagineering and now has a fresh look and layout.
  • Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire (NOW OPEN)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (NOW OPEN) – Mickey’s PhilharMagic just added a new ‘Coco’ scene and a new digital projection system to the attraction.
  • Splash Mountain (NOW OPEN) – It recently opened from regular maintenance. This has nothing to do with The Princess and the Frog refurbishment and it looks like that project has been significantly delayed.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (Closed 12/3/18 – TBD, Summer 2022?) The Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed since 2018, and still isn’t open. The attraction was shut down for the new TRON coaster being built since its track is in the way. Expect this to open back up sometime in 2022, perhaps Summer.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Station (Closed & Reopening 2022)
  • Disney World Monorail – The monorail is running, but it is undergoing regular maintenance and therefore can have changed schedules and delays. Plan accordingly.

Temporary Health & Safety Closures:

  • Character Meets (Returning April 18, 2022) – Non-distanced Character Meets are returning throughout Walt Disney World have returned after being temporarily suspended due to new health restrictions. Read our post on Character Meets Coming Back to Disney World for more details.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)
  • Main Street Vehicles (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)
  • Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)

Coming Soon:

EPCOT

Spaceship Earth behind construction walls at EPCOT

This is the park in Disney World with the most refurbishments at the time, which is understandable considering the massive transformation project EPCOT is currently undergoing.

Have patience, especially when visiting EPCOT park since it’s likely that attraction statuses could change between now and your vacation.

EPCOT is also the park with the most coming attractions, though again that is very much in flux right now since Disney’s huge budget cuts last year, and they aren’t spending as much money as originally planned.

We anticipate many of the park’s attractions to be delayed and the work as a whole to move much slower than thought.

Refurbishments:

  • Advanced Training Lab (NOW OPEN)
  • Canada – Far and Wide (Closed June 27, 2021 – TBD)
  • Club Cool (NOW OPEN) Old location closed down and opening in a new space.
  • Creations Shop (NOW OPEN) Recently opened a brand new store in a whole new space and with new merchandise lines.
  • Electric Umbrella (Closed Permanently) Closed and will be replaced by Connections Café.
  • EPCOT Entrance (NOW OPEN) The work is finally finished on the new EPCOT entrance including the new fountain and lighting package on Spaceship Earth.
  • Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future (NOW OPEN) – This area has closed and will be getting a refurbishment when the Spaceship Earth project moves forward, but for now is open.

Temporary Health & Safety Closures:

  • Character Meets (Returning April 18, 2022)Non-distanced Character Meets are returning throughout Walt Disney World have returned after being temporarily suspended due to new health restrictions. Read our post on Character Meets Coming Back to Disney World for more details.
  • EPCOT performers throughout World Showcase (Some are back, the rest TBD) – A few of the popular entertainment acts around World Showcase Lagoon are back like music in Canada and the drummers in Japan. We are still waiting for many other acts to return.

Coming Soon:

  • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening TBD, 2022) No opening date yet.
  • Disney Harmonious (NOW OPEN) This new nighttime show was supposed to open in Summer 2020 but opened on October 1, 2021.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening May 27, 2022) The huge E-Ticket attraction based on the Guardians of the Galaxy will open sometime in Summer 2022.
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana (Opening TBD, Late 2022-Early 2023?) The first attraction in a Disney park based on Disney’s Moana. No opening date has been given.
  • Play! Pavilion (Opening TBD, 2022-2023?) The Play! Pavilion was supposed to open in 2021, but might be delayed until 2022.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (NOW OPEN)This trackless ride based on Pixar’s Ratatouille has preview events in September 2021 but officially opened on October 1, 2021.
  • Space 220 (NOW OPEN) This new space restaurant was supposed to open in Early 2020, but officially opened on September 20, 2021.

Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Rides Tower of Terror

Hollywood Studios just recently went through a ton of new construction and now most projects are being done in other parks. No big refurbishments are scheduled for the time being.

Refurbishments:

  • No current refurbishments

Temporary Health & Safety Closures:

  • Character Meets (Returning April 18, 2022) – Non-distanced Character Meets are returning throughout Walt Disney World have returned after being temporarily suspended due to new health restrictions. Read our post on Character Meets Coming Back to Disney World for more details.
  • Disney Junior Dance Party (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)
  • Fantasmic! (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD 2022) All nighttime spectaculars including fireworks shows are closed right now in Disney World. The moat has been drained so we won’t see this for a while.
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD) All nighttime spectaculars including fireworks shows are closed right now in Disney World.
  • Star Wars Launch Bay (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Closed 3/16/20 – TBD) Some have rumored that the Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for good and be replaced though that hasn’t been confirmed from Disney.

