Theme Park & Resort Closures • Walt Disney World

 

Walt Disney World Park and Resort Refurbishments and Closures

** All information is subject to change.**

 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.

May 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment through late June 2016.
  • Cinderella Castle Stage is currently under construction to create a new stage for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, opening June 17, 2016. The new stage show will feature Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers as they host a joyous festival of friends from other lands. new

Epcot

  • Tomb Warriors Exhibit, at China Pavilion’s House of the Whispering Willows, will be closed for refurbishment from May 2 through June 16, 2016. new
  • Stave Church at the Norway Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment through May 27, 2016.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions. 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. Frozen Ever After & Royal Sommerhus are set to 0pen at Epcot June 21, 2016.
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen on May 27 2016 with a last chance to see the original Soarin’ movie through June 16, 2016. On June 17, 2016, the enhanced attraction will open with a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional third 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 is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
  • 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

  • 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, a show combing live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River is expected to open later 2016 (beginning Memorial Day Weekend a Jungle Book themed show will open in this location in the interim). Also, the new Tree of Life Awakening, featuring the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies AND a nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris debuting two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, will both open on May 27, 2016. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Disney Water Parks

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Disney Springs

  • Arribas Brothers will be closed for refurbishment from May 1 through May 5, 2016. new
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen Dazs kiosks will re-open in their new locations in Disney Springs West Side on May 15, 2016. new
  • Disney Springs Guest Relations will re-locate at the Welcome Center in Town Center on May 15, 2016. At this time, Guest Relations will no longer operate in the Marketplace and West Side and all lost and found items should be delivered to the Welcome Center. new
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment until 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 for a major remodel and will remain closed until Fall 2016.
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take place through May 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.
  • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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 Lodge:
    • Concierge Lounge, The Kilimanjaro Club, will be closed for refurbishment from May 2 through May 22, 2016. An alternative lounge location will be available during this time. 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.
  • Bay Lake Tower:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through Sept 24, 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 Summer 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.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Trinidad South Pool will be closed for refurbishment from May 2 through June 15, 2016. new
    • Martinique Pool will be closed for refurbishment from May 31 through July 1, 2016. new
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
    • Loop 2100 will be under construction through July 2016. There will be increased traffic throughout the resort between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guests should allow extra time for travel.
  • Old Key West Resort:
    • The Turnaround at Buildings 49 & 50 will be closed for refurbishment through May 15, 2016. During the refurbishment guests may see buses using the Guest parking lot at buildings 51 & 52 to turn around.
  • Port Orleans Resort Riverside:
    • Routine Roof Maintenance will take place through summer 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 June 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.

June 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment through late June 2016.
  • Cinderella Castle Stage is currently under construction to create a new stage for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, opening June 17, 2016. The new stage show will feature Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers as they host a joyous festival of friends from other lands. new

Epcot

  • Tomb Warriors Exhibit, at China Pavilion’s House of the Whispering Willows, will be closed for refurbishment through June 16, 2016.
  • Maelstrom and The Spirit of Norway, located at the Norway Pavilion, have closed to make way for two new attractions. 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. Frozen Ever After & Royal Sommerhus are set to 0pen at Epcot June 21, 2016.
  • Soarin’ is offing a last chance to see the original Soarin’ movie through June 16, 2016. On June 17, 2016, the enhanced attraction will open with a new film, Soarin’ Around the World, as well as an additional third 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.new

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Pizza Planet is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, which will be the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history, will begin nightly performances begining June 17, 2016. The show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the park’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations, and will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky. new
  • 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

  • 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 later 2016, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River (a Jungle Book themed show is now showing in this location in the interim). For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Disney Water Parks

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment until 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 Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed until Fall 2016.
  • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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 September 24, 2016.
  • Beach Club Villas:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 30, 2016.
  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Garden Suites Accessible Rooms will be refurbished from June 8 through July 12, 2016. new
    • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through Summer 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.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Trinidad South Pool will be closed for refurbishment through June 15, 2016.
    • Martinique Pool will be closed for refurbishment through July 1, 2016.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
    • Loop 2100 will be under construction through July 2016. There will be increased traffic throughout the resort between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guests should allow extra time for travel.
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside:
    • Routine Roof Maintenance will take place through Summer 2016.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
    • Treehouse Villas Soft Goods, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through June 22, 2016.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel:
    • Guest Room Renovations are scheduled to occur from June 2016 through September 2016. 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:
    • 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

  • Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment from July 6 through September 24, 2016. new

Epcot

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will be closed for refurbishment from July 16 through July 19, 2016. new
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid will be closed for refurbishment from July 24 through July 27, 2016. new
  • Pizza Planet is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
  • 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

  • Dinosaur will be closed for refurbishment from July 25 through September 29, 2016. new
  • 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 later 2016, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River (a Jungle Book themed show is now showing in this location in the interim). For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Disney Water Parks

There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment until 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 Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed until Fall 2016.
  • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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 – Kidani Village:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced from July 15 through January 24, 2017. new
  • Bay Lake Tower:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through September 24, 2016.
  • Beach Club Villas:
    • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 30, 2016.
  • Boardwalk Inn:
    • Garden Suites Accessible Rooms will be refurbished through July 12, 2016.
    • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through Summer 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.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Martinique Pool will be closed for refurbishment through July 1, 2016.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
    • Loop 2100 will be under construction through July 2016. There will be increased traffic throughout the resort between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Guests should allow extra time for travel.
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside:
    • Routine Roof Maintenance will take place through summer 2016.
  • 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:
    • Sturdy Branches Health Club will be closed for refurbishment from July through October, 2016.new
    • 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

    • Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment from August 1 through August 7, 2016. new
    • “it’s a small world” will be closed for refurbishment from August 22 through September 15, 2016. new
    • Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment through September 24, 2016.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3D will be closed for refurbishment from August 15 through to August 22, 2016. new
    • Pizza Planet is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • 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

    • Dinosaur will be closed for refurbishment through September 29, 2016.
    • 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 later 2016, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River (a Jungle Book themed show is now showing in this location in the interim). For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

    Disney Water Parks

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney Springs

    • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed until Fall 2016.
    • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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 September 24, 2016.
    • Beach Club Villas:
      • Soft Goods in guests rooms, such as curtains, pillows and bed spreads, will be replaced through August 30, 2016.
    • Boardwalk Inn:
      • Flying Fish Cafe will be closed for reimagining through Summer 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.
    • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside:
      • Routine Roof Maintenance will take place through Summer 2016.
    • 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:
      • Sturdy Branches Health Club will be closed through October 2016.
      • 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

    • “it’s a small world” will be closed for refurbishment through September 15, 2016.
    • Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment through September 24, 2016.

    Epcot

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Pizza Planet is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • 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

    • Dinosaur will be closed for refurbishment through September 29, 2016.
    • 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 later 2016, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River (a Jungle Book themed show is now showing in this location in the interim). For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

    Disney Water Parks

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney Springs

    • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed until Fall 2016.
    • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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 September 24, 2016.
    • 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:
      • Sturdy Branches Health Club will be closed through October 2016.
      • 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 is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • 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.

    Disney Water Parks

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney Springs

    • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed Until Fall 2016.
    • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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:
      • Sturdy Branches Health Club will be closed through October 2016.
      • 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 is closed and will reopen as “Pizza Risso” in late 2016. The restaurant will be re-themed around the Muppets and Rizzo the Rat who started in the Muppet Film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • 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.

    Disney Water Parks

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney Springs

    • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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.

    Disney Water Parks

    There are no scheduled refurbishments at this time.

    Disney Springs

    • Disney Springs will undergo a multi-year transformation. 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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