3 Popular Rides, a Park, and MORE Will Be CLOSED in Disney World This Week

If you’re planning on heading to Disney World this week then there are quite a few closures that you’ll want to know about!

Magic Kingdom

Disney schedules refurbishments for certain attractions, shops, and resorts throughout the year to do routine touch-ups or needed maintenance. And, this week, seven (!!) spots are scheduled closures between January 10th to 16th, 2022 — let’s take a look!

Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

Walt Disney World Railroad

It’s been over three years since the Walt Disney World Railroad has taken guests on the iconic loop around Magic Kingdom, and the closure is set to continue through next week.

Train in Fantasyland Station | Photo from 2020

Currently, a portion of the train tracks are being blocked by construction on TRON: Lightcycle Run in Tomorrowland, so it could be some time before this fan-favorite attraction is up and running again. For now, no reopening date has been announced.

The Walt Disney World Railroad Was Testing Recently — Learn More HERE!

Splash Mountain

Another popular Magic Kingdom attraction is set to join the refurbishment list this week! Splash Mountain will close beginning January 10th through February 10th, 2022 for routine maintenance, so guests will have to forego a water-logged ride for the month.

Splash Mountain

Keep in mind that this closure is not related to the previously-announced transformation of Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog-themed ride, as this will come at a later date and likely involve a longer closure.

Learn More About the Splash Mountain Refurbishment HERE!

EPCOT Refurbishments


Your trip around World Showcase at EPCOT won’t look the same quite yet, as the small shop, Souk-Al-Magreb, will remain closed this week in the Morocco Pavilion.

Souk-Al-Magreb Closed

The store has been closed for many months and is not scheduled to reopen until February 6th, 2022 according to Disney World’s calendar.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Refurbishments

Expedition Everest

Last week marked the beginning of the long-term closure of Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it will continue throughout this week.

Expedition Everest is CLOSED

Disney hasn’t shared many details about what updates they are making to the ride, but it is currently projected to reopen in mid-April 2022. We’ll be keeping an eye out for an official date!

Learn More About the Closure of Expedition Everest HERE!

Disney World Water Park Refurbishments

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Those looking to spend a day cooling off in the water will have to turn to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (which recently reopened) because Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is currently closed for refurbishment.

Melt Away Bay at Blizzard Beach

The water park closed for the first time since March 2021 last week and Disney has not shared a timeline for when it may reopen.

Read More About the long-term closure of Blizzard Beach HERE!

Disney Resorts

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Over at the Disney World Resort hotels, you’ll want to keep in mind that the Flippin’ Fins Pool (which is located in the Little Mermaid section of the hotel) will be closed for guests staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Flippin’ Fins Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The pool is currently under refurbishment from early January 2022 through late February 2022, but both the Big Blue Pool and the Cozy Cone Pool remain open.

Check out more details about the pool closures scheduled at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort HERE!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

And, the Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas ­– Kidani Village is also closed this week for refurbishment.

Samawati Springs Pool

The closure is expected to last through April 2022, but guests can still take a break from the sun in the Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House in the meantime.

Learn More About the Pool’s Temporary Closure HERE!

That’s everything that will be closed this week in Disney World, but there are more refurbishments on the horizon so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest updates!

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One Reply to “3 Popular Rides, a Park, and MORE Will Be CLOSED in Disney World This Week”

  1. Scheduled to go in Feb. for a meeting. I have decided not to go to the parks even though I’m an annual pass holder. The crowds are the main reason. I’m just not interested in Disney, the parks, the closures, the money, the decreasing quality and safety concerns anymore. I’ll read a book instead.