Coming Soon:

  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ (Opening TBD, 2022) The new table service restaurant in Toy Story Land was supposed to open in Summer 2020, but that has been delayed. It will open in 2022 but no date has been given at this time.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom ride closures like Flight of Passage

There are very few refurbishments going on at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and except for the park’s entrance, everything is very quiet.

Refurbishments:

  • Animal Kingdom Entrance (Now Open) The entire entrance of the park has been re-done including the drop-off area and security checks. This will make for a more seamless entry process for guests.
  • Expedition Everest (Closed 1/4/22 – TBD May 2022?) – Closing for a lengthy refurbishment to work on the ride control system. No work is scheduled to fix the Yeti. We don’t have an exact reopening date at this time.
  • Kali River Rapids (NOW OPEN) – Closing for a standard refurbishment during the Winter months. No reopening date has been announced.
  • TriceraTop Spin (Closed June 13 – June 17, 2022) – This spinner ride is closed for a short refurbishment for about a week in June.

Temporary Health & Safety Closures:

  • Character Meets (Returning April 18, 2022) – Non-distanced Character Meets are returning throughout Walt Disney World have returned after being temporarily suspended due to new health restrictions. Read our post on Character Meets Coming Back to Disney World for more details.
  • Primeval Whirl (Closed permanently) – After months of seasonal operation, this ride was closed down permanently. No replacement attraction has been announced yet.
  • Rivers of Light – We Are One (Closed permanently) – Canceled and will eventually be replaced with a new show.

Coming Soon:

  • New Finding Nemo Musical Show (Opening June 13, 2022)Disney recently announced a new stage show based on Finding Nemo is in production. Read more about the details here.

Water Parks

Both Disney World Water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach closed in March 2020. Blizzard Beach was the first to reopen, followed by Typhoon Lagoon in January 2022. We expect them to operate on a more limited schedule until travel returns to 100%.

Blizzard Beach (Closed 1/1/22 – TBD)

  • This is likely for routine maintenance since it was the only water park operating since 2020. No reopening date has been given at this time.

Typhoon Lagoon (NOW OPEN)

  • No current refurbishments

General Disney World Water Park Refurbishment Info

  • The Walt Disney World water parks run seasonally and are close often due to the weather. The water parks usually close one at a time from January to March annually for regular maintenance and refurbishments, so one park should always be open.

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Resort Hotels

Disney World Resort Hotel Refurbishments

With dozens of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels on property, they all need to undergo refurbishments from time to time. These can be on the hotel rooms themselves or any other part of the resorts including the pools, restaurants, lobby, bars, and common areas.

In recent years, many of the rooms at the Disney World resorts have frankly been dated, and not what you’d expect when spending $200-$500 per night or more on a hotel room. Thankfully there are a number of hotels that are getting completely new rooms with new furniture and furnishings.

Showing up to a hotel when there is major work going on can be annoying, and loud construction noise can even make it hard to sleep.

Make sure you look at this list of Disney World hotel refurbishments before you plan your trip so you know what kind of work is being done at your hotel and if you are ok with it.

Unfortunately, there are also still some hotels in Walt Disney World that are closed, many without reopening dates. We’ll continue to update the list as soon as we have those dates. Read our post on Disney World Hotels after reopening to see all the changes to expect when you go.

Here is the current list of Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Refurbishments:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

  • Lobby Remodel and Update (NOW OPEN) – The entire lobby is getting updated with a refreshed look and new layout and design similar to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Old Key West Resort.
  • Re-Imagined Guest Rooms Work recently finished on reimagined rooms throughout the entire resort.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

  • Re-Imagined Guest Rooms (Opening TBD, 2022?) The reimagining of all the guest rooms at All-Star Music was going on when the resort closed. It’s unclear how far along they are and when the rest of the rooms will be upgraded.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (NOW OPEN)

  • Re-Imagined Guest Rooms (TBD) Like the other 2 All-Star Resorts, the All-Star Sports was scheduled for a re-imagining of all the guest rooms. Work has not started yet and it’s unclear when they will be finished.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

  • Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village (Closed January 2022 – April 2022) – Multi-month refurbishment to the pool area.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Cozy Cone Pool (NOW OPEN)
  • Guest Room Refurbishment (Completion TBD) – Guest rooms at Art of Animation are being lightly upgraded with changes to furniture, carpeting, etc. Work is done on the Cars suites, and now is being done to the Nemo suites, with The Little Mermaid and The Lion King after that.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

