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Theme Park and Resort Rehabs and Closures

Walt Disney World Theme Park and Resort Closures and Refurbishments

** All information is subject to change.**

October 2014   November 2014   December 2014

January 2015   February 2015   March 2015

Not all rehabs and closures listed appear on Disney's official rehab calendar. For updated information on attraction closings, call 407-W-DISNEY (934-7639) just prior to your scheduled visit. Schedules below are meant as an informative rather than official guide and are gathered from a number of official and unofficial sources.

October 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Yankee Trader, a Magic Kingdom retail shop, will be transformed to Memento Mori! featuring Haunted Mansion merchandise. There is a six-per-item purchase limit on product in this store. Memento Mori is anticipated to officially open on October 6, 2014. new
  • Island Supply in Adventureland closes permanently on October 23, 2014 to make way for a new retail store. new
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment through November 7, 2014. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the at the Norway Pavilion will close effective October 6 to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa. new

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour has closed permanently to make way for some new attractions. A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour will be used to extend the magic of “Frozen” during this holiday season. One of the most popular elements of Frozen Summer Fun, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, will be relocating to the Streets of America spot and will continue to operate closer to the popular “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration.” Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.

Animal Kingdom

  • Affection Section at Rafiki's Planet Watch will be closing for refurbishment from October 7 through to November 10, 2014 The other areas of Conservation Station will continue to operate as normal. new
  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed through November 14, 2014.
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for annual refurbishment from October 26 through January 3, 2014. new

Downtown Disney

  • Pleasure Island Bus Loop has closed. Shuttle vans will be available on the West Side to help clear the property each night. From midnight until 1:45 a.m., the shuttle vans will transport Walt Disney World Resort Guests from the O,P,Q lots at the end of the West Side promenade (behind Cirque du Soleil) to the Marketplace bus loop, which services Walt Disney World Resort Guests until 2 a.m.
  • Parking Lots H,I,J,K, located from Disney Quest to the Pleasure Island bus stops, are closed for an unspecified amount of time, as work begins on the new West Parking Garage. As the West Garage work expands access to Ring Road between Entrance 3 and Entrance 4 will be blocked off until fall 2014. The existing lots — including one behind the Cirque du Soleil theater — should be able to handle a normal day of activity at Downtown Disney. Also, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX in the Marketplace, will also be closed. Due to the reduction in guest parking spaces, off-site overflow parking areas will be open on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays, and special events throughout the next few years of the expansion project. Overflow lots include Team Disney (less than 15 minute walk), the Casting Center (5 - 10 minute walk), and SunTrust (5 - 10 minute walk). Electronic directional signage along Buena Vista Drive will direct Guests. Shuttles will also be available during overflow times to transport guests between Team Disney and Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil. Shuttles will operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m."
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • All-Star Music:
    • Intermission Food Court will undergo refurbishment through December 19, 2014 that will include an updated seated area and new meal stations with many create-your-own-meal options. During the refurbishment a temporary grab 'n' go location will be setup in the Note'able Games Arcade area. Offerings will include salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as a Refillable mug station. Additionally, Disney food trucks will be parked across from the Singing Spirits Pool Bar every day for the duration of the Intermission Food Court refurbishment; breakfast will be served from 7-11:30 a.m. and dinner from 6-10:30 p.m.. The Singing Spirits bar will also provide food options and a refillable mug station. Guests can also call for in-room pizza delivery from 3:00 p.m. through 1:00 a.m. each day. Transportation to Disney's All Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort will also be provided to guests who would like to dine at their Food Courts.
    • Note'able Games Arcade will be closed through December 19, 2014. Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
  • Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village:
    • Uwanja Camp Water Play area will not be available through October 24, 2014.
  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place from October 13, 2014 through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.new
  • BoardWalk Resort:
    • Trattoria al Forno, a new restaurant featuring handcrafted mozzarella, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens, will open in late 2014 at the former Broadwalk location of Kouzzina by Cat Cora. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In order to accommodate guests, Disney has made changes to certain room categories in impacted buildings. The renovation will impact views from some rooms in buildings 5, 9, 10 and 11. Also, a portion of the east parking lot nearest to building 11 may be closed. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 15, 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • Walkway between TTC and Disney’s Polynesian Resort has closed to accommodate renovations at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Pedestrians will be directed to use a different path between the two locations.
    • Samoa Snacks will be closed through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Great Ceremonial House Lobby will be under refurbishment through December, 2014. The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In. Rumor has it that the central lobby fountain along with waterfalls and extensive stonework will be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening ath the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.
  • Wilderness Lodge Resort:
    • Silver Creek Springs Pool will undergo refurbishment through November 27, 2014. During this time, the quiet pool will remain open. Guests will also be able to use the pools at both Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Contemporary Resort, with transportation provided to both. Guests who inquire at check-in may also receive on complimentary ticket to Blizzard Beach for each member of their party checking into the resort.
    • Trout Pass Pool Bar will undergo refurbishment through November 27, 2014.

