Rehabs & Closings

Last Updated: 12/01/14


NOTE: This is UNOFFICIAL information and is subject to change without notice. Please call Walt Disney World directly to confirm. While I make every effort to ensure this information is accurate -- there are NO guarantees.

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December 2014


Effective September 1, 2014, Walt Disney World has implemented changes to the operating schedule for its monorail system. Current operating hours for the three monorail lines are as follows:

  • Magic Kingdom Resorts line : 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (extended to midnight on hard-ticket event nights)

  • Magic Kingdom Express line : 9:30 a.m. to one hour after Magic Kingdom fireworks

  • Epcot line : 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Bus and boat service are increased when monorail service is limited. No word on how long this schedule will remain in place.

Magic Kingdom

The Haunted Mansion will be closed December 1-19 for refurbishment.

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Once again this year, the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise will temporarily transform into the "Jingle Cruise" for the holiday season. There will be festive decor in the attraction queue and boathouse, holiday names for the Jungle Cruise boats and a slew of seasonal jokes from the Skippers.

Epcot

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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World will remove the iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015. The Sorcerer's Hat "opened" September 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World. No word yet on what, if anything, will take the Hat's place, or what will become of the Hat.

The LA Prop and Cinema Storage Shop at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen in early 2015 as The Trolley Car Cafe, a new food and beverage location serving Starbucks coffee and Disney favorites. Cast members at this new location will wear costumes themed to blend with the classic look and feel of Hollywood Boulevard and its surroundings. The Trolley Car Cafe will serve Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, frappuccino blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks La Boulange pastry items along with other Disney baked goods. The location will accept Starbucks gift cards.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Sunrise Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is scheduled to end as of December 28.

All-Star Music Resort

The Intermission Food Court at Disney's All-Star Music Resort is closed for a lengthy refurbishment from August 1 - December 20, 2014. Grab 'n' Go food and beverages is available in the Note'able Games Arcade. Bus transportation is provided to neighboring resort hotels -- All-Star Sports Resort and All-Star Movies Resort -- where you can dine at the End Zone Food Court or World Premiere Food Court.

BoardWalk

Kouzzina by Cat Cora closed on September 30, 2014. A new Italian restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, will open on the site. Reservations are now being taken, and the restaurant is slated to open on December 18. You can see a tentative dinner menu for the new eatery HERE.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. During this time, all rooms (with the exception of King Bed rooms and Pirate Rooms) will be upgrading to queen beds. Many rooms (but not all) will then have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a bunk-size fold down bed. These rooms will be located in all of the resort's villages.

Polynesian Resort

Great Ceremonial House Lobby - Now - December 2014. The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House.

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

As the evolution of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs continues: The first of two parking garages, the West Garage, opened on November 20. The Springs Bottling Co. sign has been installed above the future location of Morimoto Asia restaurant and the Waterview Stage is now open and offering nightly entertainment. (Check the times guides for specifics.) Later this month the Food Trucks Exposition Park located on the West Side will open. The Food Trucks will serve a variety of items, from chicken waffles to tandoori spice shrimp. Look for additional seating in that area as well. In addition, in the area that will eventually be called The Landing, there is a new Pedestrian Walkway between the restaurants Portobello and Paradiso 37. The walkway will soon be complete and will provide direct access to the West Side.

Road work on Buena Vista Drive will continue in phases through Spring 2016. The roadway will be widened to 10 lanes, adding a dedicated bus lane. In addition, two pedestrian bridges will be constructed, which will allow guests to safely cross over Buena Vista Drive. Visitors to the Downtown Disney area should plan for extra travel time due to construction and lane closures.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is closed for its annual refurbishment through December 20, 2014.


January 2015

Magic Kingdom

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for renovation from January 5 - March 6, 2015. Starting January 8, 2015, Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will host a Princess character breakfast and brunch while Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom is undergoing refurbishment. At the dining experiences, Cinderella will be on hand to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs. Diners also can participate in an interactive "Magical Wishing Ceremony" with Cinderella and the Disney Princesses, with "wishing wands" and "wishing swords" for little ones. Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99 for adults; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is two entitlements if using the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members open December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4. For reservations call 407-WDW-DINE -- online reservations and information will be available at a later date.