  • Resort-wide Refurbishment (Completion TBD, 2023) – Disney has announced a huge resort-wide refurbishment of the Boardwalk Inn Resort including a new lobby design, updated guest rooms, and new dining options.
  • The Cake Bake Shop (Opening 2023) – This new bakery/table service restaurant is taking the place of the old ESPN Zone restaurant. It will have savory and sweet options and focus on its many decadent dessert options including cakes.
  • New Sandwich Shop (Opening TBD, 2023) – The Boardwalk Bakery is closing and being replaced by a new sandwich shop.
  • New Coffee Bar (Opening TBD) – A new coffee bar is going near the hotel lobby.

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

  • No current refurbishments

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Feature Pool and Whirlpool Spas (Closed 1/9/23 – April 2023)
  • Resort Rooms Refurbishment (NOW OPEN) Disney has done a major refurbishment to the guest rooms in the main A-frame building of the Contemporary Resort. The rooms have been re-themed to The Incredibles with a more modern design.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Copper Creek Springs Pool (Closed 2/14/22 – TBD)

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Reopening 6/23/22)
  • Meadow Swimmin’ Pool (Closed 1/1/23 – April 2023)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Narcoossee’s (7/14/22 – TBD 2023?) – This is closing for a lengthy refurbishment, likely similar in size and scope to that of Citricos. Expect dining room and menu updates.
  • Citricos (NOW OPEN) – A big refurbishment for Citricos has just taken place including adding Mary Poppins theming throughout the restaurant. The entire menu has also been updated. Planned including overhauling the dining room and menu.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Lobby Remodel and Update (NOW OPEN) – The entire lobby is was recently updated with a refreshed look and new layout and design similar to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Kona Cafe (Closed August 15 – September 1) – The popular table service restaurant will close for at least a couple of weeks, but probably longer. No word yet on exactly what is changing or being updated.
  • Resort-wide Refurbishment (NOW OPEN)Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort closed for a massive refurbishment from 2020 through July 2021. A total refurbishment was done on the Great Ceremonial House, lobby entrance, carport, monorail stations, and more. Guest rooms have been re-themed to Moana.
  • Monorail (NOW OPEN) The Disney World Monorail station at the Polynesian was closed through July 2021 as the entire monorail station was refurbished.

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (NOW OPEN)

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (NOW OPEN)

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Grandstand Pool (Closed 2/15/22 – TBD)

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Resort-wide Refurbishment (Completion Date TBD) The Wilderness Lodge is undergoing a huge refurbishment to all its regular hotel rooms. Some of the rooms are now available as the rest of the refurbishment continues.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • No current refurbishments

Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge (Project On Hold/Canceled)

  • This is a new Disney World Resort Hotel that was being built on the site of the old River Country water park. Site work has come to a stop and construction crews removed the concrete and rebar. At this point, it’s unclear if the project has been canceled altogether or just put on extended hold until a future date.

Disney World Transportation

  • The Disney Skyliner – No current refurbishments.

Disney Springs

  • No current refurbishments.

Permanent Ride Closures

Permanently closed Disney World rides like Great Movie Ride

While some attractions close only temporarily, others sadly close permanently. This happens when the ride is no longer deemed popular enough or Disney has other plans for that space, perhaps bringing in a new attraction in its place.

Here is a list of the permanent closures in Disney World in the recent past:

Magic Kingdom

  • Happily Ever After – (Closed 9/29/21)
  • The Pirates League – (Closed 3/15/20)
  • The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History – (Closed 1/1/20)
  • Stitch’s Great Escape – (Closed 1/6/18)
  • Wishes – (Closed 5/11/17)

EPCOT

  • Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – (Closed 2/17/20)
  • The Circle of Life – (Closed 2/4/18)
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure – (Closed 8/13/17)
  • EPCOT Forever – (Closed 9/28/21)
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – (Closed 9/30/19)
  • Mariachi Cobre Presents… The Story of Coco – (Closed 6/2/20)

Hollywood Studios

  • The Disney Society Orchestra and Friends – (Closed 10/4/20)
  • Wonderful World of Animation – (Closed 5/13/20)
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – (Closed 2/23/20)
  • The Great Movie Ride – (Closed 8/13/17)

Animal Kingdom

Disney World Seasonal Closures

Some closures in Disney World are seasonal, meaning similar work happens on those rides around the same time each year. Some of this is weather-based, like water parks for example, that are less likely to be popular during the Winter.

