Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule Starting January, 2017

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 and learn that a favorite is closed once you arrive.

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, 2017, to the best of our knowledge.

Theme Parks:

Magic Kingdom:

Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour: no tours January 1-February 28, 2017.

Liberty Square Riverboat: closed January 3-January 12, 2017.

Walt Disney World Railroad: closed January 9-March 2, 2017.

Hall of Presidents: closed January 17-June 29, 2017.


No known current or upcoming closures.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!: ended on December 31, 2016.

Club Villain: ends current run on January 27, 2017.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Kali River Rapids: closed January 3-January 29, 2017.

Water Parks:

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: currently closed for its annual refurbishment until March 11, 2017.

Disney Springs:

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Planet Hollywood: closed, scheduled to reopen as Planet Hollywood Observatory in February, 2017.

Fulton’s Crab House: closed, scheduled to reopen as Paddlefish in Spring, 2017.

Characters In Flight: closed January 9-January 13, 2017.

DisneyQuest: permanent closure was announced in June, 2015 to make way for the NBA Experience, but no further details have emerged. The indoor theme park currently remains open, and the future status is unknown.

Resorts (in alphabetical order):

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort:

The Piano Pool will remain closed until early February, 2017. Guests are to use the Calypso Pool instead.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village:

Several floors are currently closed for refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas:

Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions. Guests are advised not to leave items on the patios during construction hours. Self parking may also be limited.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:

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

Disney’s Old Key West Resort:

Sandcastle Pool will be closed from early January-February, 2017. Other resort pools will be open.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort:

Hippy Dippy Pool will be closed, starting early January, 2017. Guests may use the Bowling Pool instead. Starting February, 2017, maintenance will take place in some guest areas. Construction will take place 10:00am-4:00pm to minimize guest disruptions.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas:

Hidden Springs Pool, Cub’s Den, resort beach, marina, playground and other areas 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:

Refurbishments will take place starting in January, 2017. Construction will take 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.