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Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule Starting January 1, 2020

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 January, 2020, 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.
  • Splash Mountain: closed for refurbishment January 6 through February 28, 2020.

Epcot:

  • Test Track: closed for refurbishment January 13 through February 26, 2020.
  • Impressions de France: closed, reopening January 17, 2020. Will rotate with new show, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along.
  • O Canada!: closed, will reopen as Canada Far and Wide in circle-Vision 360 on January 17, 2020.
  • Awesome Planet will debut in The Land Pavilion on January 17, 2020.
  • Epcot is under a massive transformation, so several temporary food or merchandise locations are located at the front of the park.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is scheduled to open on March 4, 2020.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Kali River Rapids: closed for refurbishment January 6 through March 21, 2020.
  • Primeval Whirl now operates seasonally.

Water Parks:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: closed for its annual refurbishment, will reopen January 13, 2020.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: will be closed January 13 through March 28, 2020, for its annual refurbishment.

Disney Springs:

  • The new Cirque du Soleil show, Drawn to Life, will open on April 17, 2020. Previews will begin on March 20. Tickets are currently available.

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 Pop Century Resort: The Hippy Dippy Pool will undergo refurbishment, starting in Winter, 2020.

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.