All Events, Closures and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World during December of 2015, 2017 and 2018

December 2015

Nov. 30 - Dec. 06Future World East : EpcotCaptain EO
Nov. 30 - CLOSINGAsia : Disney's Animal KingdomFlights of Wonder This show will close to make way for a new show featuring Russell and Dug from "UP!"
2014 - 2015Main Street USA : Magic KingdomCentral Plaza/Hub Several enhancements to the Central Plaza area between the end of Main Street and Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are under way.
Early 2015 - Memorial Day WeekendPixar Place : Disney's Hollywood StudiosToy Story Expansion The expanded Toy Story Midway Mania new 3rd track opens Memorial Day weekend, 2016.
Apr. 15 - Early 2016Polynesian : Disney ResortsOasis Pool (East Pool) Expect noise and construction, possible some pathways blocked.
May. 01 - UnknownFuture World West : EpcotInnoventions Innoventions West is closed except for the Visa Character Photo Location.
May. 01 - UnknownFuture World East : EpcotInnoventions Vision House Closure The Vision House exhibit in Innoventions East has closed permanently.
2014 - 2016The Marketplace : Disney SpringsDisney Springs Transformation The multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs will treat guests to more shopping, dining and entertainment amid open-air promenades, springs and waterfront charm. Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, from boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
2014 - May. 31The West Side : Disney SpringsDisney Springs Transformation Parking Lots - Entrance 2 - Lots A-G. Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
6/2015 - Aug. 30BoardWalk : Disney ResortsVillas Renovation
Jul. 13 - PERMANENT CLOSUREAnimation Courtyard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosMagic of Disney Animation Last day for guests to visit is July 12.
Aug. 15 - Aug. 29Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge Work is under way on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was announced during the 2015 D23 EXPO.
Aug. 17 - May. 05BoardWalk : Disney ResortsBoardwalk Inn Exterior repair and painting
Sep. 01 - Early December 2015Yacht Club : Disney ResortsConcierge Lounge
Sep. 29 - Dec. 24Port Orleans French Quarter : Disney ResortsKiddie Pool
Oct. 04 - Jan. 02Blizzard Beach : Water ParksBlizzard Beach
Oct. 15 - Dec. 21Dolphin : Disney ResortsGuest Room Renovation Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience
Oct. 26 - 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsThe Villa's at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit will be unavailable.
Oct. 26 - Dec. 18All Star Sports : Disney ResortsGrand Slam Pool Maintenance During this closure for routine maintenance, guests can use the Surfboard Bay Pool located near Stadium Hall.
November 8 - Dec. 18Magic Kingdom Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. during select nights, this annual ticketed event will bring Christmas joy to guests of all ages with festive decorations, towering Christmas trees, and wintry wonderful entertainment.
Nov. 27 - Dec. 30EpcotCandlelight Processional
Nov. 30 - Dec. 03Pop Century : Disney ResortsComputer Pool
Nov. 30 - Dec. 04Future World East : EpcotSum of All Thrills
Nov. 30 - Dec. 20Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsOld Port Royale Path of Travel Guests in some parts of Martinique and Trinidad North may experience some construction noise.
Now - Spring 2016BoardWalk : Disney ResortsVilla Renovations
Dec. 07 - Dec. 10Pop Century : Disney ResortsBowling Pin Pool
Dec. 14 - Dec. 16Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House : Disney ResortsUzima Pool and Area

December 2017

Nov. 30 - CLOSINGAsia : Disney's Animal KingdomFlights of Wonder This show will close to make way for a new show featuring Russell and Dug from "UP!"
Aug. 15 - Aug. 29Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge Work is under way on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was announced during the 2015 D23 EXPO.
