Theme Park & Resort Closures • Walt Disney World

 

Walt Disney World Park and Resort Refurbishments and Closures

** All information is subject to change.**

 September 2015    October 2015

    November 2015 December 2015 January 2016

    February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016

    June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 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.

September 2015 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Briar Patch will close for refurbishment from September 21 through September 24, 2015.new
  • Pirates of the Caribbean is close for refurbishment through September 25, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • Jungle Skipper Canteen, a new table service restaurant, will open later this year in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. The location’s storyline is an extension of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction, and will include rooms themed to a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room for the famous Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Jungle skippers will serve lunch and dinner inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia and South America with a healthy dose of humor. The restaurant’s soft opening is expected in late 2015.

Epcot

  • Living with the Land will close for refurbishment from September 8 through September 17, 2015. new
  • 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, Glidden Paint has announced that it will open a new ‘Colortopia’ Exhibit in Innoventions East sometime in the Fall of 2015.
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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
  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, character meetings, special merchandise and food offerings later this year; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Beastly Kiosk will close for refurbishment from September 2 through September 22, 2015. During this time, menu items from the kiosks will not be relocated. new
  • Discovery Island Kiosk, offering allergy-friendly food options, will be closed for refurbishment through September 2, 2015. The allergy-friendly options normally available at the kiosk will not be offered during the closure. Guests that have food allergies can still speak to chefs/coordinators at other locations for assistance.
  • Pizzafari will be closed for refurbishment through October 19, 2015 in order for the electrical infrastructure to be installed for a  new table-service restaurant opening next to Pizzafari in the Fall.  During the closure, the Guest restroom will be operational and accessible through the exterior entrance.
  • Primeval Whirl will be closed for refurbishment through November 12, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Coronado Springs Resort:
    • Bus Stop 3 will be closed due to construction through September 10, 2015. Guests should use bus Stops 2 and 4 during this time.
    • 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 6, 2015.
  • Polynesian Village 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. Guests may enjoy the Lava Pool and Kiki Tikis Splash Play area as an alternative to the East Pool.
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
    • French Quarter Kiddie Pool will be closed from September 8 through December 23, 2015. new
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • The Load Zone at the Swan Hotel has been moved to the front of the Swan Convention Center from its current position. This move is scheduled to last until September 27, 2015.
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled for both hotels, starting with the Swan Hotel which should be completed by September 2015. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 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 October 2015 and is scheduled for completion by September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology.
  • Yacht Club Resort:
    • The Resort’s Porte-Cochere will undergo refurbishment near the Valet parking lot entrance and the Disney Magical Express pick-up and drop-off location through September 11, 2015. During this time, Walt Disney World buses will enter the resort via the main entrance pass the security kiosk. The buses will make the first left into the Yacht & Beach Convention Center porte-cochere, and will enter on the right side under the covered porte-cochere to pick-up and drop-off Guest.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World

  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course will undergo refurbishment through September 3, 2015.
  • Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System will be adjusting monorail service on the monorail beams. As a result, monorail service will run on an adjusted schedule through September 5, 2015. Express monorail mid-day suspensions from 11:31 a.m. until 5:59 p.m. will only occur on Thursdays during this time. Buses and watercraft will remain available to Guests.
  • 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 from October 12 through November 20, 2015. new
  • Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour will close for refurbishment from October 12 through November 20, 2015. new
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • Jungle Skipper Canteen, a new table service restaurant, will open later this year in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. The location’s storyline is an extension of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction, and will include rooms themed to a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room for the famous Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Jungle skippers will serve lunch and dinner inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia and South America with a healthy dose of humor. The restaurant’s soft opening is expected in late 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, Glidden Paint has announced that it will open a new ‘Colortopia’ Exhibit in Innoventions East sometime in the Fall of 2015.
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, character meetings, special merchandise and food offerings later this year; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pizzafari will be closed for refurbishment through October 19, 2015 in order for the electrical infrastructure to be installed for a  new table-service restaurant opening next to Pizzafari in the Fall.  During the closure, the Guest restroom will be operational and accessible through the exterior entrance.
  • Primeval Whirl will be closed for refurbishment through November 12, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for refurbishment from October 4, 2015 through January 2, 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 place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • 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 Village 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. Guests may enjoy the Lava Pool and Kiki Tikis Splash Play area as an alternative to the East Pool.
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels:
    • The Load Zone at the Swan Hotel has been moved to the front of the Swan Convention Center from its current position. This move is scheduled to last until September 27, 2015.
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur in phases from October 2015 to mid-December 2015 AND from June 2016 through September 2016 at the Dolphin Hotel. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience. new
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed from October 26, 2015 through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017. new

