All Events, Closures and Refurbishments at Walt Disney World during July and December of 2016 and 2023

July 2016

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 - 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
6/2015 - Aug. 30BoardWalk : Disney ResortsVillas Renovation
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.
Early 2016 - Sep. 30Dolphin : Disney ResortsWDW Dolphin Hotel The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will begin in 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
2014 - Through early 2016Polynesian : Disney ResortsGeneral Construction Around Resort Certain buildings or pathways may be unavailable at certain times. Construction will be taking place throughout the resort.
UnknownThe West Side : Disney SpringsDisneyQuest DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney will close sometime in 2016 to make way for the previously announced new NBA Experience, which will include a restaurant and a store.
10/26/15 - July 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsHidden Springs Pool Area The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit will be unavailable starting October 26, 2015.
Jan. 03 - Through 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsCub's Den Children's Activity Center
Early 2015 - Feb. 03The West Side : Disney SpringsPlanet Hollywood Planet Hollywood will be transformed into a four-story stargazing observatory to "match the design aesthetic of Disney Springs." The interior will feature spherical, planet-shaped lighting fixtures and will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers, while retaining the old movie memorabilia. There will be a new outdoor terrace and an outdoor bar space called Stargazers that will feature live entertainment. The main dining room will include a DJ. Planet Hollywood's renovations will be completed in 2016.
Jan. 19 - Nov. 18Muppets Courtyard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosPizza Planet PizzeRizzo, themed after the Muppets character Rizzo the Rat, will open this fall in Muppets Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios, in the former Toy Story Pizza Planet location. The casual Italian-American dining experience will feature pizza and other Italian specialties, with updated indoor and outdoor seating areas, a banquet room, and a special booth designated just for Rizzo's celebrity friends.
Jan. 22 - Aug. 17Beach Club : Disney ResortsSoft Goods Rehab - Villas Soft goods typically consist of design materials including bedding, wall, window and floor coverings and upholstery.
Feb. 01 - Aug. 03BoardWalk : Disney ResortsFlying Fish Cafe Total redo of the restaurant.
Feb. 01 - PERMANENT CLOSUREBoardWalk : Disney ResortsSeashore Sweets Closed to make way for a new experience.
2016 - Through summer 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsTrout Pass Pool Bar
Feb. 07 - OPEN SEASONALLYSunset Boulevard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosClub Disney According to the official Disney website, Club Disney in the Sunset Showcase will be closed beginning February 7. No word on when or whether it will return. The Sunset Showcase will continue to host special events, such as Club Villain, however.
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.
Now - Jun. 30Magic KingdomWalt Disney World Monorail System The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If you plan to use this form of transportation during your visit, check to be sure of the best option available, as alternative transportation options will be available.
4/2016 - Through Summer 2016Port Orleans Riverside : Disney ResortsRoutine Roof Maintenance During this time guests may see work in progress.
Apr. 02 - Sep. 24Contemporary - Bay Lake Tower : Disney ResortsSoft Goods Refurbishment Soft goods typically consist of design materials including bedding, wall, window and floor coverings and upholstery.
Apr. 04 - Early 2017The West Side : Disney SpringsFulton's Crab House Becomes Paddlefish Paddlefish is set to open Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Apr. 19 - Summer 2016Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsJamaica Village Pool
May. 31 - Jul. 01Caribbean Beach : Disney ResortsMartinique pool
Jun. 08 - Jul. 12BoardWalk : Disney ResortsBoardwalk Inn Garden Suites Accessible Room Refurbishments
7/2016 - 10/2016Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsSturdy Branches Health Club
July 3 - 4Disney's Hollywood Studios4th of July Celebration Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will start at a special time, 9:30 p.m., both July 3 and 4, to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
July 3 - 4Magic Kingdom4th of July Celebration A 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom both July 3 and July 4 at 9 p.m. with "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky."
July 4 - Jul. 04EPCOT4th of July Celebration
Jul. 06 - Oct. 24Adventureland : Magic KingdomSwiss Family Treehouse
Jul. 11 - Nov. 22Port Orleans French Quarter : Disney ResortsSassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory During this refurbishment, the Scat Cat Lounge adjacent to the resort lobby will feature some popular dishes, like jambalaya, gumbo, po' boys, and beignets. There will also be a selection of grab 'n' go meals available for purchase. For guests wishing for more selection, bus transportation will be provided from 7 a.m. to midnight to Port Orleans Riverside. In addition, the resort will continue to offer its in-room pizza delivery service from 4 p.m. to midnight daily. The menu includes pizza, hot and cold sandwiches and pasta.
Jul. 15 - Jan. 31Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village : Disney ResortsSoft Goods Refurbishment
Jul. 16 - Jul. 19Mickey Avenue : Disney's Hollywood StudiosWalt Disney's One Man's Dream
Jul. 24 - Jul. 27Animation Courtyard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosVoyage of the Little Mermaid
Jul. 25 - Nov. 19Dinoland USA : Disney's Animal KingdomDinosaur
Jul. 25 - Jul. 28Tomorrowland : Magic KingdomCarousel of Progress
Jul. 25 - Nov. 19Dinoland USA : Disney's Animal KingdomDino Institute Shop

