Watch Out for These 8 CLOSURES in Disney World

Disney World has changed a LOT over the past few weeks. Many character meet-and-greets have returned to “normal,” face mask policies have changed, and the new Connections Eatery & Café held a soft opening in EPCOT! These aren’t the only changes happening right now, though.

Mickey Mouse Character Sighting at Town Square Theater

There are still several projects going on in Disney World. Some of these projects can mean that certain attractions, rides, or hotel amenities are unavailable for a while as Disney updates them. So that you’re prepared for your upcoming trip, let’s take a look at everything that’ll be CLOSED from April 25th through May 1st in Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Refurbishments

Walt Disney World Railroad

This fan-favorite attraction has been closed for a LONG time now, and unfortunately, it’s not showing any signs of opening soon. The Walt Disney Railroad closed due to some refurbishments on the ride and construction happening in Tomorrowland on the upcoming TRON: Lightcycle Run attraction. This construction interrupted the tracks, so the train can’t pass through.

We miss the train!

We have seen some testing of the Railroad, but some tracks have been removed near the Fantasyland Station, so we’re not expecting the ride to open anytime soon. Disney hasn’t shared an opening date or timeline for the Railroad’s return.

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EPCOT Refurbishments


In the Morocco pavilion of World Showcase, the Souk-Al-Magreb gift shop has been closed for a while. This shop is actually scheduled to open on April 24th (that’s today!) so we’ll check during our next visit to see if it’s available now.

Souk-Al-Magreb is closed

Disney hasn’t officially announced that this shop will reopen — Souk-Al-Magreb just disappears from the refurbishments calendar on the 24th. So we’re not totally sure that it’ll actually open its doors today. Stay tuned with AllEars to find out!

Check out EPCOT’s NEW restaurant here!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Refurbishments

Finding Nemo: The Musical

Finding Nemo: The Musical is closed in Animal Kingdom, but we now know that this show will reopen this summer! When it does open in the next few months, it’ll actually be called Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!

The musical has been closed for a while!

The updated show will be based on Finding Dory instead of Finding Nemo, although it will still feature some fan-favorite songs from the original musical.

Check out a SNEAK PEEK at the updates coming to the reimagined show here!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Refurbishments


Fantasmic! is a nighttime spectacular that hasn’t reopened in Disney World since the 2020 closures. This show will return sometime this year, but we don’t have a specific opening date for it yet.

We miss ya, Mickey!

Like the Finding Nemo musical, Fantasmic! will be getting some updates as well. Disney has announced that new characters and stunts will be coming to the updated version when it reopens.

Learn more about how Fantasmic! will be different when it returns.

Disney World Water Park Refurbishments

Blizzard Beach

Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed right now. Disney hasn’t announced an opening date for this park.

Blizzard Beach

If you’re looking for a water park experience during your upcoming trip, though, never fear! Typhoon Lagoon (Disney World’s other water park) is still open.

Hours are CHANGING soon at Typhoon Lagoon. Learn more here.

Disney World Resort Refurbishments

Note that none of the hotels on this list are fully closed. Each of them just has some refurbishments going on in certain parts of the resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

There are 200 new DVC Resort Studios coming to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!  These rooms, which are themed after Mary Poppins Returns, will be located in the Big Pine Key building.

Studio room

You can already book a stay at the new DVC rooms (even if you aren’t a DVC member), and they should be ready for guests by late June 2022.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas ­– Kidani Village, the Samawati Springs Pool is closed for refurbishments. The construction should last through April 2022, and once again, no reopening date is listed online.

This pool is closed

That means we could see the pool reopen at the end of this week. We’ll watch for updates and let you know when it opens.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The Martinique Village Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is closed for refurbishment. Meanwhile, other pools at this hotel (including the Fuentes del Morro Pool) are available for guests to use.

Fuentes del Morro pool

The Martinique Village Pool is set to reopen in mid-April 2022, so we’re expecting it to open any day now.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The Righteous Reef Playground at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has officially reopened!

Righteous Reef Playground

Guests can now enjoy climbing and playing on this playground, which is in the Finding Nemo section of the hotel.

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And that’s everything that’s scheduled to be closed in Disney World next week! We’re always looking out for the latest news when it comes to closures, updates, and openings in Disney World, so stay tuned with AllEars to keep up with the latest information.

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3 Replies to “Watch Out for These 8 CLOSURES in Disney World”

  1. The pool at kidani village is open. We were there all last week and it was open the whole time! It was great.

  2. When is the real Tangierine Cafe going to reopen? The one that is in the food festival booth is nothing at all like the real cafe.