November 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for refurbishment from November 10 through November 21 2014. new
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment through November 7, 2014. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the Norway Pavilion have closed to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic! will be closed for refurbishment from November 19 through November 21 2014. new

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour has closed permanently to make way for some new attractions. A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour will be used to extend the magic of “Frozen” during this holiday season. One of the most popular elements of Frozen Summer Fun, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, will be relocating to the Streets of America spot and will continue to operate closer to the popular “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration.” Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed through November 14, 2014.
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for annual refurbishment through January 3, 2014.

Downtown Disney

  • Pleasure Island Bus Loop has closed. Shuttle vans will be available on the West Side to help clear the property each night. From midnight until 1:45 a.m., the shuttle vans will transport Walt Disney World Resort Guests from the O,P,Q lots at the end of the West Side promenade (behind Cirque du Soleil) to the Marketplace bus loop, which services Walt Disney World Resort Guests until 2 a.m.
  • Parking Lots H,I,J,K, located from Disney Quest to the Pleasure Island bus stops, are closed for an unspecified amount of time, as work begins on the new West Parking Garage. As the West Garage work expands access to Ring Road between Entrance 3 and Entrance 4 will be blocked off until fall 2014. The existing lots — including one behind the Cirque du Soleil theater — should be able to handle a normal day of activity at Downtown Disney. Also, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX in the Marketplace, will also be closed. Due to the reduction in guest parking spaces, off-site overflow parking areas will be open on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays, and special events throughout the next few years of the expansion project. Overflow lots include Team Disney (less than 15 minute walk), the Casting Center (5 - 10 minute walk), and SunTrust (5 - 10 minute walk). Electronic directional signage along Buena Vista Drive will direct Guests. Shuttles will also be available during overflow times to transport guests between Team Disney and Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil. Shuttles will operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m."
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • All-Star Music:
    • Intermission Food Court will undergo refurbishment through December 19, 2014 that will include an updated seated area and new meal stations with many create-your-own-meal options. During the refurbishment a temporary grab 'n' go location will be setup in the Note'able Games Arcade area. Offerings will include salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as a Refillable mug station. Additionally, Disney food trucks will be parked across from the Singing Spirits Pool Bar every day for the duration of the Intermission Food Court refurbishment; breakfast will be served from 7-11:30 a.m. and dinner from 6-10:30 p.m.. The Singing Spirits bar will also provide food options and a refillable mug station. Guests can also call for in-room pizza delivery from 3:00 p.m. through 1:00 a.m. each day. Transportation to Disney's All Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort will also be provided to guests who would like to dine at their Food Courts.
    • Note'able Games Arcade will be closed through December 19, 2014. Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • BoardWalk Resort:
    • Trattoria al Forno, a new restaurant featuring handcrafted mozzarella, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens, will open in late 2014 at the former Broadwalk location of Kouzzina by Cat Cora. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In order to accommodate guests, Disney has made changes to certain room categories in impacted buildings. The renovation will impact views from some rooms in buildings 5, 9, 10 and 11. Also, a portion of the east parking lot nearest to building 11 may be closed. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • Walkway between TTC and Disney’s Polynesian Resort has closed to accommodate renovations at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Pedestrians will be directed to use a different path between the two locations.
    • Samoa Snacks will be closed through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Great Ceremonial House Lobby will be under refurbishment through December, 2014. The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In. Rumor has it that the central lobby fountain along with waterfalls and extensive stonework will be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening ath the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.
  • Wilderness Lodge Resort:
    • Silver Creek Springs Pool will undergo refurbishment from through November 27, 2014. During this time, the quiet pool will remain open. Guests will also be able to use the pools at both Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Contemporary Resort, with transportation provided to both. Guests who inquire at check-in may also receive on complimentary ticket to Blizzard Beach for each member of their party checking into the resort.
    • Trout Pass Pool Bar will undergo refurbishment through November 27, 2014.

December 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from December 1 through December 19, 2014. new
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the Norway Pavilion have closed to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour has closed permanently to make way for some new attractions. A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour will be used to extend the magic of “Frozen” during this holiday season. One of the most popular elements of Frozen Summer Fun, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, will be relocating to the Streets of America spot and will continue to operate closer to the popular “For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration.” Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.

Animal Kingdom

  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for annual refurbishment through January 3, 2014.

