Festival of the Lion King and MORE Will Be CLOSED Next Week in Disney World

Are you visiting Disney World this week? If so, you’ve probably already made your park pass and dining reservations, planned out your travel, and thought about which rides you want to visit. So what’s left now?

Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom

Before you hit the parks, make sure you know what’s NOT going to be available during your trip. There are 11 closures happening this week (July 3rd through the 9th) in the Disney World parks and hotels — check them all out here!

Magic Kingdom Closures

Walt Disney World Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad is continuing its long closure throughout this week. It still doesn’t have a reopening date yet.

We miss the train!

Although we’ve seen some testing going on in the park, we’re assuming that the Railroad won’t reopen until construction is finished on the TRON: Lightcycle Run roller coaster. The construction interrupted the railroad’s tracks near Tomorrowland, so the train can’t pass by.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

This attraction is still closed in Magic Kingdom, and there’s no word yet on when it could reopen.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

For now, it’s scheduled to be closed through all of this week.

Pete’s Silly Sideshow

This character meet-and-greet location has been closed for a while now, and it’s scheduled to remain closed through this week. However, Disney has said that it will open sometime “in the coming months.”

Pete’s Silly Sideshow

When Pete’s Silly Sideshow is available again, guests will be able to meet Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy inside.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is where kids can go to be transformed into princesses and princes. It’ll be closed for all of this week, but its reopening date isn’t too far away!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Disney recently announced that the Magic Kingdom location will reopen on August 25th. The Disney Springs and Grand Floridian Resort locations don’t have reopening dates yet.

Harmony Barber Shop

And finally, the Harmony Barber Shop is also going to be closed for this week. It’s scheduled to reopen on July 31st.

Harmony Barber Shop

When it’s open again, guests can head inside to get a haircut! Reservations are available now.

Check out a CHANGE to the Magic Kingdom fireworks schedule.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closures


The popular show Fantasmic! is going to be closed for all of this week. Its long closure still doesn’t have an end date.


When Fantasmic! does reopen, it’ll have a few updates and changes, including new characters and stunts.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Voyage of the Little Mermaid has been closed for a long time in Hollywood Studios, and it’ll remain closed throughout this week.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney hasn’t given any updates about the attraction’s potential reopening, but we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Character Meet-and-Greets at Star Wars Launch Bay

Although Star Wars Launch Bay is open for guests to go inside, the character meet-and-greets are not currently happening.

Star Wars: Launch Bay

Starting on July 17th, Darth Vader, BB-8, and Chewbacca will be returning to this spot to meet guests. The experiences will be available on Genie+ for guests who purchase that add-on.

Eat here, not there in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Closures

Celebration of Festival of the Lion King

Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is closing this week on July 5th (the last performances will be July 4th). When the show reopens on July 16th, it’ll be called Festival of the Lion King (like it was before the 2020 closures).

Festival of the Lion King

During the closure, performers will be practicing 2 scenes that are going to be re-added to the show: the tumble monkeys and the aerial acrobatic birds!

Learn more about the changes coming to this show.

EPCOT Closures

Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360

This film attraction is already closed, and we’re expecting it to remain closed through November 19th. That’s because this spot is going to be used for the Appleseed Orchard booth for EPCOT’s 2022 Food & Wine Festival. The festival runs through November 19th.

Canada Far & Wide

We’ve already got a lot of information about this year’s festival, including all the menus and a complete line-up of the Eat to the Beat concert series.

Click here to learn more about the Food & Wine Festival.

Disney Water Park Refurbishments

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Blizzard Beach Water Park is currently closed, and we’re not expecting it to reopen this week. Disney hasn’t given an end date for the closure.

Blizzard Beach

In the meantime, you can head to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for a similar experience!

Learn more about Typhoon Lagoon here.

This week is projected to be a busy one in Disney World, with many guests heading to the parks for the long holiday weekend. If you want to avoid the long ride wait times, make sure to get to the parks as early as possible and visit your favorite rides first!

Get here early!

You can also consider purchasing Genie+, which allows you to skip the standby line at certain attractions. This perk costs $15 per person, per day, and you’ll use the My Disney Experience app to make Lightning Lane reservations at those attractions. Check out our full guide to Genie+ here.

Stay tuned with AllEars for more of the latest news from Disney World!

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