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

  • Peter Pan’s Flight will close for refurbishment from November 2 through November 7, 2015.new
  • The Diamond Horseshoe will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment through November 19, 2015.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment through November 20, 2015.
  • Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour will be closed for refurbishment November 20, 2015.
  • Jungle Skipper Canteen, a new table service restaurant, will open later this year in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. The location’s storyline is an extension of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction, and will include rooms themed to a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room for the famous Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Jungle skippers will serve lunch and dinner inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia and South America with a healthy dose of humor. The restaurant’s soft opening is expected in late 2015.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, character meetings, special merchandise and food offerings later this year; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl will be closed for refurbishment through November 12, 2015.
  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through January 2, 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 place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Polynesian Village 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. Guests may enjoy the Lava Pool and Kiki Tikis Splash Play area as an alternative to the East Pool.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur in phases from October 2015 to mid-December 2015 AND from June 2016 through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

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

  • Jungle Skipper Canteen, a new table service restaurant, will open later this year in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. The location’s storyline is an extension of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction, and will include rooms themed to a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room for the famous Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Jungle skippers will serve lunch and dinner inspired by the flavors of Africa, Asia and South America with a healthy dose of humor. The restaurant’s soft opening is expected in late 2015.

Epcot

  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 20, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, character meetings, special merchandise and food offerings later this year; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through January 2, 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 place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Polynesian Village 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. Guests may enjoy the Lava Pool and Kiki Tikis Splash Play area as an alternative to the East Pool.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotels:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur in phases from October 2015 to mid-December 2015 and from June 2016 through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closed for refurbishment through January 2, 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park as an alternative.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will close for refurbishment from January 3, 2016 through March 12, 2016. 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 place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Polynesian Village 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. Guests may enjoy the Lava Pool and Kiki Tikis Splash Play area as an alternative to the East Pool.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

February 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will close for refurbishment through March 12, 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park as an alternative.

Downtown Disney

  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed for refurbishment through April 1, 2016.
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2016.
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn & Villas:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

March 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will close for refurbishment through March 12, 2016. During this time, Guests may enjoy Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park as an alternative.

Downtown Disney

  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed for refurbishment through April 1, 2016.
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2016.
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take place 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

  • Boardwalk Inn & Villas:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016. When Flying Fish Café reopens in the fall, it will have a renovated dining room and kitchen area.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

April 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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 April 30, 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

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed for refurbishment through April 1, 2016.
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2016.
  • 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

  • Boardwalk Inn & Villas:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

May 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2016.
  • 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

  • Boardwalk Inn & Villas:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

June 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2016.
  • 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

  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016. When Flying Fish Café reopens in the fall, it will have a renovated dining room and kitchen area.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur from June 2016 through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience. new
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

July 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • 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

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge and Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

August 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • 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

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

September 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 late 2016, the attraction will include a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional theater. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania addition is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Star Tours gets a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the upcoming film with special exhibits, special merchandise and food offerings; Jedi Training Academy will be reimagined and include new characters from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels;” and beginning early 2016, new seasonal event, Season of the Force, will give guests the opportunity to enjoy a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Animal Kingdom

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open next spring, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open next spring. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • 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

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur through September 2016. The renovation is expected to cost $125 million and include new furnishings and technology. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Hidden Springs Quiet Pool, Resort Beach & Marina, Playground and Fire Pit will be closed through 2017 for refurbishment. During this time, the recently-renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool, featuring a 67-foot waterslide and a water play area for kids, will remain open for guest use. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable last early as October 2, 2015 continuing into 2017.

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