Splash Mountain will be closed January 4 - 30.

Epcot

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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The LA Prop and Cinema Storage Shop at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen in early 2015 as The Trolley Car Cafe, a new food and beverage location serving Starbucks coffee and Disney favorites. Cast members at this new location will wear costumes themed to blend with the classic look and feel of Hollywood Boulevard and its surroundings. The Trolley Car Cafe will serve Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, frappuccino blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks La Boulange pastry items along with other Disney baked goods. The location will accept Starbucks gift cards.

Walt Disney World will remove the iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015. The Sorcerer's Hat "opened" September 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World. No word yet on what, if anything, will take the Hat's place, or what will become of the Hat.

Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids is closed from January 20 - February 4.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. During this time, all rooms (with the exception of King Bed rooms and Pirate Rooms) will be upgrading to queen beds. Many rooms (but not all) will then have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a bunk-size fold down bed. These rooms will be located in all of the resort's villages.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

As the evolution of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs continues: The first of two parking garages, the West Garage, opened on November 20. The Springs Bottling Co. sign has been installed above the future location of Morimoto Asia restaurant and the Waterview Stage is now open and offering nightly entertainment. (Check the times guides for specifics.) Later this month the Food Trucks Exposition Park located on the West Side will open. The Food Trucks will serve a variety of items, from chicken waffles to tandoori spice shrimp. Look for additional seating in that area as well. In addition, in the area that will eventually be called The Landing, there is a new Pedestrian Walkway between the restaurants Portobello and Paradiso 37. The walkway will soon be complete and will provide direct access to the West Side.

Road work on Buena Vista Drive will continue in phases through Spring 2016. The roadway will be widened to 10 lanes, adding a dedicated bus lane. In addition, two pedestrian bridges will be constructed, which will allow guests to safely cross over Buena Vista Drive. Visitors to the Downtown Disney area should plan for extra travel time due to construction and lane closures.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Blizzard Beach Water Park will close for its annual refurbishment January 4 through March 3, 2015.


February 2015

Magic Kingdom

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for renovation from January 5 - March 6, 2015. Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will host a Princess character breakfast and brunch while Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom is undergoing refurbishment. At the dining experiences, Cinderella will be on hand to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs. Diners also can participate in an interactive "Magical Wishing Ceremony" with Cinderella and the Disney Princesses, with "wishing wands" and "wishing swords" for little ones. Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99 for adults; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is two entitlements if using the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members open December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4. For reservations call 407-WDW-DINE -- online reservations and information will be available at a later date.

The Harmony Barber Shop - will be closed beginning February 2 - March 30.

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid will be closed for refurbishment February 2 - March 6.

Epcot

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.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The LA Prop and Cinema Storage Shop at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards in Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen in early 2015 as The Trolley Car Cafe, a new food and beverage location serving Starbucks coffee and Disney favorites. Cast members at this new location will wear costumes themed to blend with the classic look and feel of Hollywood Boulevard and its surroundings. The Trolley Car Cafe will serve Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, frappuccino blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks La Boulange pastry items along with other Disney baked goods. The location will accept Starbucks gift cards.

Walt Disney World will remove the iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015. The Sorcerer's Hat "opened" September 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World. No word yet on what, if anything, will take the Hat's place, or what will become of the Hat.

Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids is closed from January 20 - February 2nd.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. During this time, all rooms (with the exception of King Bed rooms and Pirate Rooms) will be upgrading to queen beds. Many rooms (but not all) will then have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a bunk-size fold down bed. These rooms will be located in all of the resort's villages.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

As the evolution of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs continues: The first of two parking garages, the West Garage, opened on November 20. The Springs Bottling Co. sign has been installed above the future location of Morimoto Asia restaurant and the Waterview Stage is now open and offering nightly entertainment. (Check the times guides for specifics.) Later this month the Food Trucks Exposition Park located on the West Side will open. The Food Trucks will serve a variety of items, from chicken waffles to tandoori spice shrimp. Look for additional seating in that area as well. In addition, in the area that will eventually be called The Landing, there is a new Pedestrian Walkway between the restaurants Portobello and Paradiso 37. The walkway will soon be complete and will provide direct access to the West Side.

