Walt Disney World
Refurbishments/Closings

What attractions will be closed during your visit to Walt Disney World?
Check our refurbishment/closings listing below.

Welcome to our revamped Refurbishments/Closings page!

This list shows which attractions and other Walt Disney World resort areas are closed for refurbishment (or for some other reason).

The list is organized by theme park and resorts, in order of the start date of the refurbishment projects. You can also customize the page to see those closings that most interest you:

  • Search on the TYPE of refurbishment or closing -- short-term vs permanent closure, for example.
  • Use the Starting Date and Ending Date fields for tailor-made results showing what's closed during your vacation.
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ANIMAL KINGDOM

Creature Comforts
Discovery Island
Closed to be converted into a Starbucks location.

  1/5/2015 - 6/14/2015
Flame Tree BBQ

  1/5/2015 - 5/18/2015

DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Toy Story Expansion
Pixar Place
More midway track will be added. Attraction is open during construction.

  Early 2015 - Late 2016
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Animation Courtyard

  9/7/2015 - 9/10/2015

EPCOT

Maelstrom
Norway Pavilion
The Maelstrom attraction and Spirit of Norway movie have closed to make way for a new attraction based on the animated film, "Frozen." The new attraction will take guests to the film's land of Arendelle and is expected to open in early 2016. The Norway pavilion will also again host a royal greeting location where the characters Anna and Elsa can meet guests.

  10/5/2014 - Early 2016
Soarin' Update and Expansion
Land Pavilion
Another theater is being added, as well as new screens and a projection system bringing a visually enhanced experience. Attraction is open during construction.

  Early 2015 - Late 2016
Captain EO
Future World West (Seasonal Closure)
Captain EO will close temporarily to make room for a sneak preview of the upcoming film, "Tomorrowland." This sneak peek will play every 15-20 minutes throughout the day. No FastPass+ will be available.

  4/9/2015 - 5/31/2015

MAGIC KINGDOM

Central Plaza/Hub
Main Street USA
Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are under way.

  2014 - 2015
Walt Disney World Monorail System

The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Resort beam will continue to run during downtimes. Guests arriving at the Ticket and Transportation Center during downtimes will be directed to the ferry boats.

  3/10/2015 - Late 2015
Jungle Cruise
Adventureland

  4/13/2015 - 5/8/2015
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Frontierland

  4/27/2015 - 4/30/2015
Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station
Fantasyland

  4/27/2015 - 5/1/2015
Pirates of the Caribbean
Adventureland

  6/8/2015 - 9/25/2015
Speedway: Richard Petty Driving Experience/Exotic Car Experience

  6/28/2015 - PERMANENT CLOSURE
Liberty Tree Tavern
Liberty Square

  7/6/2015 - 11/20/2015
Dream Along with Mickey
Main Street USA

  7/19/2015 - 8/22/2015
Liberty Square Riverboat
Liberty Square

  8/4/2015 - 8/10/2015

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive
Marketplace
Expect major traffic. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that guests use Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.

  2014 - March 2016
Disney Springs Transformation
Marketplace
The multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs will treat guests to more shopping, dining and entertainment amid open-air promenades, springs and waterfront charm. Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, from boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.

  2014 - 2016
Disney Springs Transformation
West Side
Parking Lots - Entrance 2 - Lots A-G. Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.

  2014 - 8/31/2016
Disney Springs Transformation - Paradiso 37
Pleasure Island
Paradiso 37 is set to nearly double its seating. It will add more terrace dining and a new outdoor performance stage. The menu will continue to offer a culinary tour of North, Central and South America. Paradiso 37 will remain open while undergoing renovations, which are expected to be finished by this summer.

  Early 2015 - Summer 2015
Disney Springs Transformation - Planet Hollywood
Pleasure Island
Planet Hollywood will be transformed into a four-story stargazing observatory to "match the design aesthetic of Disney Springs." The interior will feature spherical, planet-shaped lighting fixtures and will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers, while retaining the old movie memorabilia. There will be a new outdoor terrace and an outdoor bar space called Stargazers that will feature live entertainment. The main dining room will include a DJ. Planet Hollywood's renovations will be completed in 2016.

  Early 2015 - 2016

RESORTS

Polynesian
General Construction Around Resort

Certain buildings or pathways may be unavailable at certain times. Construction will be taking place throughout the resort.

  2014 - Through early 2016
Swan
WDW Swan Hotel

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms are currently being renovated, set to be completed in 2015. Renovations take place between 9am and 7pm daily.

  Early 2014 - Late 2015
Beach Club
Beach Club Guest Rooms

Guest rooms are being refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Work takes place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

  Ongoing - 8/22/2015
Beach Club
Villas Guest Rooms

Small blocks of rooms will be renovated at one time, meaning that guest stays in refurbished villas should commence in early April. Major in-room modifications include new furniture, carpet, flooring, curtains, linens and stainless steel appliances. Upgrades to the electrical system will add USB charging stations and additional electrical outlets to the villas. Deluxe Studio villas are being expanded to accommodate five guests with the addition of a fold-down sleeper. Elsewhere at the resort, a billiard table has been added to The Drawing Room located at the entrance to the villa wing. The table is available free to guests 24 hours per day.

  Late March 2015 - Late June 2015
Polynesian
East Pool

Expect noise and construction, possible some pathways blocked.

  4/15/2015 - Early 2016
Saratoga Springs
Grandstand Water Play Area

Pool remains open during the work.

  4/27/2015 - 5/3/2015
Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Donald Duck Kiddie Fountain

Pool remains open during this work

  5/4/2015 - 5/22/2015
Art of Animation
Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area

  5/26/2015 - 6/29/2015
Contemporary
Contemporary Feature Pool

  9/8/2015 - 9/10/2015
Dolphin
WDW Dolphin Hotel

The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will begin in 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

  Early 2016 - Late 2017