Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule (Starting January 2018)

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 and closings 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 January, 2018, to the best of our knowledge.

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom:

Splash Mountain: closed January 8-February 1, 2018.

Liberty Square Riverboat: closed January 8-June 28, 2018.

Pirates of the Caribbean: closed February 26-March 18, 2018.

Cinderella’s Royal Table: closed February 28, 2018-March 2, 2018.


The American Adventure: closed January 15-February 14, 2018.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

No known current or upcoming closures.

Toy Story Land is scheduled to open Summer, 2018.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open in 2019.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Flights of Wonder: closed permanently on December 31, 2017. A new show featuring Russell and Dug from Up will open in Spring, 2018.

Kali River Rapids: closed January 2-February 10, 2018.

Finding Nemo: The Musical: closed February 4-February 24, 2018.

Water Parks:

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: closed through January 6, 2018 for annual refurbishment.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: closed January 7, 2018-March 17, 2018 for annual refurbishment.

Disney Springs:

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil: closed permanently December 31, 2017. Will be replaced by a new Cirque du Soleil show featuring Disney themes, no opening date has been announced.

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria: closed, will reopen as Terralina Crafted Italian, early 2018.


Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and Calypso Trading Post are closed during this time. Other dining options, including food carts, are available instead. Goombay Games Arcade is also closed.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

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.