Disney World refurbishments and closures are a necessary part of ensuring the park is always at its best. Whether it’s routine maintenance, the exciting reimagining of attractions, or the addition of new rides, these updates are inevitable. For many visitors, the refurbishment schedule plays a significant role in choosing their vacation dates, as nobody wants to realize that their beloved attraction is closed during their dream Disney vacation!
Disney attractions can sometimes close unexpectedly, but the good news is that the refurbishment schedule for routine maintenance and reimagining is fairly reliable. This not only applies to the parks but also to the Disney Resorts as well as transportation. So, here’s what you need to know about the current refurbishment schedule for Disney World.
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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)
Disney World Refurbishments and Closures for 2024 (that we know of so far!)
Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.
Now Open – TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster – The highly anticipated Tron Lightcycle Power Run coaster, inspired by Shanghai Disneyland’s attraction, made its debut at Magic Kingdom in April 2023. This exhilarating ride offers an adrenaline-pumping race on sleek, two-wheeled Lightcycles. The introduction of this coaster also prompted a revamp of Tomorrowland in order to align with the immersive Tron Lightcycle theme.
January 16-20, 2024 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – This attraction routinely closes for a brief period this time of year for refurbishments.
Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – In early 2023, Splash Mountain closed its doors to make way for this exciting all-new attraction. Set in the enchanting bayous of Louisiana, visitors will accompany Princess Tiana on a musical adventure as she embarks on her new venture, Tiana’s Foods. Following the events of the film, riders will assist Tiana in finding a crucial ingredient for her grand Mardi Gras celebration at Tiana’s Palace. This immersive experience promises to feature a mix of beloved and fresh characters, melodic songs, and an all-new enchanting journey with Tiana.
Now Open – Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind – Now open, this brand “omnicoaster” features vehicles that rotate on the track to turn the guests to face the action happening around them.
Now Open – Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – This new walkthrough attraction will be coming to the World Nature section of the park and will allow guests to “interact with water” just like Moana does in her film. Also beginning on October 16, Moana herself will be greeting visitors from her very own special area, conveniently situated near Journey of Water.
December 5, 2023 – Luminous: The Symphony of Us – This new nighttime spectacular at EPCOT features an original composition as well as songs from popular Disney films including Tangled, Enchanted, Frozen, Coco, Tarzan, Coco, Toy Story, and Aladdin – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed, and will be replaced with a fully reimagined production called “The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure.” The new show is expected to debut in Fall 2024.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will close on January 8, 2024, for a refurbishment. It is currently scheduled to reopen in Summer 2024.
Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple has permanently ended.
Kali River Rapids will close on January 8, 2024, for its usual winter refurbishment. An opening date has yet to be announced.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug will be closing at some point (likely in 2024) to make way for a Zootopia Tree of Life Show. No dates have been announced.
TBD – Tropical American (re-theming of Dinoland U.S.A.) – Exciting changes are coming to Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The area is set to be transformed into a “Tropical Americas” land, drawing inspiration from the enchanting film Encanto and the action-packed Indiana Jones franchise. While specific attractions have not been officially announced, there are speculations about the potential re-theming of the popular ride DINOSAUR, as it utilizes the same ride vehicles as Disneyland’s Indiana Jones attraction. We will keep you posted if Disney makes any formal announcements!
Outside the Parks
Typhoon Lagoon will close on November 6, 2023, for winter refurbishment. No opening date has been announced.
Disney Skyliner Gondolas will experience closures in mid-to-late January 2024. This will be a phased closure that will occur first with the Disney’s Hollywood Studios side of the routes, followed by the Epcot side.
Disney World Resorts
Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach & Riviera Resorts – The Disney Skyliner Gondolas will undergo routine refurbishment starting in early 2024. The refurbishment will be conducted in phases from January 16-27, 2024. During this time, all Skyliner routes and resorts will experience temporary closures.
Caribbean Beach Resort – The Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will undergo routine maintenance from January to April 2024. Construction work may be visible or audible during daytime hours. However, guests are invited to utilize any of the 5 leisure pools available at the resort during this time.
Port Orleans French Quarter – From January to April 2024, the Doubloon Lagoon pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will be temporarily closed for regular maintenance. Guests may encounter construction activity during the day but will be encouraged to make use of the Ol’ Man Island pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – The Grand Floridian is currently undergoing a significant transformation with a new design concept – Enchanted Gardens. The renovation process has now progressed to the main lobby, which is being tackled in phases. However, construction work was temporarily halted for the holiday season in December 2023, and it is expected to resume in January 2024. Guests should also note that both 1900 Park Fare and the Grand Floridian Tea Room are likely to remain closed until the entire reimagining project is completed.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing construction to expand its offerings with new Disney Vacation Club villas. Set to open in 2024, these accommodations will provide DVC members with additional options for their stay. The new rooms boast stunning waterfront views, with many featuring private balconies. Additionally, guests can look forward to new dining venues, swimming facilities, and various recreational areas within the resort.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is currently undergoing renovations to enhance its guest experience. Upgrades include new furniture and decor in all hotel rooms, featuring delightful artwork showcasing beloved characters such as Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney pals leisurely exploring the BoardWalk. Additionally, the hotel lobby is set to receive a refreshing makeover.
All-Star Movies – The recent room renovations at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort have been completed, but further updates are scheduled in the coming years. Specifically, from January to April 2025, the Fantasia Pool at the resort will be temporarily closed for routine maintenance. During this period, guests may experience construction activities during the day. However, they are encouraged to utilize the Duck Pond Pool as an alternative swimming option.
Beach Club Resort & Villas and Yacht Club Resort – Stormalong Bay and Shipwreck Pool at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts will be temporarily closed for regular maintenance from January to May 2025. Construction work may be noticeable during the day. However, guests are invited to enjoy swimming at the Tidal, Admiral, and Dunes Cove leisure pools during this period.
All-Star Sports – The room refurbishment project at All-Star Sports is nearly complete. Most buildings were finished by early this year, except for building 1.
Fort Wilderness Campground – Walt Disney World is embarking on a significant transformation at Fort Wilderness Campground by introducing new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) cabins to replace existing ones. With over 350 cabins, this development will convert the resort side of the campground into a Disney Vacation Club property. In addition to this, a series of improvement projects are currently underway at Fort Wilderness, including upgrades to the pool area and walking trails. *Dates have yet to be announced.
*Be sure to view Disney’s interactive park hours calendar for more detailed information regarding your specific travel dates.
Disney World Planning Guides
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