Entire Disney World Land Shut Down Indefinitely, New Updates Given

Aerial view of EPCOT at night at Walt Disney World Resort
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An entire land inside of Walt Disney World Resort has been shut down indefinitely, with very few details given.

When visiting “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Disney World Guests are drawn to their favorite attractions, entertainment offerings, and character meets and greets. No matter whether you’re visiting Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, or EPCOT, there’s plenty to enjoy and experience inside these four theme parks.

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Of course, that doesn’t even begin to count the numerous other activities, like Disney Springs, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park (which is currently closed for refurbishment), and much more that can be experienced at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Park Guests always want to ensure their favorite attractions are open and running before a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. While certain attractions can close for construction or refurbishment, the vast majority of offerings remain open throughout the year. Guests visiting Magic Kingdom should make note that Splash Mountain in Frontierland has closed permanently to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The new attraction, which is currently under construction, is set to open in late 2024 and will transform the area around it into a Princess and the Frog-themed area. In addition, the Merida meet and greet at the Disney Park recently closed permanently to make way for an Encanto-themed experience.

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While there is always construction happening at every Disney World theme park, the most prominent of these is EPCOT. The Disney Park is currently undergoing construction, turning it into four distinct lands: World Nature, World Showcase, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

Disney has given updates on several of the projects happening at EPCOT. For example, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened last May in World Discovery. Connections Eatery and Cafe also opened last spring to essentially complete the land. In World Nature, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, is expected to open in late 2023. The water-themed attraction that will be a walkthrough experience will complete World Nature once it opens.

However, we’ve been kept in the dark about the updates happening at World Celebration.

World Celebration, which is located at the front of the theme park just behind Spaceship Earth, has been undergoing construction indefinitely for years. Disney has shared that the area will have a statue of Walt Disney and that one of the areas inside the land will be called Dreamers Point. However, that was removed from the Disney World website for the time being, and no other updates have been given.

Recently, Twitter account @bioreconstruct gave an in-depth breakdown of the construction happening inside World Celebration with an aerial photo, which can be seen below:

1,2 Gardens that seem to pair. Garden #1 is being changed for the Food and Wine Festival 3 CommuniCore Plaza stage is open both sides. Seems like palm trees will be here 4 Curvy seating. Orange basins are a mystery

Though we don’t know much more about what will be included in the land, this aerial photo gives a great look at the layout and also shows Disney fans that there’s more work to be done before it will be open to the public. The expectation is that World Celebration will still be open before the end of this year, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see if that becomes a reality.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.