Refurbishments and Closures at Walt Disney World in August of 2018, 2019

August 2018

Aug. 15 - Aug. 29Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge -- Work is under way on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was announced during the 2015 D23 EXPO.
8/4/16 - Late 2018Resort : Beach Club Convention Center Expansion Work -- During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work should be limited to between 9 a.m and 9 p.m.
Nov. 2016 - Summer 2019Resort : Coronado SpringsHard Goods Refurbishment
Feb. 1, 2017 - 2019Resort : Caribbean BeachBarbados and Martinique -- These sections of the resort have been demolished to make way for construction of the new Disney Riviera Resort.
Feb. 16 - Jul. 09Resort : Coronado SpringsGran Destino Tower -- New 15-story tower being added at Coronado Springs, will include a two-story lobby and 545 guest rooms. There will also be a roof-top dining location called Toledo. Reservations are now being taken for stays starting July 9, 2019 and later.
Spring 2017 - 2019Resort : Old Key WestOld Key West Refresh -- In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of facilities and offerings, Disney's Old Key West Resort will be undergoing a wholesale refurb. Work most likely to cause a noise impact will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This refurbishment is expected to be completed in 2019.
May. 30 - TBADisney Springs : West SideJaleo -- A new restaurant coming from Chef Jose Andres.
Jul. 15 - Dec. 16Riviera ResortDisney's Riviera Resort -- The Riviera Resort is “inspired by the grandeur of Europe, but reimagined à la Disney magic.” It will be conveniently located near Caribbean Beach Resort, and will feature Disney Skyliner transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot when it opens December 16, 2019.
Jul. 15 - Late 2019Epcot : Mission: SpaceSpace Restaurant -- This restaurant will be built in a newly developed area located between Epcot’s Mission: SPACE and Test Track attractions.

Once completed, the restaurant will invite guests to travel to space for a dining experience in the stars. The new restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which also operates Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot.
Now - Opening 2021?Epcot : France PavilionRemy's Ratatouille Adventures -- Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Art of Animation Disney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Caribbean BeachDisney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Pop CenturyDisney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 01 - Spring 2019Resort : Old Key WestRoom Refurbishment -- During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 - Early 2020Hollywood BoulevardMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway -- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel.
Aug. 17 - 2021TomorrowlandTRON Lightcycle Power Run -- TRON Lightcycle Power Run is coaster-style attraction, in which riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON's high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures.
Aug. 17 - 2021Future World EastGuardians of the Galaxy attraction -- Opening in 2021, this Guardians of Galaxy themed coaster will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system.
Oct. 2017 - Aug. 12Disney SpringsNBA Experience -- The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences and an exciting retail store that will offer something for all NBA fans worldwide.

The NBA Experience opens in summer 2019.
Jan. 06 - Summer 2018Resort : Port Orleans French QuarterSoft Goods Refurbishment -- A soft goods refurbishment should provide new linens, curtains, flooring and some electronic updates.
Jan. 08 - TBAMagic Kingdom : Liberty SquareLiberty Square Riverboat
Feb. 04 - Sep. 02Epcot : Norway PavilionKringla Bakeri og Kafe -- The refurbishment will enlarge the space and create more seating. While the Bakeri is closed, visit the temporary kiosk called Midnattssol which will sell the spot's most popular items (including School Bread).
Mid-Feb. 2018 - Oct. 26Disney Springs : The Marketplace World of Disney -- World of Disney will be "reimagined" in 2018. Work will be completed in phases so guests can continue shopping during construction. Shops in Town Center at Disney Springs, such as Ever After Jewelry Co. or The Disney Corner (opening in mid-February), will carry select merchandise during renovations.
Now Through - Early 2019Resort : All Star MoviesRoom Refurbishment
April 2018 - Early 2019Resort : Port Orleans RiversideRoom Refurbishments
April 2018 - Fall 2018Resort : Port Orleans RiversidePool Refurbishments -- One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment, but the feature pool, Ol' Man Island, and four other leisure pools will be available.
May. 12 - Jul. 05Epcot : Japan PavilionTakumi-Tei Restaurant -- An all-new table service restaurant will be coming to the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase. The restaurant will be a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means “artisan” in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space. Takumi-Tei will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which currently operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan Pavilion.
June 2018 - Late 2018Resort : Coronado SpringsPepper Market -- Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort will undergo minor refurbishment but will remain in operation during this time.
June - Summer 2018Resort : Pop CenturyRoom Refurbishment -- During this time, even though most work will not start until after 9 a.m. daily, you may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable.
Now - TBAResort WideWalt Disney World Monorail -- The monorail is undergoing ongoing refurbishment. As a result, normal service and/or routes may be modified. Alternative transportation options will be available during this time.
June 18 - Late August 2018Other : Pandora - The World of AvatarLake Buena Vista Golf Course -- The course will operate as a 9-hole course during its refurbishment, which will include the addition of a Mickey-shaped bunker. Also, all of the bunkers will be enhanced, adding new powdery white sand.
Summer - December 2018Resort : Swan Lobby, Public Spaces, Coffee Bar -- The $3 million Swan Resort project will take place in phases, in order to remain open to guests throughout the renovation.
Jul. 01 - Oct. 20Magic KingdomFerrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
Mid. Aug. - Fall 2018Resort : Beach Club Stormalong Bay Enhancement -- A very small portion of Stormalong Bay Pool will be closed to make way for new cabanas. The remainder of the area will remain in full operation.
Mid-Aug. 2018 - Fall 2019Resort : Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo HouseRoom Refurbishment
August 2018 - Summer 2019Swan : ResortCoffee Bar and Lobby Spaces -- The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is undergoing its next redesign project, a $3 million transformation of the Swan Resort’s lobby, public spaces and coffee bar.
Aug. 21 - Early November 2018Resort : PolynesianTambu Lounge

