Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule Starting April, 2017

By Paula K 


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 April, 2017, to the best of our knowledge.

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom:

Hall of Presidents: closed through June 29, 2017.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: closed April 24-May 18, 2017.

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular: closing permanently, last show will be held May 11, 2017. It will be replaced by a new show, Happily Ever After, which will start on May 12.


Mission Space: closed June 5-late July, 2017.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

No known current or upcoming closures.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Veterinary Treatment Room at Conservation Station: closed March 27-mid-June, 2017.

Tree of Life: closed April 23-29, 2017.

Pandora — The World of Avatar: officially opens May 27, 2017. Passholder previews will be held earlier in May, and soft openings are rumored.

Water Parks:

No known current or upcoming closures.

Disney Springs:

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria: closed April 23- Fall 2017.

DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park: permanently closing, last day of operation will be July 2, 2017. The NBA Experience will eventually take over the space.

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba: permanently closing, last show will be December 31, 2017.

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Resorts (in alphabetical order):

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort:

Refurbishment will begin in May, 2017. Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar, and Calypso Trading Post will be closed during the refurbishment. Other dining options, including food carts, will be available instead. Refurbishment is expected to last until 2018.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:

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

Disney’s Pop Century Resort:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Some buildings may not be available. Construction takes place 10:00am-4:00pm.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Hidden Springs Pool, Cub’s Den, Roaring Fork Snacks, Trout Pass Pool Bar, resort beach, marina, playground and recreation fire pit are closed until later in 2017. Pathways, including the nature trail, may also be closed. Construction may be heard in guest areas, but does not begin until after 9:00am. Silver Creek Springs Pool remains open.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions. Captain’s Grille will be temporarily relocated to Ariel’s from mid-May to Fall, 2017.

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.