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Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule Starting October, 2016

The rides, attractions, and restaurants at Walt Disney World are maintained on a regular basis. This keeps guests safe. Sometimes, though, extra work is needed. A ride, attraction, store, or restaurant might close for refurbishment. It could be that the closure is just for a few days so that the elements of the area can be deep-cleaned and maybe a fresh coat of paint added. Other times the refurbishment will last longer. It might even be that the place in question receives a complete makeover. It is never a bad idea to check to see if there are any refurbishments scheduled during your vacation. You don’t want to be disappointed and learn that a favorite is closed when you arrive.

Below is a list of current and future refurbishments and closings at Walt Disney World. Please be advised that the dates and other information could change at any time. This list is up to date starting in October, 2016, to the best of our knowledge.

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom:
Big Thunder Mountain – closed August 08-November 18, 2016.

Stitch’s Great Escape – changes to seasonal attraction on October 2, 2016.

Main Street Electrical Parade – last show in Florida will be October 9, 2016.
Haunted Mansion – will be closed November 28-December 1, 2016.

Splash Mountain – will be closed December 7 and possibly December 8, 2016.

Epcot:

No known current or upcoming closures.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Pizza Planet – closed, set to reopen on or near November 08, 2016 as PizzeRizzo.

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – last day listed on the Walt Disney World Website is October 15, 2016. No official closure or refurbishment announcement has been made.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – closed October 27-November 9, 2016.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic – closed permanently.

DINOSAUR – closed July 25-October 16, 2016.

Dino Institute Shop – closed July 25-October 16, 2016.

Water Parks:

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed for its annual refurbishment October 23-December 24, 2016.

Shark Reef at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will close permanently at 4:00pm on October 2, 2016.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed for its annual refurbishment December 25, 2016-March 11, 2017.

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Disney Springs:

Planet Hollywood – closed, scheduled to reopen as Planet Hollywood Observatory Fall, 2016.

Fulton’s Crab House – closed, scheduled to reopen as Paddlefish Fall, 2016.

DisneyQuest – permanent closure was announced in June, 2015 to make way for the NBA Experience, but no further details have emerged. The indoor theme park currently remains open, and the future status is unknown.

Resorts (in alphabetical order):

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

Refurbishments will take place Spring, 2017-Fall, 2017. Construction will take place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort:

The Piano Pool will be closed mid-December, 2016 through early February, 2017. Guests are to use the Calypso Pool instead.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort:

Grand Slam Pool closed, starting on October 10, 2016. Scheduled to reopen on or near December 2, 2016. Guests may use the Surfboard Bay Pool instead.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village:

Several floors are currently closed for refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions. Self parking may also be limited.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort:

Sandcastle Pool will be closed from early January, 2017 until February, 2017. Other resort pools will be open.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter:

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – closed, set to reopen Fall, 2016.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort:

Computer Pool will be closed late October, 2016. Scheduled to reopen early January, 2017. Guests may use the Hippy Dippy Pool instead.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas:

Hidden Springs leisure pool, Cub’s Den, resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit closed until 2017. Construction may be heard in guest areas, but does not begin until after 9:00am. Silver Creek Springs Pool is open.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort:

Refurbishments will take place starting late October, 2016. Construction will take place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.