Theme Park & Resort Closures • Walt Disney World

 

Walt Disney World Park and Resort Refurbishments and Closures

** All information is subject to change.**

  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.

April 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from April 11 through April 22, 2016. new
  • City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment from April 18 through late June 2016. new
  • Cinderella Castle Stage is currently under construction to create a new stage for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, opening summer 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

  • Epcot Character Spot expands beginning April 3, 2016 to include two new characters from the Disney-Pixar award-winning film, Inside Out. Guests will now be able to meet Joy and Sadness who will will join Baymax, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. new
  • Stave Church at the Norway Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment from April 18 through May 27, 2016. new
  • The Circle of Life Film at The Land Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment through April 22, 2016.
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen June 17, 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 June 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, 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
  • A New Star Wars Stage show will open on April 4, 2016 on on the new Centerstage in front of The Great Movie Ride. Star Wars – A Galaxy Far Far Away will include live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul with select show times throughout the afternoon. new
  • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through late 2016.
  • New Star Wars Entertainment is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Just in time for spring, April 3rd marks the arrival of a new live, stage show celebrating iconic moments from the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, as well as a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, to kick off summer, the park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history.
  • 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

  • Flights of Wonder, will be closed for refurbishment through April 16, 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 later 2016 (beginning Memorial Day Weekend a Jungle Book themed show will open in this location in the interim), will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; the Tree of Life Awakening, expected to open in April, will feature the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, will debute for the new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris on Memorial Day Weekend 2016. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Water Parks

  • Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet Slides at Disney’s Blizzard Beach are temporarily closed for maintenance through April 23, 2016. new
  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher Water Coaster at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for maintenance for one day only on April 11, 2016. new

Downtown Disney

  • The Walkway between the Once Upon a Toy Guest Restrooms and Marketplace Co-Op will close to pedestrian traffic beginning April 3, 2016, while a new area gate and backstage entrance are constructed. new
  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed April 4 through Fall 2016 for a major remodel. new
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen Dazs kiosks, located at Disney Springs West Side, will be closed April 4 through May 14, 2016 for a change in location. Both locations are expected to reopen in Town Center on May 15, 2016. new
  • The Watermelon Parking Lot will close for construction for approximately eight weeks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
    • Jamaica Village Pool will be closed for refurbishment from April 19 through Summer 2016. new
  • Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Roof Repair is currently scheduled to take place between April 10 and 13, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. During that time, the main entrance, porte cochere, and select sidewalks will be intermittently inaccessible. Guests staying at the resort’s new Disney Vacation Club wing may also hear some noises during the day and see equipment in the area. No work is expected to take place during the evening. new
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
    • Loop 2100 will be closed for construction work through April 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Fantasia Fairways – Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf will be closed from April 4 through April 20, 2016. new
  • 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.

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 summer 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.

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 to be completed June 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.
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen June 17, 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.
  • New Star Wars Entertainment is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer. The park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history. 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

  • 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.
  • Flights of Wonder will be closed through April 9, 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 (beginning Memorial Day Weekend a Jungle Book themed show will open in this location in the interim), will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; the Tree of Life Awakening, which opened in April, featuring the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, debuting for the new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris on Memorial Day Weekend 2016. For more info, visit our Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Expansion.

Downtown Disney

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen Dazs kiosks, formerly located on the West Side, will re-open in their new locations at Town Center on May 15, 2016. 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.
  • Fulton’s Crab House has closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through 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.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • Boardwalk Villas:
    • Guest Villa Renovations will take place through Spring, 2016.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort:
    • Jamaica Village Pool will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 summer 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.

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 to be completed June 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.
  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the June 17, 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.
  • New Star Wars Entertainment is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer. The park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history. 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

  • 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 later 2016 (a Jungle Book themed show is showing in this location in the interim), will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; the Tree of Life Awakening, which opened in April, features the animal spirits of the tree brought to “light” by magical fireflies; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, which debuted for the new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris on Memorial Day Weekend 2016. 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 Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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 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:
    • Jamaica Village Pool will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.
  • 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

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 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. Additionally, Rivers of Light, expected to open later 2016 (a Jungle Book themed show is showing in this location in the interim), will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; the Tree of Life Awakening, which opened in April, features animal spirits of the tree brought to “light” by magical fireflies; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, debuted for the new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris on Memorial Day Weekend 2016. 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 Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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 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:
    • Jamaica Village Pool will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.
  • 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

  • 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.

August 2016 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain will be closed for refurbishment from August 8 through November 18, 2016. new

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. Additionally, Rivers of Light, expected to open later 2016 (a Jungle Book themed show is showing in this location in the interim), will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; the Tree of Life Awakening, which opened in April, features animal spirits of the tree brought to “light” by magical fireflies; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, debuted for the new nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris on Memorial Day Weekend 2016. 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 Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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 August 17 through May 5, 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:
    • Jamaica Village Pool will be closed for refurbishment through Summer 2016.
  • 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

  • Big Thunder Mountain will be closed for refurbishment through November 18, 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 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

  • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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 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.
  • 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

  • Big Thunder Mountain will be closed for refurbishment through November 18, 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 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

  • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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:
    • 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

  • Big Thunder Mountain will be closed for refurbishment through November 18, 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 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

  • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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

  • Fulton’s Crab Househas closed for a major remodel and will remain closed through Fall 2016.
  • 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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