How Many More CLOSURES Will Happen In Disney World in 2021?

Are you going on a trip to Disney World soon?

Main Street, U.S.A.

You’ll want to check out any refurbishments or construction going on in the parks so that you’re prepared for what might be closed during your trip. We’re going to check out ALL the closures that are scheduled to happen in Disney World for the rest of this year. So if your trip is coming up in the next few months, read on to see what you need to plan for.

Disney World has a lot of projects in the works right now, including a couple of BIG rides. But what we’re looking at here are existing rides, attractions, hotels, and restaurants that are usually available, but they’ll be temporarily closed sometime before the end of this year. Let’s start in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom

The only ride with a scheduled closure in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this year is Kali River Rapids. This popular attraction is closing for a refurbishment starting on November 1st.

Kali River Rapids

This ride normally shuts down for bit each year for maintenance. This time, it’s supposed to be closed through mid-December. The calendar is showing that it will be closed through December 15th at least (although it could be longer, since the calendar doesn’t show the dates past that yet).

Kali River Rapids Entrance

Another thrill ride in Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, is closing for a LONG time, but not until next year.

Expedition Everest

So if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced ride in Animal Kingdom in November, check out Expedition Everest, Avatar Flight of Passage, or even Dinosaur.

Hollywood Studios

Some attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios haven’t returned to the park yet. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid show is temporarily unavailable, and it doesn’t have a reopening date yet.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Fantasmic! is another popular show that hasn’t come back, and we’re not sure when we could see it again. We noticed some construction happening over there last month, so it’s possible that the show will have some changes when it does return. One show that finally has a reopening date is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. This show will return on December 19th this year.

It’s coming back!

Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom, there are a couple of closures happening before the end of this year. One, however, is an ongoing refurbishment. The Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed for a while now.

Magic Kingdom Railroad Station

Construction on the upcoming TRON Lightcycle Run ride interrupted the Railroad tracks over in Tomorrowland. As a result, this attraction will probably not be running until TRON construction is finished. We’re not sure when the roller coaster will open, but from what we’ve seen, it’s not quite ready for guests.

It looks cool, though!

Our guess is that the TRON roller coaster won’t open this year, which means the Walt Disney World Railroad will probably remain closed as well.

Walt Disney World Railroad Train “In Residence” at Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station

Another attraction that’ll be gone for a while is Mickey’s PhilharMagic. This attraction is getting a new scene, inspired by Disney Pixar’s Coco.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be closed from October 11th through November 11th, and you can watch it with the new scene starting November 12th.


We’re so excited to see “Un Poco Loco” join the rest of the scenes in this attraction. It’s already arrived in Disneyland, so you can check it out here!

See the New Coco Scene at Disneyland’s Attraction

That’s it for the scheduled closures for attractions in the Disney parks, so now let’s look at hotels and restaurants around Disney World.


Both Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort have construction going on in their lobbies right now.


Both of the projects are expected to last through late October of this year.

Saratoga Springs Lobby

You can still check in there, at other desks or temporary check-in areas, or you can use the My Disney Experience app to head straight to your room when you arrive.

All-Star Movies Resort

Two hotels that haven’t reopened yet are set to return this year: Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort will reopen on October 14th, and Port Orleans – French Quarter will reopen on October 28th.

Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter Lobby

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort was supposed to reopen on December 9th, but its return has been pushed back indefinitely.

All-Star Sports Entrance

Disney said the delay was because of some new refurbishments coming to the hotel.


Several restaurants in EPCOT are closed right now, and none of them have return dates yet:

Akershus in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT
Tangierine Cafe

Also, the Neighborhood Bakery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is closed, and we’re not sure yet when it will reopen.

Neighborhood Bakery

Remember that Disney World sometimes closes rides, attractions, or other areas unexpectedly (due to technical issues, weather, etc.), so keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app during your trip. If any of the attractions, hotel, or restaurants get updated timelines, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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