1 Closure Ends and 7 More Continue in Disney World This Week

Every year, Disney World uses the winter months to do routine refurbishments across the parks and resorts while crowds are a bit lower and this year is no different!

Cinderella Castle

If you’re visiting during this time, then it’s important to know what will be closed to help you plan, so that’s why we’re bringing you a look at everything that will be unavailable in Disney World this week from January 24th to 30th, 2022.

Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

Walt Disney World Railroad

We’ve been keeping track of the Walt Disney World Railroad in Magic Kingdom closure for quite some time now and the popular attraction is set to remain closed this week.

Walt Disney World Railroad

The train’s loop around the park is currently being blocked by construction on the new roller coaster, TRON: Lightcycle Run. And, with no official opening date announced for the ride, it is still unknown when the railroad may operate in the park again.

Learn about the recent testing being done on the Walt Disney World Railroad here!

Splash Mountain

Another fan-favorite ride in Magic Kingdom is set to be closed for another week — Splash Mountain.

Splash Mountain closes annually

The ride closed for routine maintenance (that is not related to the previously-announced transformation of Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog-themed ride) at the beginning of the month and is not projected to reopen until February 11th, 2022.

Learn more about the temporary closure of Splash Mountain HERE!

EPCOT Refurbishments


Over in EPCOT, your walk around World Showcase will be filled with a little less shopping as Souk-Al-Magreb will remain closed for another week in the Morocco Pavilion.

Souk-Al-Magreb Closed

The store has been closed for several months now, but it won’t be much longer before it opens its doors once again on February 6th, 2022.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Refurbishments

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is another roller coaster that closed at the beginning of the month for refurbishment and the work continues throughout this week in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Expedition Everest is CLOSED

Disney’s website currently lists that the closure will last through mid-April 2022 so we’ll be keeping an eye out for when an official date is announced — stay tuned!

Learn more about the closure of Expedition Everest HERE!

Disney World Water Park Refurbishments

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

We typically see Disney close one of their water parks in the winter months for refurbishments and this year Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is following suit!

Melt Away Bay at Blizzard Beach

The park closed at the beginning of January and a reopening date has not yet been announced. However, in the meantime, guests looking to take a dip in the pool can head over to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park which recently reopened.

Click HERE to see what Typhoon Lagoon is like now that it has reopened!

Disney Resorts

Disney Skyliner

At the end of last week, the Disney Skyliner route between Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and EPCOT closed for maintenance, but it is already set to reopen this week on January 28th, 2022.

Disney Skyliner over Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Until the route is reopened, guests looking to get between the Skyliner Resorts and EPCOT can utilize complimentary bus and boat transportation.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Enjoy spending some of your Disney day back at the resort pool? Well, if you’re staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you’ll want to know that the Flippin’ Fins Pool (which is located in the Little Mermaid section of the hotel) is currently closed.

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

The closure is expected to last through late February 2022 but both the Big Blue Pool and the Cozy Cone Pool remain open for guests in the meantime.

Click here to learn about additional pool refurbishments scheduled at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Speaking of pool closures, the Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas ­– Kidani Village will also be closed for guests this week as it continues to undergo refurbishment.

Samawati Springs Pool

The refurbishment is projected to end in April 2022 but guests looking to take a dip in the pool can head over to the Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House until then.

Learn more about the pool closures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge here!

That’s it for all the closures in Disney World next week! We’re always keeping an eye out for the latest refurbishments, construction projects, and opening dates throughout the parks and resorts, so stay tuned to AllEars for more!

Click HERE to see all of the upcoming Disney World closures that could impact your trip!

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