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Say Goodbye to New Orleans Square and Critter Country; 10+ Disney Attractions to Close Indefinitely

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Big changes are coming to Disneyland Resort, and fans are feeling quite emotional about what this will mean for visitors this summer. Located within Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, New Orleans Square and Critter Country are two charming and distinct areas that offer unique experiences for visitors.

New Orleans Square transports guests to the historic and vibrant streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, while Critter Country immerses them in the wilderness inhabited by beloved characters from numerous Disney classic films. Both areas are incredibly popular amongst Disneyland Resort visitors, especially due to their attractions like the Haunted Mansion and restaurants like the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Much to the disappointment of fans, dozens of attractions and offerings within these parks are set to close in just a few short weeks. This drastic decision has only been made more severe by the fact that no reopening date has been posted.

Related: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Critter Country

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Ahead of Summer, Disney Closed Major Park Areas

Disneyland recently made significant announcements regarding construction projects within the enchanting realms of New Orleans Square and Critter Country. Due to the remaining of Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and the renovations of the Haunted Mansion, many park areas will be affected.

On the agenda for July 8 are several noteworthy closures, including the beloved Hungry Bear Restaurant, which is scheduled for a revitalizing refurbishment. Additionally, adventurers seeking a paddle-powered journey will need to temporarily bid farewell to Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes as they undergo maintenance to ensure a seamless and safe voyage for future explorers. Fans will also be dismayed to learn of the closure of the bridge spanning from New Orleans Square to  Galaxy’s Edge.

Full List of Disneyland Park Closures

The sheer number of closures makes this announcement one of Disney’s most significant all year. Disney updated their website with a guide for the closures of each area, as shared below. First up, New Orleans Square:

“New Orleans Square

  • The bridge connecting New Orleans Square with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024. Guests can access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via the Frontierland entrance.
  • Haunted Mansion
    Haunted Mansion is closed while we create a new queue experience. Read more about the enhancements taking place on the Disney Parks Blog.
  • Disneyland Railroad – New Orleans Square Station
    Due to work in the area between Tiana’s Palace and the Haunted Mansion, the Disneyland Railroad station in New Orleans Square is unavailable for boarding and unloading, though the train will continue to operate. Guests who require an accessible entrance to the attraction can use stations in Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.
  • Popcorn and churro carts may be temporarily relocated during this time.”
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Critter Country Disneyland

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Next, Disney informed guests of the closures set to arrive at Critter Country, the land that is currently under closure for the work being done on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Here is what Disney announced:

Critter Country

To make way for exciting enhancements to the land, Critter Country will temporarily close beginning May 1, 2024. Read the latest news on these projects on the Disney Parks Blog.

  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
    Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open later this year—we can’t wait for you to drop on in!
  • The Briar Patch
    The Briar Patch is currently closed—along with the land—to begin its transformation to Ray’s Berets.
  • Pooh Corner
    Pooh Corner is currently closed—along with the land—to begin its transformation to Louis’ Critter Club on the left side of the store. When the location reopens, the treats side of Pooh Corner will remain a destination for must-have merchandise from Hundred Acre Wood, including beloved sweet treats like Tigger tails.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Due to its location in Critter Country, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is currently closed, and will reopen with the land.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
    Hungry Bear Restaurant will temporarily close for kitchen refurbishments beginning July 8, 2024. Guests can enjoy similar food and beverage offerings at nearby dining locations like Stage Door Café and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante.
    In addition, the restrooms near Hungry Bear Restaurant will be closed during this time; the nearest restrooms are located at Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
    Due to adjacent construction, Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024.
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart
    Due to its location in Critter Country, the Critter Country Fruit Cart will temporarily close beginning July 8, 2024. Guests can find snacks at other Fruit Carts during this time.”

Lastly, Disney also clarified that due to the construction, accessibility may be altered in some areas. All in all, this will certainly put extra pressure and add congestion to other areas within Disneyland Park. This resort has faced lots of criticism for the heaps of construction efforts happening during peak tourist times, and this latest announcement will certainly cause more controversy for the Disney theme parks.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

3 comments

  1. Matthew Brewster

    You make it sound like all of NOS is being closed! Pirates isn’t included, so you are- ONCE AGAIN- making a mountain out of a molehill!!!

  2. Why bother visiting Disneyland at all with all the construction going on, especially in one area of the park that’s enjoyed most? Thanks, see you in a few years.

  3. That area gets very crowded. It will be a mess. I feel bad for out of town guests. They will miss a lot and spend so much. So much being messed up, mostly for one ride. Very sad.

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