4 Magic Kingdom Rides That Will Be Closed This Week in Disney World

Happy (Almost) New Year!

Tom Sawyer Island Under Refurbishment

Are you celebrating the arrival of 2021 at Disney World next week? You might see some lingering holiday crowds and a few disruptions during your vacation. We’re here to give you the low-down on all the attractions that are scheduled for refurbishment between December 28th through January 3rd, 2021!

Walt Disney World Railroad

The train in Magic Kingdom hasn’t been running for quite some time now. It stopped making its way around the theme park around the time construction for TRON Lightcycle Run began. The new roller coaster is located toward’s the outer edge of the theme park and construction is happening right around the train tracks. The train is temporarily unavailable while the attraction is finished.

TRON Construction

It’s unclear when the train will start making trips again. TRON is currently set to open in October 2021. The could indicate a timeline for when the train will start running.

Read our latest construction update for TRON here!

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

PeopleMover fans are anxiously awaiting for the PeopleMover to reopen in the Magic Kingdom. We expected the attraction to reopen along with many other attractions the day that the theme park reopened. The PeopleMover was closed for several days without explanation.

PeopleMover Closed

Eventually, the PeopleMover ended up on the official refurbishment schedule on the Disney World. Then the closure was extended twice and is currently scheduled to reopen on January 10th, 2021. We’re so close to seeing the PeopleMover reopen again!

Learn more about the PeopleMover closure right here!

Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Square Riverboat

The most distracting refurbishment is happening at Rivers of America in Frontierland. The river has been completely drained and bone dry! Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom might be a little jarred when seeing a muddy river bottom instead of a glorious river!

Drained Rivers of America

Two attractions are affected by the drained river. Tom Sawyer Island is currently closed and the Liberty Square Riverboat is not operating either. Both attractions are scheduled to stay closed through February 28th, 2021.

See more photos of the drained river here!

Future Closures

We should also note that Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close on January 4th, 2021 for refurbishment too. The water ride tends to close during the winter months due to cold weather and therefore, lack of guest attendance.

Kali River Rapids

As of now, Kali River Rapids is set to reopen on April 2nd, 2021. 

Learn about the Kali River Rapids closure!

That’s all for next week! You’ll notice more construction happening around the theme parks during your visit. EPCOT is preparing for its major transformation, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing an entryway overhaul, and the Main Street Train Station is covered with a scrim facade.

We’ll be back for more refurb updates soon!

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