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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.**

April 2014   May 2014   June 2014

July 2014   August 2014   September 2014

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.

April 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain will close for a short refurbishment from April 7 through to April 9.new
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for a short refurbishment from April 28 through to May 1, 2014.new
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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.
  • Fantasyland is currently undergoing expansion and is scheduled to open in phases through 2014. Both the Storybook Circus and Enchanted Forest areas are now open. A new roller coaster with a Seven Dwarfs theme will open in Fantasyland as part of the expansion sometime spring of 2014.

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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. w times to transport guests between Team Disney and Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil. Shuttles will operate from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016.

Disney Resorts

  • Recreational Changes at Select Resorts:
    Watercraft rental from the marinas of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have been discontinued. Additionally, the operating hours for bike rentals at Port Orleans Resort - Riverside have changed to 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and noon-5 p.m at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. All other recreation offerings, including the Caribbean Pirate Cruise will continue to operate normally.

  • Magic Kingdom Resort Monorails, which had been closed on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., have resumed daily service for the busy Spring Break holiday. It is expected that the monorails will again revert to the construction schedule in place since January sometime after Easter. During the "down" periods additional buses and watercraft will be available for resort transportation. The Epcot monorail has been operating as normal.

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge:
    • Roof Refurbishment will take place through May 3, 2014.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Guest Rooms and Building Renovations will take place throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa through August 2014. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • Moana Mickey's Arcade will close beginning April 1, 2014 for an undetermined period of time. Guests are welcome to use at the nearby Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resort arcades. new
    • Never Land Club Children's Activity Center will be closed for refurbishment through late May, 2014.
    • Captain Cook's will be closed for refurbishment from April 9 until July 2014. An alternate Dining Experience will be available in the Great Ceremonial House from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. While food offerings will be similar, Dole Whip will not be offered. new
    • 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • The Transportation and Ticket Center is currently undergoing a significant upgrade, which includes the addition of a second ferry boat dock to service the Magic Kingdom. The new dock should open sometime spring of 2014 and allow simultaneous loading and unloading of two ferry boats at the same time.
  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant closed on August 11, 2013 for a 10 to 12 month transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. The Four Seasons resort is being built on the site of the old Disney Eagle Pines golf course. Also on that site is the new Disney Golden Oak residential community, whose residents will also have access to Osprey Ridge when it reopens.

May 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for a short refurbishment through to May 1, 2014.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover will be closed for refurbishment from May 3 through June 30, 2014 new
  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment from May 3 through August 20, 2014 new
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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.
  • Fantasyland is currently undergoing expansion and is scheduled to open in phases through 2014. Both the Storybook Circus and Enchanted Forest areas are now open. A new roller coaster with a Seven Dwarfs theme will open in Fantasyland as part of the expansion sometime spring of 2014.

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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • 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

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge:
    • Roof Refurbishment will take place through May 3, 2014.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Guest Rooms and Building Renovations will take place throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa through August 2014. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment between May and late August, 2014.
    • Never Land Club Children's Activity Center will be closed for refurbishment through late May, 2014.
    • Captain Cook's is closed for refurbishment until July 2014. An alternate Dining Experience will be available in the Great Ceremonial House from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. While food offerings will be similar, Dole Whip will not be offered.
    • 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Magnolia Golf Course will close for refurbishments from May 21 through June 4, 2014. new
  • Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course will close for refurbishments from May 21 through June 4, 2014. new
  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant closed on August 11, 2013 for a 10 to 12 month transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. The Four Seasons resort is being built on the site of the old Disney Eagle Pines golf course. Also on that site is the new Disney Golden Oak residential community, whose residents will also have access to Osprey Ridge when it reopens.

June 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover will be closed for refurbishment through June 30, 2014
  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment through August 20, 2014
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.
  • Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade is slated to end permanently sometime in June 2014 due to construction for Avatar Land impeding the parade route.new

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • 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

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Guest Rooms and Building Renovations will take place throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa through August 2014. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • Captain Cook's is closed for refurbishment until July 2014. An alternate Dining Experience will be available in the Great Ceremonial House from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. While food offerings will be similar, Dole Whip will not be offered.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through late August, 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Disney's Magnolia Golf Course will close for refurbishments through June 4, 2014.
  • Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course will close for refurbishments through June 4, 2014.
  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant closed on August 11, 2013 for a 10 to 12 month transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. The Four Seasons resort is being built on the site of the old Disney Eagle Pines golf course. Also on that site is the new Disney Golden Oak residential community, whose residents will also have access to Osprey Ridge when it reopens.

July 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment through August 20, 2014
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey and Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade have closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • 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

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Guest Rooms and Building Renovations will take place throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa through August 2014. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • Captain Cook's is closed for refurbishment until July 2014. An alternate Dining Experience will be available in the Great Ceremonial House from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. While food offerings will be similar, Dole Whip will not be offered.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through late August, 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool will be closed from July 28 through March 2015. new

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant closed on August 11, 2013 for a 10 to 12 month transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. The Four Seasons resort is being built on the site of the old Disney Eagle Pines golf course. Also on that site is the new Disney Golden Oak residential community, whose residents will also have access to Osprey Ridge when it reopens.

August 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment through August 20, 2014
  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey and Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade have closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • 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

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Guest Rooms and Building Renovations will take place throughout Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa through August 2014. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • Trader Jack's and Samoa Snacks is scheduled for refurbishment through late August, 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool will be closed through March 2015.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Osprey Ridge golf course, its pro shop and the Sand Trap restaurant closed on August 11, 2013 for a 10 to 12 month transition over to a course for the Four Seasons resort, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2014. The Four Seasons resort is being built on the site of the old Disney Eagle Pines golf course. Also on that site is the new Disney Golden Oak residential community, whose residents will also have access to Osprey Ridge when it reopens.

September 2014 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Cinderella Castle Hub Enhancements are underway. The moat around Cinderella Castle has been drain. This work may be being done as part of a larger project 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey and b>Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade have closed permanently. "Festival of the Lion King" at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our our Guide to Animal Kingdom's Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Marketplace Boat Dock has closed to facilitate construction on the new Disney Springs Marketplace causeway bridge. During the closure, boat service to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans will stop only at the Pleasure Island dock. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs will stop at the West Side dock. The Downtown Disney water taxi service will offer service between the West Side and Pleasure Island docks. The Marketplace dock closure is expected to last through late 2014.
  • 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, beginning March 18 2014, parts of lots E, F and G, which are all in the area outside of T-REX and Pollo Campero 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."
  • 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

  • Disney’s 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 will open in this BoardWalk location in late 2014. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Renovations have begun 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.
    • 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 may be removed to expand the front desk area.
    • The Volcano Pool will be closed through March 2015.
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