All Events, Closures and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World in May of 2019

May 2019

Aug. 15, 2015 - Late Fall 2019Disney'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.
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.
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 2019.
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 - 2021Epcot : 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 : 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.
Oct. 2017 - 2019Disney 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.
May. 12 - 2021?Epcot : Japan PavilionJapan Signature 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. The as-yet unnamed restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which currently operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan Pavilion.
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.
Oct. 20 - Spring 2019Disney's Animal KingdomRafiki's Planet Watch
Oct. 30 - Aug. 12Disney Springs : West SideCity Works Eatery and Pour House -- A restaurant and bar known for craft beers from local breweries and around the world, plans to open its eighth location in Disney Springs West Side. Opening date has been announced as August 12, 2019!
Nov. 18 - Late 2019Resort Wide90 Years of Mickey Mouse -- "The World's Biggest Mouse Party" will be a celebration at Disney parks and resorts around the world, with commemorative merchandise, photo locations and more.
- 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.
TBA - Summer 2019Magic Kingdom : TomorrowlandTomorrowland Speedway -- The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for part of 2019, to allow for the adjustment of its track. Contrary to rumors, the attraction is not permanently closing -- it will reopen otherwise unchanged in the summer of 2019.
Mar. 06 - Jun. 03EpcotEpcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2019 -- This event, returning for its 26th year, again will feature outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of Disney-themed topiaries and amazing plantings. The Garden Rocks Concert Series expands to seven days a week in 2019, with a mix of new and returning artists.
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.