Here is a list of Seasonal Refurbishments in Disney World. These dates are estimates based on closures in past years:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Closes October to January for general maintenance and seasonal refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Closes January to March for general maintenance and seasonal refurbishment.
  • Kali River Rapids – Can close anytime from January to March for general maintenance and seasonal refurbishment.
  • Jungle Cruise – Usually closes in Late October to Early November for Jingle Cruise holiday overlay; closes in Early January to remove holiday overlay.
  • Splash Mountain – This is one of the most refurbished attractions in Disney World. Usually closes in January/February for general maintenance and seasonal refurbishment.

What Season Does Disney Do Refurbishments?

Test Track refurbishment

Disney tends to do more refurbishments and ride closures in the “off-season” and when there are fewer people in the parks.

January and February are popular months and are a good time to tune up the rides after the holiday season. This is especially true for water attractions like Kali River Rapids, Splash Mountain, or the water parks.

September is another popular month for refurbishments in Disney World since most of the crowds have gone home with the kids back in school. That means it’s a perfect time to fix up attractions needing maintenance.

While going to Disney World during the holidays or the busy season is more crowded, you are also less likely to find your favorite attraction closed for refurbishment at that time, which is a definite advantage.

Rumored Refurbishments

Figment animatronic Journey Into Imagination EPCOT

There are many rides in Disney World that NEED refurbishing, some staying the same for decades.

Here is a list of some Disney World attractions that have been rumored to be getting refurbishments and could be closing soon. Most of these haven’t been confirmed by Disney yet, but they are the most likely to close.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Big Thunder Mountain special effects additions
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – scene enhancements
  • Carousel of Progress – scene change
  • It’s a Small World – Disney character addition
  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Astro Orbiter

EPCOT:

  • Spaceship Earth – A total overhaul of this attraction was supposed to happen in May 2020, but then was postponed when the parks closed. No new date has been given yet.
  • Journey Into Imagination This has been the most rumored attraction to be getting a refurbishment, yet nothing confirmed from Disney. Many fans are not fans of the current version, but doing something that keeps Figment in the attraction is a must.

Hollywood Studios:

  • Tower of Terror – It’s possible new special effects could be added

Animal Kingdom:

  • Expedition Everest – We’ve been hearing about fixing the Yeti for years now, but it’s a very complicated task that would take months to do. Not sure that this will ever get done but we can hope.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the current list of ride closures and attraction refurbishments at Disney World…

  • Which ride are you most disappointed to see closed?
  • Which rides need refurbishing the most?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Pam

Friday 8th of April 2022

I hate the loss of The Great Movie ride. There was always a line. It moved quickly and was a much better ride once they had Robert Osborn do the voice over. I will skip the new “modern” drawings Micky and Minnie ride that replaced it. Not a fan of the artwork.

Wish they would replace Indiana Jones with the ride that is out in California. The current show is not something one would want to see more than once.

Star Tours was improved with multiple story lines when we were last at Disney World in 2018. We are big fans and usually ride more than once.

The Muppet movie needs to have a new 3D movie. Last time, it wasn’t even 3D.

I will miss the Universe of Energy, more need for this now as we move to other power sources due to climate change. Ellen and Jamie Lee Curtis made learning about energy fun. Disney could have detailed its switch to solar power.

Karen Falce

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

We are planning to stay at the Boardwalk Inn, club level, which has a lounge open to guests. Will this be open and serving breakfasts and snacks all day, as it has in the past?

Lisa

Friday 24th of December 2021

Does anyone know if Spirit of Aloha will be returning?

ANNETTE b LOWERY

Friday 24th of December 2021

The close of The Great Movie Ride. I loved the way the seats separated. However I have rode the new one with Micky and its very good. It would have been nice to keep the old way on something as well.

Pam

Friday 8th of April 2022

@ANNETTE b LOWERY, They had plenty of space. They could have added the Mickey and Minnie ride to the back area of the park. After all, the park is named after a movie studio.

Michelle

Monday 12th of July 2021

I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Big Rhunder Mountain and Test Track are both open May 2022. I have been to WDW twice (and May will be the 3rd and final time) and both times these rides were closed. I would love to do them.

Pam

Friday 8th of April 2022

@Michelle, We are headed to WDW in May of 2022 as well. We usually ride both of those rides. Hope they are running.

Michelle

Monday 12th of July 2021

@Michelle, I meant Thunder!