Theme Park & Resort Closures • Walt Disney World

 

Walt Disney World Park and Resort Refurbishments and Closures

** All information is subject to change.**

   February 2016 March 2016

    April 2016 May 2016 June 2016

    July 2016 August 2016 September 2016

October 2016 November 2016 December 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.

February 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin, will be closed for refurbishment through February 3, 2016.
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, will be closed for refurbishment through February 11, 2016.
  • Mad Tea Party, will be closed for refurbishment from February 22 through February 26, 2016. new

Epcot

  • The Circle of Life Film at The Land Pavilion, will close for refurbishment from February 7 through April 3 2016. new
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer of 2016. The enhanced 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.
  • 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

  • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
  • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids, will be closed for refurbishment through February 18, 2016.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place on the surrounding walkways through February 15, 2016. This work may potentially impact guests.
  • Boneyard, will be closed for refurbishment from February 22 through March 17, 2016. new
  • Disney Outfitters, will be closed for refurbishment through mid-March, 2016.
  • Warung Outpost, will be closed for refurbishment through March 17, 2016.
  • Flights of Wonder, will be closed for refurbishment through March 17, 2016.  As an alternative, guests can see Winged Encounters: The Kingdom Takes Flight in front of the Tree of Life.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place from mid-February through June 2016. This work may impact seating locations. Entertainment in the area may also be minimally impacted. new
  • Work on The Tree of Life will cause some operational changes through the first few months of 2016. Changes include: relocation of Tarzan to an area by the Disney Vacation Club kiosk on Discovery Island, removal of the macaw perch, and a new access for the Wilderness Explorers Insect badge by Adventurers Outpost. Additional changes may occur based on the work.
  • 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

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
  • 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

  • All-Star Movies Resort:
    • Duck Pond Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 22 through February 24, 2016. new
  • All-Star Sports Resort:
    • Guest Restroom in the lobby at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort will be closed for refurbishment for approximately one week beginning February 1, 2016. Guests can use the restrooms at the Surfboard Bay Pool. new
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through May 20, 2016.
  • Art of Animation Resort:
    • Schoolyard Sprayground will be closed for refurbishment through March 11, 2016.
  • Bay Lake Tower:
    • Bay Cove Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 1 through March 18, 2016. new
  • Beach Club Villas:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Seashore Sweets’ will close permenantly on February 1, 2016 to make way for a new experience. Details will be posted soon. new
    • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining from February 1 through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners. new
    • Luna Park Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 1 through February 4, 2016. new
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
  • Boardwalk Villas:
    • Guest Villa Renovations will take place through Spring, 2016.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Trinidad South Quiet Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 3 through February 5, 2016. new
    • Barbados Quiet Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 17 through February 19, 2016. new
    • Aruba Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 22 through April 15, 2016. new
    • Path of Travel Construction through February 28, 2016 may impact guests in some parts of Martinique and Trinidad North, resulting in construction noise.
  • Contemporary Resort:
    • Marina Hours at Disney’s Contemporary Resort have changed through March 19, 2016. The new hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Polynesian Village Resort:
    • General Construction will take place through Spring 2016, which may impact or close certain pathways and buildings.
    • East Pool refurbishment will take place through Spring 2016. While the pool is closed, guests may see or hear work in progress.
  • Pop Century Resort:
    • Bowling Pool will be closed for refurbishment from February 16 through March 1, 2016.new
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Resort:
    • Alligator Bayou Pool B will be closed for refurbishment from February 10 through February 11, 2016.new
    • Alligator Bayou Pool C will be closed for refurbishment from February 15 through February 16, 2016.new
    • Ol’ Man Island Pool will be closed for refurbishment through March 4, 2016.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
    • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from February 7 through June 22, 2016. new
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
    • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

  • The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Systems will be undergoing refurbishment through April 2016 and will be on modified service and/or routes. Scheduled monorail closures may be adjusted to accommodate extra magic hours. Guests should on the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.
  • Fairways Course at Disney’s Fantasia Mini Golf will be closed for refurbishment through February 12, 2016. During this time, Guests can still enjoy The Gardens course at Fantasia Mini Golf. new
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex. new

March 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Jungle Cruise will be closed for refurbishment from March 1 through March 3, 2016. new

Epcot

  • The Circle of Life Film at The Land Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment through April 3 2016.
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer of 2016. The enhanced 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.
  • 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

  • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
  • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Animal Kingdom

  • Boneyard, will be closed for refurbishment through March 17, 2016.
  • Warung Outpost, will be closed for refurbishment through March 17, 2016.
  • Disney Outfitters, will be closed for refurbishment through mid-March, 2016.
  • Flights of Wonder, will be closed for refurbishment through March 17, 2016.  As an alternative, guests can see Winged Encounters: The Kingdom Takes Flight in front of the Tree of Life.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place through June 2016. This work may impact seating locations. Entertainment in the area may also be minimally impacted.
  • 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

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
  • 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

