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

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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
??? - Spring 2020Disney's Hollywood Studios : Hollywood BoulevardMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway -- Plans for the first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction were unveiled during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017. It will feature a new original story and theme song and will take guests on a journey using new technologies that transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into a multi-dimensional experience.
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.
May. 25 - Sep. 03Resort WideIncredible Summer -- Walt Disney World kicks off its Incredible Summer over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. Highlights include Donald's Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Live! concert series at Epcot (starts June 9), an Incredibles Dance Party at Magic Kingdom, H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon and more.
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.
Jul. 01 - Oct. 20Magic KingdomFerrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
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.
Aug. 07 - Aug. 12ESPN Wide World of SportsJr. NBA World -- The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. and eight international teams) that will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the inaugural event Aug. 7-12, 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Located at Walt Disney World Resort, the world-class venue regularly hosts elite and recreational youth sports competitions.
Mid-Aug. 2018 - Fall 2019Resort : Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo HouseRoom Refurbishment
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.
Aug. 17 - Oct. 31Magic KingdomMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party -- 2018 Dates:
-- August 17, 24, 28, 31
-- September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
-- October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
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
Aug. 30 - Nov. 12EpcotEpcot's International Food and Wine Festival -- The 23rd Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will return to Walt Disney World for 75 days, continuing its tradition of fine dining events, appearances by favorite Disney culinarians and top celebrity chefs, and a slate of concerts from favorite bands of the last few decades.