Walt Disney World Quarterly Refurbishment Schedule Starting July 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 July, 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 has yet to be announced. Until then, guests can see the train up close in the Main Street, U.S.A. Station.
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Celebration: running through September 30.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!: closed, permanent closure has not been announced.


  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: last show will be held on September 30. It will be replaced temporarily by Epcot Forever on October 1, 2019. A permanent show will debut in 2020.
  • Liberty Inn: Closes on July 8, will reopen later this year as Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid: closed July 15, 16, 17, 30, 31, and August 1.
  • Keystone Clothiers: closed through August 3, 2019.
  • Legends of Hollywood: closed through August 3, 2019.
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood: closed through August 3, 2019.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open August 29, 2019. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be the only ride operational when Galaxy’s Edge first opens. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance should open later this year.
  • The Incredibles at Pixar Place: running through September 30.
  • Mike and Sully at Walt Disney Presents: running through September 30.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: opening has been moved back to 2020.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch: reopening on July 11 after a lengthy refurbishment. This includes Wildlife Express Train, Affection Section, Conservation Station, and Habitat Habit!. Rafiki’s Planet Watch will include a new FastPass+ option called The Animation Experience at Conservation Station.
  • Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party: running through September 30.

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Water Parks – 

  • No current closures.

Disney Springs – 

  • NBA Experience is set to open on August 12, 2019.
  • 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.

Resorts (in alphabetical order) –

  • 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 late August until December, 2019.
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Resort is currently under refurbishment. Construction takes place 9:00am-5:00pm to minimize guest disruptions. Gran Destino Tower is set to open July, 2019.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Mizner’s Lounge is closed for refurbishment, no date for reopening has been announced.
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort: The Hippy Dippy Pool will undergo refurbishment, starting in fall, 2020.
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort: Reservations are being accepted for December 16, 2019 and beyond.

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.