All Events, Closures and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World during December of 2015, 2021 and 2023

December 2015

Jan. 01 - Sept 30th 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldStar Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Disney announced that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be closing permanently. The final voyage for the Star Wars Hotel will be September 28th-30th, 2023.
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!"
2021/11/18 - 2021/12/31EPCOT : Walt Disney World2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
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 Plaza : 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 2021

Jan. 01 - Sept 30th 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldStar Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Disney announced that the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be closing permanently. The final voyage for the Star Wars Hotel will be September 28th-30th, 2023.
2021/11/18 - 2021/12/31EPCOT : Walt Disney World2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Under Construction - May 27thFuture World East : EPCOTGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind The Guardians of Galaxy themed coaster will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system. Disney has shared that the ride will open in Summer 2022.
Under Construction - TBDTomorrowland : Magic KingdomTRON: Lightcycle Run TRON Lightcycle 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.
Dec 2018 - December 23, 2022Main 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. This will give guests the chance to have an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of some unique photo opportunities.
Under Construction - Mar 1, 2022Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser : Disney ResortsStar Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, more simply known to some as the Star Wars hotel, is a two-night, fully-immersive “cruise” adventure located adjacent to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is the most highly-themed Resort that Disney has ever built, and it promises to transport guests into the world of Star Wars for an experience like no other. The hotel's GRAND OPENING is set for March 1st, 2022.
Mar 2020 - Jun. 13Disney's Animal Kingdom : Walt Disney WorldFinding Nemo: The Musical Disney has announced that Finding Nemo: The Musical has permanently closed as we know it to be reimagined with a new storyline based on the same classic characters. The new show will be named Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! and is set to open sometime in summer 2022.
March 2020 - Nov. 3rdDisney's Hollywood Studios : Walt Disney WorldFantasmic! After a long closure, Fantasmic will reopen in Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 3rd.
2020 - CLOSEDPolynesian : Disney ResortsSpirit Of Aloha Disney has confirmed that Spirit of Aloha will not be returning after its closure at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mar 2020 - Mar. 31, 2022All Star Sports : Disney ResortsDisney's All-Star Sports Resort Reopening All-Star Sports Resort will reopen on March 31st, 2022. Guests can begin booking their stays at the hotel on December 22nd, 2021.
Aug. 29 - Late 2023EPCOT : Walt Disney WorldCommuniCore Plaza CommuniCore Plaza will provide an outdoor space where guests can come to relax and experience all that the Festivals have to offer
Aug. 31 - Late 2023World Celebration : EPCOTCommuniCore Hall CommuniCore Hall will be housed within the CommuniCore Plaza, and will be the first fully-purpose built structure in FestiTal programing! there will also be a new location in EPCOT called “Mickey and Friends” where you can meet some of your favorite Disney characters!
Under Construction - TBDEPCOT : Walt Disney WorldPLAY! Pavilion Part of the EPCOT Transformation, the PLAY! Pavilion will be an interactive metropolis and you will find a city filled with games, activities, and experiences that connect you with friends, family, and beloved Disney characters like never before.
Jun. 05 - Late 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldBoardWalk Inn Addition of the new Cake Bake Shop. The Inn itself is undergoing a transformation, as well. “Light and airy touches” will (as Disney says) “reinvigorate” the hotel’s lobby, lounge, and guest rooms.
Oct 1, 2021 - Apr 1, 2023Disney's Hollywood Studios : Walt Disney WorldWalt Disney World 50th Anniversary Across all 4 parks
Nov. 1 - Dec. 16Disney's Animal Kingdom : Walt Disney WorldKali River Rapids Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment beginning November 1st through mid-December 2021.
Nov. 08 - Dec. 21Magic Kingdom : Walt Disney WorldDisney Very Merriest After Hours On select nights only
Nov. 2021 - Apr. 23rdEPCOT : Walt Disney WorldSouk-al-Magreb The Souk-al-Magreb store will be closed in EPCOT's Morocco Pavilion through February 5th, 2022.
Nov. 26 - Dec. 30EPCOT : Walt Disney WorldEPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

December 2023

Aug. 29 - Late 2023EPCOT : Walt Disney WorldCommuniCore Plaza CommuniCore Plaza will provide an outdoor space where guests can come to relax and experience all that the Festivals have to offer
Aug. 31 - Late 2023World Celebration : EPCOTCommuniCore Hall CommuniCore Hall will be housed within the CommuniCore Plaza, and will be the first fully-purpose built structure in FestiTal programing! there will also be a new location in EPCOT called “Mickey and Friends” where you can meet some of your favorite Disney characters!
Jun. 05 - Late 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldBoardWalk Inn Addition of the new Cake Bake Shop. The Inn itself is undergoing a transformation, as well. “Light and airy touches” will (as Disney says) “reinvigorate” the hotel’s lobby, lounge, and guest rooms.
Mar. 1 - TBADisney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldDisney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort continues its renovation to spruce up and update this flagship resort for it's 30th anniversary.
Mar 1 - Late 2024Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldDisney’s Polynesian Village Resort While the Resort remains open to guests, areas are currently being renovated to include new Disney Vacation Club Villas, restaurants, and even new recreation offerings! The Disney Vacation Club Villas are expected to open in late 2024.
Aug. 01 - Late 2023Disney Springs : Walt Disney WorldSummer House on the Lake New restaurant coming soon to Disney Springs
January 24th - Summer 2024Frontierland : Magic KingdomSplash Mountain Splash Mountain will close on January 24th, 2023 to reopen as the new Tiana's Bayou Adventure in summer 2024.
June 2023 - Late Fall 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldBeach Club Resort Beach Club will be undergoing updates and renovations.
July 15th, 2023 - July 1st, 2024Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground 350 Cabins at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds will be completely renovated and adopted into the Disney Vacation Club offerings.
Early November - Jan 14thDisney's Hollywood Studios : Walt Disney WorldSunset Seasons Greetings, and Jingle Bell Jingle BAM! Disney's Hollywood Studios transforms into a winter wonderland with special food and drink offerings around the park, decorations, and projections, fireworks, lasers, and snow on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards
Nov 8th, 2023 - Jan 24th, 2024Disney's Hollywood Studios : Walt Disney WorldHoliday Dine at Hollywood and Vine See Minnie and her friends at delightful dining parties at Hollywood and Vine throughout the year. You’re invited! The mouse-with-the-mostest hosts sensational soirees that mix festive music, décor and tantalizing menu items. Celebrate with popular Disney Characters—perfectly dressed for each season.
Nov. 09 - Dec. 22Magic Kingdom : Walt Disney World2023 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is returning in 2023 on select nights from November 9th to December 22nd. Here’s the full list of dates: November: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30 December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
Nov. 11 - Dec. 20Disney's Hollywood Studios : Walt Disney World2023 Jollywood Nights Brand new holiday event debuts in Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2023. Jollywood Nights takes place on: November 11th, 18th, 20th, 27th, and 29th. December 4th, 6th, 16th, 18th, and 20th.
November 24th, 2023 - December 30th, 2023EPCOT : Walt Disney World2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 24th, 2022 through December 30th.
2023/11/24 - 2023/12/31EPCOT : Walt Disney World2023 Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays