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Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule as of October 1, 2019

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. Parts of resorts will close for refurbishment as well. 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 once you arrive and learn that a favorite is closed.

 

Below is a list of current and future refurbishments, closings, and openings 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, 2019, to the best of our knowledge.

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Walt Disney World Railroad; all stations: currently closed for Tron Lightcycle construction. Reopening date is yet to be announced. Until then, guests can see the train up close in the Main Street, U.S.A. Station.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!: closed, permanent closure has not been announced.
Walt Disney World Railroad

Epcot:

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: ended on September 30. Has been replaced temporarily by Epcot Forever on October 1, 2019. A permanent show called HarmonioUS will debut in 2020.
  • O Canada!: closed for refurbishment.
  • Electric Umbrella: closing on November 23, it’s unclear on whether it will reopen as Electric Umbrella or as a new restaurant.
  • Character Spot: moved to a new location.
  • Epcot is under a massive transformation, so several temporary food or merchandise locations are located at the front of the park.
Epcot Forever

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on December 5.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open in 2020.
Rise of the Resistance

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Primeval Whirl: currently closed, listed as temporary on the Walt Disney World website.  

Water Parks:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: currently closed for its annual refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: will close on January 5, 2020, for its annual refurbishment.
Typhoon Lagoon

Disney Springs:

  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: closed permanently December 31, 2017. It will be replaced by a new Cirque du Soleil show featuring Disney themes. It is expected to open Spring, 2020, Tickets are already on sale, with dates starting in March.

Transportation:

  • Disney Skyliner: is now open. It services Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Riviera Resorts, as well as Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are three different lines. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is on all three lines, and that is where you will find the main hub.
Disney Skyliner

Resorts (in alphabetical order):

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort: The Calypso Pool will undergo refurbishment, starting in mid-September, 2020, through mid-December, 2020.
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: The Big Blue Pool will undergo refurbishment, starting in Fall, 2020.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closed for refurbishment from early August until December, 2019.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Mizner’s Lounge is closed for refurbishment, expected to reopen Fall, 2019.
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort: The Hippy Dippy Pool will undergo refurbishment, starting in Winter, 2020.
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort: Reservations are being accepted for December 16, 2019 and beyond.
Big Blue Pool

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.