August 2019

Aug. 15 - Aug. 29Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge -- Work is under way on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was announced during the 2015 D23 EXPO.
Nov. 2016 - Summer 2019Resort : Coronado SpringsHard Goods Refurbishment
Feb. 1, 2017 - 2019Resort : Caribbean BeachBarbados and Martinique -- These sections of the resort have been demolished to make way for construction of the new Disney Riviera Resort.
Spring 2017 - 2019Resort : Old Key WestOld Key West Refresh -- In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of facilities and offerings, Disney's Old Key West Resort will be undergoing a wholesale refurb. Work most likely to cause a noise impact will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This refurbishment is expected to be completed in 2019.
Jul. 15 - Dec. 16Riviera ResortDisney's Riviera Resort -- The Riviera Resort is “inspired by the grandeur of Europe, but reimagined à la Disney magic.” It will be conveniently located near Caribbean Beach Resort, and will feature Disney Skyliner transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot when it opens December 16, 2019.
Jul. 15 - Late 2019Epcot : Mission: SpaceSpace Restaurant -- This restaurant will be built in a newly developed area located between Epcot’s Mission: SPACE and Test Track attractions.

Once completed, the restaurant will invite guests to travel to space for a dining experience in the stars. The new restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which also operates Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot.
Now - Opening 2021?Epcot : France PavilionRemy's Ratatouille Adventures -- Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Art of Animation Disney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Caribbean BeachDisney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Resort : Pop CenturyDisney Skyliner Construction -- A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 - Early 2020Hollywood BoulevardMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway -- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel.
Aug. 17 - 2021TomorrowlandTRON Lightcycle Power Run -- TRON Lightcycle Power Run is coaster-style attraction, in which riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON's high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures.
Aug. 17 - 2021Future World EastGuardians of the Galaxy attraction -- Opening in 2021, this Guardians of Galaxy themed coaster will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system.
Oct. 2017 - Aug. 12Disney SpringsNBA Experience -- The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences and an exciting retail store that will offer something for all NBA fans worldwide.

The NBA Experience opens in summer 2019.
Mid-Aug. 2018 - Fall 2019Resort : Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo HouseRoom Refurbishment
August 2018 - Summer 2019Swan : ResortCoffee Bar and Lobby Spaces -- The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is undergoing its next redesign project, a $3 million transformation of the Swan Resort’s lobby, public spaces and coffee bar.
Fall 2018 - 2020Resort : Swan The Cove -- The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel's tennis courts will be the site of a new 349-room, 14-story hotel tower.
Fall 2018 - 2022Resort : Reflections – A Disney Lakeside LodgeReflections -- Bay Lake will be getting a new nature-inspired, mixed-use Disney resort that will sit between Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The new resort will be in the deluxe resort category, and will include more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas. It will be Disney's 16th Disney Vacation Club property.
- TBAMagic Kingdom : Main Street USAWalt Disney World Railroad -- The Walt Disney World Railroad will cease running and will sit "in residence" at its Main Street Station while work progresses on the new Tron coaster coming to Tomorrowland in 2021. This will give guests the chance to have an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of some unique photo opportunities.
Feb. 19 - 2021Future World EastWonders of Life Pavilion -- The Wonders of Life pavilion is being reimagined into the Play Pavilion, and will feature first-of-their-kind experiences devoted to playful fun. The Play Pavilion will take guests into an innovative, interactive city bursting with games and hands-on activities. Play Pavilion visitors will interact with Disney characters in an energetic metropolis unlike anything ever seen before at Epcot.
Mar. 18 - 2021France PavilionFrench Creperie -- Scheduled to be built in an all-new location near the previously announced Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction, the new crêperie will feature the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, who is also responsible for the pavilion’s Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul. There will also be a quick-service location attached.
Apr. 05 - Fall 2019Grand FloridianMizner's Lounge -- Disney has announced that in addition to expanding the lounge it will be re-themed to a Beauty and the Beast inspired location.
May. 20 - 2021EpcotEpcot Main Entrance Transformation -- Epcot‘s main entrance plaza will see changes that include new pathways, sweeping green spaces, and a newly re-imagined fountain. The new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. The Leave A Legacy photos, currently in the entrance plaza, will move into a setting just outside the park’s gateway.
TBA - TBACanada PavilionO Canada! -- The film will be “refreshed” with new footage along with a projection-system upgrade that is meant to visually enhance the experience.
Mid to Late August 2019 - December 2019Beach Club Beaches and Cream Soda Shop -- A temporary ice cream spot will be set up in either the Beach Club or Yacht Club resort, but we don’t know if some of the Soda Shop’s popular sundaes will be available at the temporary location.