Planning a Walt Disney World vacation takes months, sometimes years. You spend hours scheduling dining reservations, FastPass+, character interactions and more. There is nothing worse than arriving at the Most Magical Place on Earth after all the months of planning to find your favorite attraction is closed for refurbishment.
Walt Disney World Refurbishment Updates
I wish we had a way to prevent Disney from closing your favorite rides during your vacation. Sadly, that’s not in the cards. We can however provide you with the latest updates from Disney so that you can plan accordingly. We follow Disney’s schedule each week and update as often as they do. Want to make sure you know the latest announcements? It’s simple, really.
Keeping Up with the Refurbishment Schedule
Here are several really easy steps to keep up with the latest announcements regarding Disney World’s refurbishments:
- Sign up for the Magical DIStractions’ newsletter. You will receive a copy of the schedule in your in-box once a week.
- Pin this article to Pinterest (the table below auto updates each week).
- Follow Magical DIStractions on Facebook. We post the new schedule on our page each week.
Current Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule
Here is the current list of attractions, restaurants, resorts, and golf courses set for refurbishment in Walt Disney World.
|Location||Attraction||Start Date||End Date|
|Weather Condition - No charcoal grills or campfires||Due to dry conditions, there are currently fire restrictions throughout Central Florida. As a result, campfires at our Resort hotels will not take place as scheduled. Other recreation activities will continue to be held. Additionally, charcoal grills, where available, may not be utilized at this time. Propane grills will be permitted for use.||Now||Until further notice!|
|Resort Monorail||Resort Monorail*||3/10/15||04/26/17|
|Magic Kingdom||Hall of Presidents||01/17/17||06/29/17|
|Prince Charming Regal Carrousel||04/24/17||05/18/17|
|Advanced Training Lab||06/05/17||07/28/17|
|Animal Kingdom Park||It's Tough to be a Bug||04/24/17||04/29/17|
|Disney Springs||Portobello Country Italian Trattoria||04/23/17||Fall 2017|
|Disney Quest||07/03/17||Permanent closure|
|BoardWalk Inn & Villas||Exterior Maintenance & Painting ||02/13/17||through May 2017|
|Caribbean Beach Resort||Old Port Royale Food Court||05/01/17||06/30/18|
|Shutters at Old Port Royale||05/01/17||06/30/18|
|Cabana Pool Bar||05/01/17||06/30/18|
|Calypso Trading Post||05/01/17||06/30/18|
|Coronado Springs Resort||Hard Goods||Fall 2016||through 2017|
|Old Key West Resort||Exterior Maintenance and Painting||01/03/17||07/27/17|
|Pop Century Resort||Room Refurbishments||02/04/17||05/07/17|
|Wilderness Lodge & Boulder Ridge Villas||General Resort Refurbishments||10/02/15||07/17/17|
|Cub's Den (Children's Activity Center||10/02/15||through 2017|
|Roaring Fork Snacks||10/02/15||through 2017|
|Trout Pass Pool Bar||10/02/15||through 2017|
|Yacht Club Resort||Room Refurbishments||January 2017||TBD|
|Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center||Expansion Work||8/04/16||2/01/18|
|*List Last updated 04/17/17|
**This list was last updated by Disney on January 25, 2017.
Why Refurbishments are Necessary
Safety, safety, safety. Need I say more? I know it is frustrating, inconvenient and perhaps a few other more colorful adjectives when your favorite ride is down during your visit. I am the first to admit I rearranged my travel dates once when I learned Big Thunder Mountain was going to be closed during a planned visit. This is my favorite ride and there is simply no reason for me to visit if I cannot partake in my favorite pastime. Hence the benefit of following the Disney World refurbishment schedule! If you know in advance you can always plan accordingly.