Jan. 03 - Through 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsCub's Den Children's Activity Center
2/16 - TBAESPN Wide World of SportsMulti-Use Sports and Entertainment Venue ESPN Wide World of Sports has teamed up with the nation's top cheerleading organization, Varsity Spirit, to create a new state-of-the-art cheerleading and dance team competition venue, which will include a flexible design for one large competition space that can be set up for as many as four competition areas. Additional areas are being tailored for warm up and practice, along with areas for judges and officials. With the capacity to seat more than 8,000 guests, plus performance and warm-up space, the new multi-use sports and entertainment venue will also be able to host six regulation basketball courts, six regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations. There will be concessions throughout the building, and an additional box office and entry to the complex. Construction is ongoing until further notice, with intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise along Osceola Parkway/Victory Way.
8/4/16 - Late 2018Beach Club : Disney ResortsConvention Center Expansion Work During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work should be limited to between 9 a.m and 9 p.m.
8/4/16 - Late 2018Yacht Club : Disney ResortsConvention Center Expansion Work During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work should be limited to between 9 a.m and 9 p.m.
Nov. 2016 - Summer 2019Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsHard Goods Refurbishment
Aug. 2015 - JUNE 30, 2018!Toy Story Land : Disney's Hollywood StudiosToy Story Land Construction is under way for the new Toy Story Land that will open in Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018.
1/17 - 12/19/17Liberty Square : Magic KingdomHall of Presidents REOPENING DEC. 19! Along with the addition of the new president audio-animatronic, the attraction is getting a new show, and a complete theater upgrade including a new sound system, lighting and high-definition projection system.
Feb. 1, 2017 - 2019Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsBarbados and Martinique These sections of the resort have been demolished to make way for construction of the new Disney Riviera Resort.
Feb. 2017 - Mar. 19Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsSpyglass Grill This new dining location is set to open in Spring 2018. Located in Trinidad South, it will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu offers a variety of items, including hot breakfast entrees, sandwiches, salads, tacos and beverages.
Feb. 04 - Summer 2018Pop Century : Disney ResortsHard Goods Refurbishment
Feb. 16 - Jul. 09Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsGran Destino Tower New 15-story tower being added at Coronado Springs, will include a two-story lobby and 545 guest rooms. There will also be a roof-top dining location called Toledo. Reservations are now being taken for stays starting July 9, 2019 and later.
Spring 2017 - Jul. 31Old Key West : Disney ResortsOld Key West Refresh In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of facilities and offerings, Disney's Old Key West Resort will be undergoing a wholesale refurb. Work most likely to cause a noise impact will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This refurbishment is expected to be completed in 2019.
Apr. 23 - Fall 2017The Landing : Disney SpringsPortobello Country Italian Trattoria Terralina Crafted Italian is slated to open this fall on the site of the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. No official opening date has been announced yet.
May. 01 - Fall 2018Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsOld Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post A variety of dining options will be available for all meals. Centertown will serve breakfast and dinner. Grab 'n' Go options will be available in three island markets: Aruba, Jamaica, and Martinique.
May. 30 - TBAThe West Side : Disney SpringsJaleo A new restaurant coming from Chef Jose Andres.
Now - Opening Summer 2021France Pavilion : EpcotRemy's Ratatouille Adventure Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Jul. 15 - Dec. 16Riviera Resort : Disney ResortsDisney's Riviera Resort The Riviera Resort is “inspired by the grandeur of Europe, but reimagined à la Disney magic.” It will be conveniently located near Caribbean Beach Resort, and will feature Disney Skyliner transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot when it opens December 16, 2019.
Jul. 15 - Winter 2019-2020Mission: Space : EpcotSpace 220 A new International Space Station-themed restaurant will open its doors this winter and be called Space 220. The restaurant will offer an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Polynesian Village Resort : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Pop Century : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 01 - Spring 2019Old Key West : Disney ResortsRoom Refurbishment During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 - Early 2020Hollywood Boulevard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel.
Aug. 17 - 2021Future World East : EpcotGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Opening in 2021, this Guardians of Galaxy themed coaster will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system.
Aug. 17 - 2021Tomorrowland : Magic KingdomTRON Lightcycle Power Run TRON Lightcycle Power Run is coaster-style attraction, in which riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON's high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures.
