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Disney World Refurbishments and Closings

by Jamie Rumph

Current Disney World Refurbishments and Closing

Before planning your next Disney vacation, make sure to look at the Disney World refurbishments and closing schedule.

last updated: March 24, 2020

Find out more about special events, annual parties, and festivals you can experience at Disney World here.

Visiting for the first time?  My post on Disney World for First Timers will be helpful.

Disney World Refurbishments – Theme Parks

Throughout the year Disney closes various attractions for refurbishments and updates.  You can always find the current schedule here!

Magic Kingdom Refurbishments:

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom - Disney World Refurbishments

  • Monorail: modified schedule until further notice
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Early December 2018 until further notice
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – May 4 – 21, 2020


Disney World Refurbishments - Epcot Spaceship Earth

Ongoing until further notice during the transformation of Epcot.

  • Fountain View is closed permanently.
  • Starbucks has relocated to a temporary location as you enter the World Showcase.
  • Club Cool will also close during this time with elements set to return in the future.
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot will temporarily close beginning on September 8, 2019. Enjoy meeting favorite Disney Characters at other locations throughout Epcot.
  • Pin Central will operate temporarily from a new location while refurbishment is underway. The Camera Center will close this fall to become a new home for Pin Central.
  • Heritage Manor is also scheduled to close and return early next year.
  • The Art of Disney will operate temporarily from a new location while refurbishment is underway. Heritage Manor will later become the new home for the Art of Disney offerings.
  • Electric Umbrella is scheduled to close in winter 2019. New dining options will be available in the future, featuring a variety of food and beverage selections.
  • Mouse Gear has moved to a temporary home as its current location is reimagined.

Hollywood Studios

Disney World Refurbishments - Hollywood Tower of Terror

  • None

Animal Kingdom

Disney World Refurbishments - Anima Kingdom Expedition Everest

  • Kali River Rapids closed for refurbishment early January through late March 2020

Typhoon Lagoon

  • January 5, 2020, until mid-march 2020

Blizzard Beach

  • September 8, 2019 – early 2020

Miniature Golf

  • None

Golf Courses

  • None

Disney World Refurbishments – Resorts

Deluxe Resorts

Disney World Refurbishments - Polynesian Resort Entrance

Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • None

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

  • None

Grand Floridian Resort

  • Citricos – refurbishments will be performed in phases through Summer 2020.  Reservations will continue to be available.
    • The bar will be closed in February.
    • Modified Menu maybe offered.
    • Sections of the dining room will be closed in May.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • None

Polynesian Resort and Villas

  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – January 19 – 27, 2020

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

  • None

Wilderness Lodge

  • None

Yacht & Beach Club

  • None

Swan and Dolphin Hotels

  • None

Moderate Resorts

Caribbean Beach Resort

  • None

Coronado Springs

  • None

Port Orleans French Quarter

  • None

Port Orleans Riverside

  • None

Value Resorts

All-Star Movies

  • None

All-Star Music

  • Calypso Pool Mid Summer 2020 – Mid December 2020

Art of Animation

  • Big Blue Pool – Mid September 2020 through Mid December 2020

Pop Century Resort

  • Hippy Dippy Pool – January 2020 through Early Spring 2020

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

  • Tri-Circle D Ranch – August 29 – Until further notice
    • Guest Experiences may be moved to other areas of the campground.

Good Neighbor Hotels

  • Best Western Disney Springs – refurbishments ongoing until December 2020

Disney World Refurbishments – Disney Springs

  • None

Disney World Refurbishments – Golf Courses

  • None

Disney World Refurbishments – ESPN Wide World of Sports

  • Roadwork – ongoing

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