January 2022 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Expedition Everest
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Walt Disney World Resort is ready to welcome Guests for 2022! If you’re headed to “the most magical place on earth”, here are a few January Walt Disney World refurbishments/closures you’ll want to take note of.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Disney's Blizzard Beach
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Disney’s Blizzard Beach’s last day of operating hours is January 1, 2022. Great news, however, while Blizzard Beach prepares for refurbishment, Disney has announced Typhoon Lagoon will reopen on January 2, 2022!

Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom):

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The Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park has been closed since December 3, 2018. The extended closure is due to the construction of the new attraction Tron Lightcycle / Run. Recently, Disney fans have discovered however that the Railroad is being tested! With that being said, the Railroad is listed on the refurbishment calendar throughout January. Disney has yet to announce an opening date for either the Walt Disney World Railroad or Tron Lightcylce / Run.

Select Resort Pools

Disney’s Art of Animation

Moving from the Parks to two Disney Resort hotels… Flippin’ Fins Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be closed for refurbishment from early January 2022 through late February 2022. While this work takes place, other pool and recreation offerings will remain including The Big Blue Pool and Cozy Cone Pool. When Flippin’ Fins Pool reopens in late February 2022, Cozy Cone Pool will close for refurbishment through mid-April 2022. At that time, The Big Blue Pool and Flippin’ Fins Pool will be open.

From January 2022 through April 2022, the Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas ­– Kidani Village will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, Guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas ­– Kidani Village may enjoy the Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House.

Souk-al-Magreb (EPCOT):

Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram
Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram

As you stroll through EPCOT’s World Showcase, you’ll find the small but nice Souk-al-Magreb merchandise shop in the Morocco Pavilion. The shop is currently noted on the refurbishment calendar now through February 5, 2022. If the calendar is correct, it looks like Souk-al-Magreb will reopen on February 6, 2022.

Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom):

Splash Mountain
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Magic Kingdom’s popular boat ride attraction, Splash Mountain, is scheduled to be closed for routine maintenance from January 10, 2022, through February 10, 2022. Disney has noted the closure is for “routine maintenance” which means we don’t anticipate the Splash Mountain retheming into The Princess and The Frog just yet.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Disney’s Animal Kingdom): 

Expedition Everest
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Disney has announced from January 4 through mid-April 2022, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be closed for refurbishment. The popular Disney’s Animal Kingdom attraction will be greatly missed during the lengthy refurbishment. And while many Disney fans would love for the large Yeti animatronic to be fixed, it seems like the closure is to work on the ride control system.

Disney Skyliner Refurbishment

Disney Skyliner

From January 23 through January 28, 2022, Disney Skyliner service between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and EPCOT will be out of operation due to refurbishment. If you are planning to stay at one of these Resorts and/or use the Skyliner transportation when visiting the Parks, be aware that alternative transportation will be offered during this time including Disney buses.

PLUS – Coming in 2022!

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
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Planning your visit in 2022? You’ll also want to note that trams at Magic Kingdom Park have resumed with EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom returning in 2022. Disney World’s newest Resort hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will welcome Guests on March 1, 2022. We’ve also learned the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster at EPCOT is scheduled to open in Summer 2022.

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus we’ll welcome back Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. Plus, the 50th Anniversary celebration, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will continue all throughout 2022.

Disney World 50
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently listed as being the only Disney Park free from refurbishment closures. Keep in mind, the refurbishment schedule is listed to help us plan but it is not set in stone. Disney has been known to extend refurbishments, shorten them, and even close attractions and/or shops suddenly for refurbishment. We’ll keep you updated as we cruise through January 2022!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.