Road work on Buena Vista Drive will continue in phases through Spring 2016. The roadway will be widened to 10 lanes, adding a dedicated bus lane. In addition, two pedestrian bridges will be constructed, which will allow guests to safely cross over Buena Vista Drive. Visitors to the Downtown Disney area should plan for extra travel time due to construction and lane closures.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.

Blizzard Beach Water Park will close for its annual refurbishment January 4 through March 3, 2015.


March 2015

Magic Kingdom

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closed for renovation from January 5 - March 6, 2015. Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will host a Princess character breakfast and brunch while Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom is undergoing refurbishment. At the dining experiences, Cinderella will be on hand to greet guests as they arrive, and the Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs. Diners also can participate in an interactive "Magical Wishing Ceremony" with Cinderella and the Disney Princesses, with "wishing wands" and "wishing swords" for little ones. Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and cost is $49.99 for adults; $31.99 ages 3-9. The experience is two entitlements if using the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations for Walt Disney World Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members open December 3. Reservations open to all guests on December 4. For reservations call 407-WDW-DINE -- online reservations and information will be available at a later date.

The Harmony Barber Shop - will be closed beginning February 2nd - March 30th.

Epcot

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.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. During this time, all rooms (with the exception of King Bed rooms and Pirate Rooms) will be upgrading to queen beds. Many rooms (but not all) will then have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a bunk-size fold down bed. These rooms will be located in all of the resort's villages.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.

Blizzard Beach Water Park will close for its annual refurbishment January 4 through March 3, 2015.


April 2015

Magic Kingdom

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Epcot

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.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, scheduled to be completed in spring 2015. During this time, all rooms (with the exception of King Bed rooms and Pirate Rooms) will be upgrading to queen beds. Many rooms (but not all) will then have the ability to accommodate up to five, with the addition of a bunk-size fold down bed. These rooms will be located in all of the resort's villages.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.


May 2015

Magic Kingdom

Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are coming over the next few months. Among the changes being made: the addition of sculpted gardens and pathways, expanded restaurant seating and even a special viewing area for fireworks and other performances. In fact, the seating outside of Casey's Corner and The Plaza restaurant will nearly double in size. The project has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Epcot

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.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.

June 2015

Epcot

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.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.


July 2015

Epcot

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.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.


August 2015

Epcot

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.

Polynesian Resort

The Nanea Volcano Pool closed July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015.

The Disney Vacation Club's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is set to open some time in 2015. On his Tikimanpages.com website, Steve Seifert has uncovered a number of interesting tidbits about this latest addition to the Disney Vacation Club. The Moorea (formerly Tahiti) Longhouse is one of three longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort that is being converted from hotel rooms to DVC studios. Steve has obtained a floor plan, which shows the studios will have a connecting door to the adjacent studio. The door will be near the studio's entrance door. The two-part bathroom is configured similar to the bathrooms in Disney Cruise Line cabins and at the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. One part of the bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink, and toilet and the second part will have a sink and walk-in shower. A photo obtained by Steve shows the walk-in shower will continue the Polynesian theme using darker colors and designs. The Polynesian Village hotel rooms are some of the largest hotel rooms on Disney property. Steve estimates that the converted Polynesian studios will be about 465 square feet. Deluxe Studio villas at Disney's Old Key West Resort, currently the largest studios at any DVC resort, are only 390 square feet.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.


Beyond

Epcot

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.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is currently undergoing the largest renovation in its 25-year history. The Swan rooms will be completed in 2015. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will not begin until 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs

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. The Landing section of Disney Springs will open and be rededicated in early 2015.

Read HERE for more on Disney Springs.


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As with all information posted on this site, it is UNofficial and subject to change by Disney at any time and without any notice. Be sure to call WDW to confirm specific events.