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Disney Closes Four Guest-Favorite Rides Ahead of the Christmas Holiday Season

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Credit: Disneyland Resort/Becky Burkett/Canva

The holiday season is in full swing, which means that Disney Parks fans across the country are flocking to Disney World and Disneyland to take in the lights, the sounds, and the joy of the holidays. Fans of Disney’s domestic parks can more easily look past the increased crowd numbers during the holidays simply because the look and feel of those parks when they’re dressed up in their holiday best is something for which there is no substitution.

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Credit: Disneyland Resort/Becky Burkett/Canva

But most of those guests are also hoping to be able to enjoy their favorite rides and attractions while in the parks, and for some of them, that simply won’t be an option this holiday season.

Thanksgiving weekend was a bit chaotic at Disneyland Park as a man boarded the it’s a small world ride, then disembarked the boat and disrobed completely before taking a self-guided tour throughout the sets of the attraction–sans clothing. But while guests were following the story of the young man who got up close and personal with the dolls in the attraction, Disneyland employees were busy preparing to shut down four separate attractions at Disneyland Park and at Disney California Adventure.

Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

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Disneyland and Disney World follow a standard refurbishment schedule annually, and because there are so many attractions and rides inside the theme parks, it takes the whole year to schedule maintenance and the refurbishment and freshening up of each one. As such, even during holiday seasons in the parks, there are often rides that are affected by the refurbishment schedule.

At Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season can be seen and heard across every square inch of the parks. But this holiday season, those guests won’t see the red lights of the IncrediCoaster at Pixar Pier, and they won’t see guests pouring into the queue for the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland Park.

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Per the OC Register, Disneyland Resort has closed four guest-favorite attractions for scheduled seasonal refurbishments. In addition to the IncrediCoaster and the Indiana Jones Adventure, Tomorrowland’s Astro Orbitorr attraction and the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland Park have been closed for refurb as well.

There’s good news and bad news about the current closures. The good news is that a couple of them are very brief closures, but the bad news is that at least one of them–the Astro Orbitor–will be closed for more than a month. The reasons behind the lengthy closure are not clear from the information on Disney World website.
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Astro Orbitor at Disneyland Park/Credit: Becky Burkett

Per the OC Register, Disneyland usually conducts its refurbishments during less-crowded times in the parks, including the “off-season” between New Year’s Day and Spring Break. But in recent years, the refurb schedule for the California theme parks has become a bit difficult to understand, as more refurbs are taking place during peak seasons in the parks, much to the dismay of guests.

It’s possible that the changes are the result of Disneyland Resort’s 13-month closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic that began in March 2020 and ended in April 2021. The lengthy closure seems to have disrupted the park’s regular maintenance schedule.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!