Theme Park & Resort Closures • Walt Disney World

 

Walt Disney World Park and Resort Refurbishments and Closures

** All information is subject to change.**

 July 2015  August 2015

   September 2015    October 2015 November 2015

December 2015 January 2016

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.

July 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party will offer an enhanced version beginning July 5, 2015. In addition to a variety of desserts and beverages, guest will now enjoy a sparkling cider toast as the fireworks begin. Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $49 for adults, $29 for children, tax included. new
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 19, 2015. new
  • Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from July 19 through August 22, 2015. new
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment through September 25, 2015.

Epcot

  • Innoventions West is temporarily closed to prepare for a new guest experience. The Character Spot, where guests can meet Goofy, Minnie and Mickey remains open however. Additionally, a new D-Zone Relaxation Area has been added to the corridor behind Character Spot featuring food carts, seating and electronic charging stations. new
  • Captain EO will return to the Magic Eye Theatre located at the “Imagination” pavilion on July 19, 2015, after a brief hiatus for the showing of sneak peeks of the Disney movies Tomorrowland and Inside Out. new
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Magic of Disney Animation is closing July 12. Although work is underway on a new experience to replace the attraction, there is currently no word on the future plans for the location. The adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open until late August, 2015. new
  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Pre-Arrival FastPass+ for Fantasmic! will not be available July 21-22. Guests will be able to visit the FastPass+ kiosk and select a same-day FastPass+ for the Fantasmic! show during those days.

Animal Kingdom

  • Maharajah Jungle Trek Bat Exhibit will be offstage for several weeks in July. During the refurbishment, the area will be inaccessible as netting is replaced and comfort fans for our animals and Cast are installed. The Wilderness Explorers bat badge will continue to be distributed in the breezeway outside the exhibit.new
  • Park Construction on a new “grab and go” food and beverage location is taking place in the Asia setion of the park where FastPass tickets were once distributed for Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Disney will share more info about the venue as we get closer to the planned opening in late fall. Additionally, a new snack and beverage venue called, Creature Comforts, has opened in the Discovery Island section of the park and features Starbucks Coffee. new
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements to bring the world of Pandora to life. For more info on the new locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey characters, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Pirate Room Renovations will be completed mid-July, 2015. The refurbished rooms in Trinidad South now include details collected from Captains Jack Sparrow’s adventures including Aztec coins, sword handles, a Jolly Roger and custom lanterns. Other new features in the rooms are the pirate map-themed carpets and the vanity that is themed to look like a captain’s desk.
  • Coronado Springs Resort:
    • The Fitness Center and Salon will be closed for maintenance from July 5 through October 12, 2015. A temporary fitness center will be set up for Guests in the Casitas area. new
    • Casitas Leisure Pool will be closed for maintenance from July 5 through October 12, 2015. During this time, Guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other two leisure pools at the resort. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. Additionally, the Tokelau Longhouse is set to reopen on July 1, 2015, making it the final longhouse opening in conjunction with the Disney Vacation Club refurbishment at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest  will no longer permit selfie sticks effective June 30. Any selfie sticks found at bag check will be tagged by Guest Relations and can be claimed upon exiting the park. new
  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course close for refurbishment through July 9, 2015.
  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

August 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10, 2015.new
  • Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment through August 22, 2015.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment through September 25, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.

Epcot

  • The Magic of Disney Animation has closed. Although work is underway on a new experience to replace the attraction, there is currently no word on the future plans for the location. The adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open until late August, 2015.
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

Animal Kingdom

  • Park Construction on a new “grab and go” food and beverage location is taking place in the Asia setion of the park where FastPass tickets were once distributed for Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Disney will share more info about the venue as we get closer to the planned opening in late fall.
  • 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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Beach Club Resort:
    • Guest Room Renovations will take place through August 22, 2015. Rooms will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Some public areas are also expected to be renovated. The resort will remain open throughout this work.
  • Coronado Springs Resort:
    • The Fitness Center and Salon will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. A temporary fitness center will be set up for Guests in the Casitas area.
    • Casitas Leisure Pool will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. During this time, Guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other two leisure pools at the resort.
  • Grand Floridian Spa & Resort
    • Gasparilla Island Grill will be closed from August 23 through September 4, 2015. new
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience will permanently close on August 10, 2015. On August 9th, the last ride of the day will be auctioned off and proceeds donated to Give Kids the World. The current  land used for the RPDE will be used to expand the Magic Kingdom parking lot. new
  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

September 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad will close for refurbishment from September 28 through November 5, 2015. new
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment through September 25, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.

Epcot

  • Living with the Land will close for refurbishment from September 8 through September 17, 2015. new
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from September 7 through September 10, 2015.new
  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

Animal Kingdom

  • Park Construction on a new “grab and go” food and beverage location is taking place in the Asia setion of the park where FastPass tickets were once distributed for Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Disney will share more info about the venue as we get closer to the planned opening in late fall.
  • 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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Contemporary Resort:
    • Feature Pool is undergoing refurbishment from September 8 through September 10, 2015. new
  • Coronado Springs Resort:
    • The Fitness Center and Salon will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. A temporary fitness center will be set up for Guests in the Casitas area.
    • Casitas Leisure Pool will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. During this time, Guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other two leisure pools at the resort.
  • Grand Floridian Spa & Resort
    • Gasparilla Island Grill will be closed through September 4, 2015.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

October 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad will close for refurbishment through November 5, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for refurbishment from October 25, 2015 through sometime in January 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as an alternative. new

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Coronado Springs Resort:
    • The Fitness Center and Salon will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. A temporary fitness center will be set up for Guests in the Casitas area.
    • Casitas Leisure Pool will be closed for maintenance through October 12, 2015. During this time, Guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other two leisure pools at the resort.
  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

November 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad will close for refurbishment through November 5, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through sometime in January 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as an alternative.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed in 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

December 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through sometime in January 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as an alternative.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.-

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on  modified service and/or routes through December 2015.  If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

January 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions to be completed Spring of 2016. Inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, the “Frozen Ever After” attraction takes place in the happily-ever-after-time following “Frozen.” Elsa has embraced her magical powers and created a winter-in-summer day for everyone to experience. After visiting Elsa’s Ice Palace & and the ice-blue world of the North Mountain, guests will return to the Bay of Arendelle to see some of their favorite “Frozen” characters, including the Snowgies from the animated short “Frozen Fever.” Guest will find themselves immerses in many of their favorite moments and music from the film, including Elsa, singing ‘Let it Go’ from a balcony. Plus, the “Royal Sommerhus” will expand the Norway Pavilion as a charming setting for guests to meet & greet with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

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 Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through sometime in January 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as an alternative.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will close for refurbishment sometime in January 2016 after the reopening of Blizzard Beach. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park as an alternative. new

Downtown Disney

  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed for refurbishment from January 1 through April 1, 2016. new
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment from January 1 through June 1, 2016.new
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take play through March 2016. Guests should expect delays. 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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 continue through 2016. Additionally, Disney Quest at Downtown Disney West side is expected to close sometime in 2016 to make way for a new NBA experience.

Disney Resorts

  • Polynesian Resort:
    • Resort Construction will take place through early 2016. Certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • East Leisure Pool is undergoing refurbishment. Work in this area is expected to be complete in early January 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by early 2015. 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. Work on the Dolphin Hotel will be completed in phases starting in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.

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