8 (!!) BIG Closures in Disney World This Week

It’s the “off-season” for Disney World, which means that there are quite a few refurbishments going on across the parks and resorts while crowds are lower!

Magic Kingdom

Whether you’re looking to ride a ton of attractions, hit the pool in the afternoon, or even travel on Disney World’s newest transportation option, there are eight closures you’ll want to know about when you visit between January 17th to 23rd, 2022 — let’s take a look!

Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

Walt Disney World Railroad

If you’ve been following along with AllEars for some time now, then it should come as no surprise that the Walt Disney World Railroad will remain closed throughout the entire week in Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Railroad

The attraction has been closed due to a portion of the track that is currently blocked by the construction happening on TRON: Lightcycle Run. And, with no opening date set for the attraction yet, it is unclear how much longer the iconic railroad will remain closed.

The Walt Disney World Railroad Has Been Testing — Learn More HERE!

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain joined the list of refurbishments last week and is now set to be closed through February 10th, 2022.

Splash Mountain closes annually

Disney’s closure notice states that the ride is “closed for routine maintenance,” so this is unrelated to the previously-announced transformation of Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog-themed ride. An update on when the re-theme may happen has not yet been announced.

See What Splash Mountain Looks Like in Disney World Right Now HERE!

EPCOT Refurbishments


Over at EPCOT, the small shop in the Morocco Pavilion, Souk-Al-Magreb, will be closed for another full week.

Souk-Al-Magreb Closed

This has been one of Disney World’s longest ongoing refurbishments, but it may not be too much longer until it reopens — currently, Disney’s calendar lists it as opening on February 6th, 2022.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Refurbishments

Expedition Everest

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom the popular roller coaster Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain closed at the beginning of January for a multi-month long refurbishment and that closure will continue this week.

Expedition Everest is CLOSED

It’s unclear exactly what changes are being made to the ride, but it is set to reopen sometime in mid-April 2022. We’re on the lookout for an official date, so be sure to stay tuned!

Click here to learn more about the long-term closure of Expedition Everest!

Disney World Water Park Refurbishments

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

We often see Disney’s water parks close for refurbishment during the cooler winter months and this year is no different as Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is currently closed for refurbishment.

Melt Away Bay at Blizzard Beach

A reopening date (or even timeline) has not yet been announced, but guests can still get their dose of water attractions and lazy rivers at the recently reopened Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

See what Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is like now HERE!

Disney Resorts

Disney Skyliner

The Disney Skyliner is one of our favorite ways to get around Disney World, but select routes are scheduled to be closed for maintenance for a few days beginning next week.

Disney Skyliner over Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

From January 23rd to 28th, 2022 the Disney Skyliner service between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and EPCOT will be unavailable. All other routes will still be operating and complimentary bus and boat transportation will be available in the meantime.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Another closure that will impact Disney World Resort hotel guests is over at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Currently, the Flippin’ Fins Pool (which is located in the Little Mermaid section of the hotel) is closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until late February 2022.

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

But, guests with reservations here will still be able to cool off in the pool, as both the Big Blue Pool and the Cozy Cone Pool remain open.

More pool refurbishments are coming to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort soon — learn more here!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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

Samawati Springs Pool

Disney’s website currently lists that the closure will last through April 2022, but guests staying here during this time can head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House to take a dip in the Uzima Springs Pool instead.

Click here to learn more about the temporary closure of the pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

That’s it for everything that will be CLOSED in Disney World next week! There are quite a few more refurbishments coming up in 2022, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest updates!

Learn more about Disney World’s upcoming closures here!

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2 Replies to “8 (!!) BIG Closures in Disney World This Week”

  1. I love Disney World!! I was there October 9th-October 16th for the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m waiting patiently on March so I can return to the happiest place on Earth 😁😁

  2. We will be visiting Disney the week of Feb. 4th-11th why would you do refurbishment during the 50th anniversary why not last year? I understand you need refurbishment but, this is the big anniversary this year! They won’t reduce the price of tickets at this time!😔