Oct. 2017 - Aug. 12Disney Springs : Walt Disney WorldNBA Experience The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences and an exciting retail store that will offer something for all NBA fans worldwide. The NBA Experience opens in summer 2019.
10/22/17 - 1/7/18Blizzard Beach : Water ParksBlizzard Beach
Nov. 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018Resort Wide : Walt Disney WorldHoliday Happenings Around the World
Nov. 9 - Dec. 22Magic KingdomMickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2017 Dates: November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28 December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
Nov. 9 - Dec. 31Sunset Boulevard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosSunset Seasons Greetings Each night after dark from November 9 through December 31, billboards on Sunset Boulevard will flicker into motion and display the holiday stories of Disney, Pixar, and Muppet characters. The Hollywood Tower Hotel will also transform and bring the characters' stories to life.
11/20/17 - Spring 2018Grand Floridian : Disney ResortsBeach Pool and Beaches Pool Bar The water play area and the mug refill station will still be available during this refurbishment.
11/28/17 - 12/17Contemporary : Disney ResortsChef Mickey's During this time, the Chef Mickey's dining and character experience will relocate to the Convention Center at the Contemporary. Cast members will be on hand to assist with directions to the location at the Convention Center.
Dec. 16Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galactic Nights This gala evening will be filled with out-of-this-world entertainment celebrating the entire Star Wars saga. Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Tickets are $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members). Purchase tickets at DisneyWorld.com or call 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639).
Dec. 16The West Side : Disney SpringsStar Wars: Secrets of the Empire Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated hyper-reality experience, debuting at Disney Springs on December 16.

December 2018

Aug. 15 - Aug. 29Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge Work is under way on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was announced during the 2015 D23 EXPO.
8/4/16 - Late 2018Beach Club : Disney ResortsConvention Center Expansion Work During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work should be limited to between 9 a.m and 9 p.m.
Nov. 2016 - Summer 2019Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsHard Goods Refurbishment
Feb. 1, 2017 - 2019Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsBarbados and Martinique These sections of the resort have been demolished to make way for construction of the new Disney Riviera Resort.
Feb. 16 - Jul. 09Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsGran Destino Tower New 15-story tower being added at Coronado Springs, will include a two-story lobby and 545 guest rooms. There will also be a roof-top dining location called Toledo. Reservations are now being taken for stays starting July 9, 2019 and later.
Spring 2017 - Jul. 31Old Key West : Disney ResortsOld Key West Refresh In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of facilities and offerings, Disney's Old Key West Resort will be undergoing a wholesale refurb. Work most likely to cause a noise impact will be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This refurbishment is expected to be completed in 2019.
May. 30 - TBAThe West Side : Disney SpringsJaleo A new restaurant coming from Chef Jose Andres.
Now - Opening Summer 2021France Pavilion : EpcotRemy's Ratatouille Adventure Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Jul. 15 - Dec. 16Riviera Resort : Disney ResortsDisney's Riviera Resort The Riviera Resort is “inspired by the grandeur of Europe, but reimagined à la Disney magic.” It will be conveniently located near Caribbean Beach Resort, and will feature Disney Skyliner transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot when it opens December 16, 2019.
Jul. 15 - Winter 2019-2020Mission: Space : EpcotSpace 220 A new International Space Station-themed restaurant will open its doors this winter and be called Space 220. The restaurant will offer an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Polynesian Village Resort : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Jul. 21 - Fall 2019Pop Century : Disney ResortsDisney Skyliner Construction A new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, will give guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 01 - Spring 2019Old Key West : Disney ResortsRoom Refurbishment During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 a.m.
Aug. 13 - Early 2020Hollywood Boulevard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel.
Aug. 17 - 2021Future World East : EpcotGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Opening in 2021, this Guardians of Galaxy themed coaster will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system.
Aug. 17 - 2021Tomorrowland : Magic KingdomTRON Lightcycle Power Run TRON Lightcycle Power Run is coaster-style attraction, in which riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON's high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures.