Downtown Disney

  • Pleasure Island Bus Loop has closed. Shuttle vans will be available on the West Side to help clear the property each night. From midnight until 1:45 a.m., the shuttle vans will transport Walt Disney World Resort Guests from the O,P,Q lots at the end of the West Side promenade (behind Cirque du Soleil) to the Marketplace bus loop, which services Walt Disney World Resort Guests until 2 a.m.
  • Parking Lots H,I,J,K, located from Disney Quest to the Pleasure Island bus stops, are closed for an unspecified amount of time, as work begins on the new West Parking Garage. The existing lots — including one behind the Cirque du Soleil theater — should be able to handle a normal day of activity at Downtown Disney. Also, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX in the Marketplace, will also be closed. Due to the reduction in guest parking spaces, off-site overflow parking areas will be open on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as holidays, and special events throughout the next few years of the expansion project. Overflow lots include Team Disney (less than 15 minute walk), the Casting Center (5 - 10 minute walk), and SunTrust (5 - 10 minute walk). Electronic directional signage along Buena Vista Drive will direct Guests. Shuttles will also be available during overflow times to transport guests between Team Disney and Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil. Shuttles will operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m."
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • All-Star Music:
    • Intermission Food Court will undergo refurbishment through December 19, 2014 that will include an updated seated area and new meal stations with many create-your-own-meal options. During the refurbishment a temporary grab 'n' go location will be setup in the Note'able Games Arcade area. Offerings will include salads, sandwiches and desserts, as well as a Refillable mug station. Additionally, Disney food trucks will be parked across from the Singing Spirits Pool Bar every day for the duration of the Intermission Food Court refurbishment; breakfast will be served from 7-11:30 a.m. and dinner from 6-10:30 p.m.. The Singing Spirits bar will also provide food options and a refillable mug station. Guests can also call for in-room pizza delivery from 3:00 p.m. through 1:00 a.m. each day. Transportation to Disney's All Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort will also be provided to guests who would like to dine at their Food Courts.
    • Note'able Games Arcade will be closed through December 19, 2014. Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge:
    • The Sunrise Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge will be discontinuation permanently beginning December 28, 2014. new
  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • BoardWalk Resort:
    • Trattoria al Forno, a new restaurant featuring handcrafted mozzarella, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens, will open in late 2014 at the former Broadwalk location of Kouzzina by Cat Cora. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In order to accommodate guests, Disney has made changes to certain room categories in impacted buildings. The renovation will impact views from some rooms in buildings 5, 9, 10 and 11. Also, a portion of the east parking lot nearest to building 11 may be closed. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • Walkway between TTC and Disney’s Polynesian Resort has closed to accommodate renovations at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Pedestrians will be directed to use a different path between the two locations.
    • Samoa Snacks will be closed through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through approximately the end of 2014.
    • Great Ceremonial House Lobby will be under refurbishment through December, 2014. The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In. Rumor has it that the central lobby fountain along with waterfalls and extensive stonework will be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening ath the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.

January 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment from January 4 through January 30, 2015. new
  • Cinderella's Royal Table will close for refurbishment from January 5 through March 6, 2015.new
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from January 23 through January 27, 2015.new
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the Norway Pavilion have closed to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids will close for refurbishment from January 20 through February 2, 2015.new
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for annual refurbishment through January 3, 2014.
  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14, 2015. new

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening ath the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.

February 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from February 2 through March 6, 2015.new
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30 2015. new
  • Cinderella's Royal Table is closed for refurbishment through March 6, 2015.
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the Norway Pavilion have closed to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment through February 2, 2015.
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment through March 14, 2015.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening at the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.

March 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Cinderella's Royal Table is closed for refurbishment through March 6, 2015.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is closed for refurbishment through March 6, 2015.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment through March 30 2015.
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. Work is being done that will create a second ring around the current hub in front of the castle. Enhancements will add more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015. Another significant change coming to this area is the addition of a permanent backstage exit in between Tomorrowland Terrace and Plaza Restaurant to aid with congestion during parades and fireworks. Visit the Disney Parks Blog for more info on this project.

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway located at the Norway Pavilion have closed to make way for a new "Frozen" attraction to be completed in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Animal Kingdom

  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment through March 14, 2015.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
  • will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations are in progress at the Polynesian Resort that will enhance the entire resort and add a new Disney Vacation Club property to the resort. The resort name is rumored to change to Polynesian Village. As part of these ongoing renovation projects, views in some Guest rooms have been impacted. In addition to that, access to the beach area on the east side of the resort, as well as Sunset Pointe (the grassy hill overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, located between the east beach and the main beach near the Nanea Volcano pool), will be unavailable. Screamscape has posted some blueprints that may shed some light on what to expect with the new villas at the Polynesian Resort. Additional rumors about future Poly renovations can be found on our MFL Board. Construction, is expected to be completed March 2015. The resort is also expected to return to its original name, 'Disney's Polynesian Village Resort,' in 2015.
    • The Volcano Pool and Slide will be closed through early 2015 for refurbishment. Enhancements will include a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a 12 person hot tub, and a larger deck with seating. Disney has said that guests visiting during the pool closure will receive at least one complimentary ticket to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (subject to water park closure) for each member of their party and possible admission to Blizzard Beach throughout their stay. To ensure guests have a seamless visit to the Park, Disney will provide transportation to a dedicated check-in at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park where Polynesian Resort guests will receive the complimentary tickets, towels and for those guests who purchased a resort refillable mug, access to the Blizzard Beach beverage refill stations.
    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a new lounge, based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, opening at the Polynesian resort in 2015. During construction, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, has opened near the feature pool area offering the popular Dole Whip.
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