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Disney World Closures and Refurbishments + Retired Shows & Attractions

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One thing I hate is making plans to go to Walt Disney World and then finding out one of my favorite rides is temporarily closed.  Before you go, check out what is closed so you don’t get heartbroken. Here is the current list of Disney World Closures and Refurbishments. Please note that all refurbishments & closings are subject to change without notice.

*Updated 2/28/2018*

Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Square Riverboat
    CLOSED Jan. 8-June 28, 2018
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    CLOSED Feb. 26-March 18, 2018

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • No closures at this time.

Epcot

  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
    CLOSED Feb. 26, 2018-TBD

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Festival of the Lion King
    CLOSED May 9, 2018

Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • No closures at this time.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • CLOSED Jan. 7-March 18, 2018. They are closed for regular annual maintenance.

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

  • No closures at this time.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Ongoing: Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar, Goombay Games Arcade and Calypso Trading Post will be closed. There will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast and dinner and a selection of grab-and-go meals will be available for purchase in three island markets located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the resort.
  • There will also be some construction of the new transportation system, Disney Skyliner. It is possible construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.
  • Aug. 1, 2018: Children’s Activity Centers will be closing permanently. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • No closures at this time.

Disney’s Grand Floridian

  • Jan. 2-Spring 2018: The Grand Floridian Beach Pool & Pool Bar will be undergoing refurbishment. During this time, it is possible guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m. The water play area and mug refill station will still be available at this location. In addition, all other dining locations and the Courtyard Pool will be available.

Disney’s Old Key West

  • Now through Spring 2019: Room refurbishments will be taking place. Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. During this time, the resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should be not heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m.
  • April – Early July 2018: The Turtle Pond Pool, Turtle Shack Snack Bar, and Flying Fish Gameroom will be unavailable due to refurbishments. During this time, it is possible that guests may see construction. In addition, the Sandcastle Pool, featuring a waterslide, kiddie pool and a variety of dining and recreation locations will be available.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort 

  • Aug. 1, 2018: Children’s Activity Centers will be closing permanently. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter

  • Early January through late Spring 2018: Room refurbishments will be taking place. Guests may see or hear construction, but should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m. All amenities, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations, will be available.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs

  • Late January – Mid-February 2018: The Paddock Pool will be undergoing refurbishments. During this time, it is possible that guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 a.m. In addition, High Rock Springs Pool and the leisure pools located at The Grandstand, Congress Park, and the Treehouse Villas will be available.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Now through Winter 2018: The Convention Center will be undergoing expansion work. During this time, guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work will be limited to 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Aug. 1, 2018: Children’s Activity Centers will be closing permanently. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney Springs Area

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria
    CLOSED April 23, 2017-TBD
  • Sosa Family Cigars
    CLOSED Nov. 13-TBD

Walt Disney World Retired Shows, Attractions, and Places

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Dream Along with Mickey: Closed permanently April 2, 2016
  • Main Street Electrical Parade: Closed permanently Oct. 9, 2016
  • Stitch’s Great Escape: Operating on seasonal schedule Oct. 2, 2016
  • Wishes: Closed permanently in May 2017

EPCOT

  • Habit Heroes inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Jan. 18, 2016
  • The Sum of All Thrills inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Sept. 13, 2016
  • Stormstruck inside Innoventions East: Closed permanently Sept. 13, 2016
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure: Closed permanently Aug. 13, 2017
  • The Circle of Life: Closed permanently Feb. 4, 2018

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Studio Catering Co. (Disney’s Hollywood Studios): Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Mike & Sulley Meet-and-Greet: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Prop Shop: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • The Writer’s Shop: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Watto’s Grotto: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • New York News: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • Youse Guys Moychindise: Closed permanently April 3, 2016
  • The Great Movie Ride: Closed permanently Aug. 13, 2017

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Flights of Wonder: Closed permanently Dec. 31, 2017

Disney Springs

  • DisneyQuest: Closed permanently July 3, 2017
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe: Closed permanently Aug. 3, 2017
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: Closing permanently Jan. 1, 2018

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Shark Reef: Closed permanently Oct. 3, 2016

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