Oct. 2017 - Aug. 12Disney Springs : Walt Disney WorldNBA Experience The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences and an exciting retail store that will offer something for all NBA fans worldwide. The NBA Experience opens in summer 2019.
Now Through - Early 2019All Star Movies : Disney ResortsRoom Refurbishment
April 2018 - Early 2019Port Orleans Riverside : Disney ResortsRoom Refurbishments
May. 12 - Jul. 05Japan Pavilion : EpcotTakumi-Tei Restaurant An all-new table service restaurant will be coming to the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase. The restaurant will be a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means “artisan” in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space. Takumi-Tei will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which currently operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan Pavilion.
June 2018 - Late 2018Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsPepper Market Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort will undergo minor refurbishment but will remain in operation during this time.
Now - TBAResort Wide : Walt Disney WorldWalt Disney World Monorail The monorail is undergoing ongoing refurbishment. As a result, normal service and/or routes may be modified. Alternative transportation options will be available during this time.
Summer - December 2018Swan : Disney ResortsLobby, Public Spaces, Coffee Bar The $3 million Swan Resort project will take place in phases, in order to remain open to guests throughout the renovation.
Mid-Aug. 2018 - Fall 2019Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House : Disney ResortsRoom Refurbishment
August 2018 - Summer 2019Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldCoffee Bar and Lobby Spaces The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is undergoing its next redesign project, a $3 million transformation of the Swan Resort’s lobby, public spaces and coffee bar.
Early Sept. - Mid-Dec. 2018Coronado Springs Resort : Disney ResortsDig Site Refurbishment The Dig Site, home to The Lost City of Cibola Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina, will be refurbished. While this work takes place, the resort's three leisure pools, dining and merchandise locations, La Vida Health Club, Salon and Spa and recreation activities, including Movies Under the Stars and Campfires with Marshmallows, will remain available.
Fall 2018 - 2020Swan : Disney ResortsThe Cove The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel's tennis courts will be the site of a new 349-room, 14-story hotel tower.
Sept. 4 - Dec. 4, 2018Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House : Disney ResortsUzima Springs Pool and Pool Bar Refurbishment During this time Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village will be available. Brief rides via shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the pool during this time.
Oct. 20 - Jul. 11Disney's Animal Kingdom : Walt Disney WorldRafiki's Planet Watch
Oct. 28 - Jan. 05Water Parks : Walt Disney WorldBlizzard Beach
Oct. 30 - Aug. 12The West Side : Disney SpringsCity Works Eatery and Pour House A restaurant and bar known for craft beers from local breweries and around the world, plans to open its eighth location in Disney Springs West Side. Opening date has been announced as August 12, 2019!
Nov. 8 - Dec. 21Magic KingdomMickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 Party Dates: -- November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 -- December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
Early Nov. - Early Jan.Resort Wide : Walt Disney WorldHoliday Celebrations
Nov. 11 - Dec. 16Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsArtist Point Restaurant When Artist Point reopens, it will offer an immersive character dining experience, with Snow White and a few of her forest-dwelling friends. As an added treat, you might even have an evil encounter with Snow White’s nemesis, the Queen.
Nov. 18 - Late 2019Resort Wide : Walt Disney World90 Years of Mickey Mouse "The World's Biggest Mouse Party" will be a celebration at Disney parks and resorts around the world, with commemorative merchandise, photo locations and more.
Nov. 18 - Dec. 30EpcotEpcot's International Festival of the Holidays Holiday Kitchens, Holiday Entertainment, special IllumiNations finale, and more
Nov. 28 - Late December 2018International Gateway : EpcotFriendShip Boat Service Guests can use the pedestrian walkway or take a bus to and from Epcot. As Disney Skyliner construction continues, temporary structures will be set up that will affect areas around International Gateway.
Dec. 03 - TBAMain Street USA : Magic KingdomWalt Disney World Railroad The Walt Disney World Railroad will cease running and will sit "in residence" at its Main Street Station while work progresses on the new Tron coaster coming to Tomorrowland in 2021. This will give guests the chance to have an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of some unique photo opportunities.