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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.**

September 2014   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.

September 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey's PhilharMagic will be closed for refurbishment from September 8 through September 27, 2014. new
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress will be closed for refurbishment from September 22 through September 27, 2014. new
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed for refurbishment from September 27 through October 3, 2014. new
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from September 29 through November 7, 2014. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the 'Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.'new
  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment through September 27, 2014
  • The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square will be closed for refurbishment through September 30, 2014. The store will be transformed into a new Haunted Mansion gift shop, featuring an on-ride photo pickup location and Haunted Mansion merchandise. The new Haunted Mansion on-ride photo opportunity is believed to take place in the hitch-hiking ghost scene.
  • 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

  • World Showcase Players World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 25, 2014. new
  • MO'ROCKIN World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27, 2014. new
  • Off Kilter World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27, 2014. new
  • Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27, 2014. new

Animal Kingdom

  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed from September 2 through November 14, 2014. new
  • Wild by Design Tour will be discontinuation permanently beginning September 26, 2014. new
  • "It's Tough To Be A Bug" will be closed for refurbishment through September 27, 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.

Downtown Disney

  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney West Side will be dark September 16 - 20, 2014.new
  • 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 from September 22 through December 24, 2014.new
  • BoardWalk Resort:
    • Kouzzina Restaurant by Cat Cora will be closing permanently after September 30 2014. Reservations can continue to be made through 9/30. A new restaurant called 'Trattoria al Forno,' featuring handcrafted mozzarella, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens, will open in this BoardWalk location in late 2014. In the interim, the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney's BoardWalk Resort will be offering breakfast for a limited period between October 1 and December 7, with seating from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.. new
    • Guest Room Refurbishment will take place through September 5, 2014. This refurbishment will include new carpets, new tubs, new bed linens, upgrades to the Club-Level lounge and the addition of new ADA-certified rooms.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Fuentes del Morro Water Play Area will be closed from September 2 to September 26, 2014. The Fuentes del Morro Feature Pool will not be affected. new
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Garden View Tea Room is scheduled for refurbishment through September 3, 2014. During this work, the My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party seating time will be 10 a.m., and Afternoon Tea seating will begin at 12:45 p.m., with last-seating at 1:30 p.m. In addition, both of these special experiences will be held inside the Cítricos restaurant during the refurbishment.
  • 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.
    • Mikala Canoe Club Marina Sail Boat, Motorized Boat and Fishing Excursions will not be available from September 15 through September 19, 2014.
    • Kona Island will be closed through September 30, 2014.
    • 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.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • Grandstand Water Play Area will be closed through September 5, 2014
    • Paddock Pool Water Play Area will be closed from September 8 through September 18, 2014.new
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel:
    • Guest Room Refurbishment will take place for an undetermined amount of time. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge Resort:
    • Silver Creek Springs Pool will undergo refurbishment from September 3 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. new
    • Trout Pass Pool Bar will undergo refurbishment from September 3 through November 27, 2014. new

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • The Walt Disney World Monorail System is operating on a new time table to accommodate work on automation upgrades with more efficient service and enhanced safety. The following schedule will be in place from September 1 through September 26, 2014:
    - Magic Kingdom beam - 8:30am to 11:00pm (12:00 a.m. during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party)
    - Magic Kingdom Express beam - 9:30am to 1 hour after Magic Kingdom Fireworks
    - Epcot beam - 9:30am to 11:00p.m.
    Additional buses and watercraft will be available during periods when the monorail is not in operation. new
  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant has closed to transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort and is scheduled to reopen on September 1, 2014 as the Tranquilo Golf Club. The Tranquilo Golf Club will be available to people not staying at the resort or people who are not Golden Oak residents.

October 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed for refurbishment through October 3, 2014.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment through November 8, 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.

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 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 December 24, 2014.
  • 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 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.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Magnolia golf course will be closed from October 20 through October 26, 2014.new
  • Lake Buena Vista golf course will be closed from October 27 through November 2, 2014.new
  • Oak Trail golf course will be closed from October 27 through November 2, 2014.new

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 8, 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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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

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.
  • Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village:
    • Uwanja Camp Water Play area will not be available through December 24, 2014.
  • 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.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Lake Buena Vista golf course will be closed through November 2, 2014.
  • Oak Trail golf course will be closed through November 2, 2014.
  • Palm golf course will be closed from November 3 through November 9, 2014.new

December 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment rom 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.

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
  • Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village:
    • Uwanja Camp Water Play area will not be available through December 24, 2014.
  • 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

  • Cinderella's Royal Table will close for refurbishment from January 5 through March 6, 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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The American Idol Experience will close on January 5, 2015 according to a joint announcement by Disney and FreemantleMedia. The American Idol Experience shares a building with the ABC Sound Studios; there is no word yet as to what may fill the vacant space in the future.new

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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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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