  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from through May 20, 2016.
  • Art of Animation Resort:
    • Schoolyard Sprayground will be closed for refurbishment through March 11, 2016.
  • Bay Lake Tower:
    • Bay Cove Pool will be closed for refurbishment through March 18, 2016. <
  • Beach Club Villas:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
    • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
  • Boardwalk Villas:
    • Guest Villa Renovations will take place through Spring, 2016.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Aruba Pool will be closed for refurbishment through April 15, 2016.
  • Contemporary Resort:
    • Marina Hours at Disney’s Contemporary Resort have changed through March 19, 2016. The new hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Polynesian Village Resort:
    • General Construction will take place through Spring 2016, which may impact or close certain pathways and buildings.
    • East Pool refurbishment will take place through Spring 2016. While the pool is closed, guests may see or hear work in progress.
  • Pop Century Resort:
    • Bowling Pool will be closed for refurbishment through March 1, 2016.
  • Port Orleans – Riverside Resort
    • Ol’ Man Island Pool will be closed for refurbishment through March 4, 2016.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
    • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through June 22, 2016.
  • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
    • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
    • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.
  • Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Systems will be undergoing refurbishment through April 2016 and will be on modified service and/or routes. Scheduled monorail closures may be adjusted to accommodate extra magic hours. Guests should on the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.
    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    April 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment from April 4 through July 2016. new

    Epcot

    • The Circle of Life Film at The Land Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment through April 3 2016.
    • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer of 2016. The enhanced 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.
    • 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

    • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure Playground, Monsters Inc. Character Meet & Greet, Writer’s Stop, Watto’s Grotto, Studio Catering Co., High Octane Refreshments, New York News, Youse Guys Moychindise and Prop Shop are scheduled to close on April 3, 2016 due to redevelopment plans for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All of these closures will be permanent to make way for new expansion projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. new
    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    Animal Kingdom

    • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place through June 2016. This work may impact seating locations. Entertainment in the area may also be minimally impacted.
    • 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 close early April 2016 to begin a major remodel. Currently, the re-opening date is undetermined. new
    • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
    • 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

    • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from through May 20, 2016.
    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from April 2 through October 14, 2016. new
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • Boardwalk Villas:
      • Guest Villa Renovations will take place through Spring, 2016.
    • Caribbean Beach Resort:
      • Aruba Pool will be closed for refurbishment through April 15, 2016.
    • Polynesian Village Resort:
      • General Construction will take place through Spring 2016, which may impact or close certain pathways and buildings.
      • East Pool refurbishment will take place through Spring 2016. While the pool is closed, guests may see or hear work in progress.
    • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
      • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through June 22, 2016.
    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail Systems will be undergoing refurbishment through April 2016 and will be on modified service and/or routes. Scheduled monorail closures may be adjusted to accommodate extra magic hours. Guests should on the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.
    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    May 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment through July 2016.

    Epcot

    • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer of 2016. The enhanced 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.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    Animal Kingdom

    • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place through June 2016. This work may impact seating locations. Entertainment in the area may also be minimally impacted.
    • 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 Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
    • Fulton’s Crab House has closed eto begin a major remodel. Currently, the re-opening date is undetermined.
    • 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

    • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from through May 20, 2016.
    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Exterior Repair and Painting will take place through May 5, 2016.
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • Boardwalk Villas:
      • Guest Villa Renovations will take place through Spring, 2016.
    • Polynesian Village Resort:
      • General Construction will take place through Spring 2016, which may impact or close certain pathways and buildings.
      • East Pool refurbishment will take place through Spring 2016. While the pool is closed, guests may see or hear work in progress.
    • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
      • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through June 22, 2016.
    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    June 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment through July 2016.

    Epcot

    • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer of 2016. The enhanced 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.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    Animal Kingdom

    • Flame Tree Barbecue maintenance will take place through June 2016. This work may impact seating locations. Entertainment in the area may also be minimally impacted.
    • 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. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

    Downtown Disney

    • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
    • 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

    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
    • 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.
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • 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
    • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
      • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through June 22, 2016.
    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    July 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment through July 2016.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • 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.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

    Downtown Disney

    • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
    • 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

    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • 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:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    August 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

    Downtown Disney

    • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.  With the renovation, the venue will have a fresh new look and feel, be expanded by 13,000 square feet with a new patio bar, new terrace, more outdoor seating and a new name – Planet Hollywood Observatory.
    • 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

    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 17, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • 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:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    September 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. 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

    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through September 30, 2016. When it reopens, guests can expect a whole new look and new menu (but no worries, the potato-wrapped snapper). The reimagined dining room will still have an onstage kitchen and an airier design, with more room for the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners.
    • 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:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    October 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. 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

    • Bay Lake Tower:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through October 14, 2016.
    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    November 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. 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

    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

    December 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

    Magic Kingdom

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will immersed guests in the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where the famous little green aliens from the movie will take Guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers and a family-friendly roller coaster will have Guests riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
    • 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 that will transported guests to a never-before-seen planet with experiences including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

    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. 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

    • Wilderness Lodge & Villas:
      • Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) will be unavailable through 2017.
      • 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. Boat rentals will not be available during this time and certain pathways, including the nature trail will be unavailable continuing into 2017.

    Elsewhere at Walt Disney World Resort

    • ESPN Wide World of Sports as announced a new expansion coming to the complex, with completion of the project by mid 2017. The expansion will include seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. Concessions will be included throughout the building, along with an additional box office and entry to the complex.

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