December 2016

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 - 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
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.
Early 2016 - Sep. 30Dolphin : Disney ResortsWDW Dolphin Hotel The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel room renovations will begin in 2016, with the entire room project currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
UnknownThe West Side : Disney SpringsDisneyQuest DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney will close sometime in 2016 to make way for the previously announced new NBA Experience, which will include a restaurant and a store.
10/26/15 - July 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsHidden Springs Pool Area The Hidden Springs leisure pool, resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit will be unavailable starting October 26, 2015.
Jan. 03 - Through 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsCub's Den Children's Activity Center
Early 2015 - Feb. 03The West Side : Disney SpringsPlanet Hollywood Planet Hollywood will be transformed into a four-story stargazing observatory to "match the design aesthetic of Disney Springs." The interior will feature spherical, planet-shaped lighting fixtures and will create a welcoming atmosphere for fans to celebrate a new generation of superstar entertainers, while retaining the old movie memorabilia. There will be a new outdoor terrace and an outdoor bar space called Stargazers that will feature live entertainment. The main dining room will include a DJ. Planet Hollywood's renovations will be completed in 2016.
2016 - Through summer 2017Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsTrout Pass Pool Bar
Feb. 07 - OPEN SEASONALLYSunset Boulevard : Disney's Hollywood StudiosClub Disney According to the official Disney website, Club Disney in the Sunset Showcase will be closed beginning February 7. No word on when or whether it will return. The Sunset Showcase will continue to host special events, such as Club Villain, however.
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.
Now - Jun. 30Magic KingdomWalt Disney World Monorail System The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If you plan to use this form of transportation during your visit, check to be sure of the best option available, as alternative transportation options will be available.
4/2016 - Through Summer 2016Port Orleans Riverside : Disney ResortsRoutine Roof Maintenance During this time guests may see work in progress.
Apr. 04 - Early 2017The West Side : Disney SpringsFulton's Crab House Becomes Paddlefish Paddlefish is set to open Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Jul. 15 - Jan. 31Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village : Disney ResortsSoft Goods Refurbishment
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.
Oct. 02 - Jul. 17Wilderness Lodge : Disney ResortsDisney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas General resort refurbishments, construction work in multiple areas. Certain pathways and the nature trail will be unavailable. It was recently announced that construction would also begin soon on new waterfront cabins and deluxe DVC accommodations. In addition to the Disney Vacation Club project, other guest areas within Disney's Wilderness Lodge are scheduled to undergo substantial enhancements and refurbishment, including new recreation and food and beverage options. More information and project details will be shared at a later date.
Oct. 10 - Dec. 13All Star Sports : Disney ResortsGrand Slam Pool
Oct. 17 - Dec. 14Grand Floridian : Disney ResortsGasparilla Island Grill Some items available at Mizners on 2nd Floor
Oct. 23 - Dec. 24Blizzard Beach : Water ParksAnnual Refurbishment
Oct. 31 - Jan. 03Pop Century : Disney ResortsComputer Pool
November 7 - Dec. 22Magic KingdomMickey'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. The 2016 dates are: November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22.
Nov. 14 - Dec. 15Disney's Hollywood StudiosStar Wars : A Galactic Spectacular On Seasonal Hiatus
Nov. 25 - Dec. 30American Adventure Pavilion : EPCOTCandlelight Processional
Nov. 28 - Dec. 01Liberty Square : Magic KingdomHaunted Mansion
Spring 2017 - Fall 2017Dolphin : Disney Resorts Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel $12M lobby transformation: will remain open throughout the renovation with minimal impact to resort guests. The project is currently scheduled to begin in spring 2017 for completion by fall 2017.
2016 - May 2017BoardWalk : Disney ResortsExterior Maintenance and Painting Most work will be done between 9am and 5pm.
Dec. 07 - Dec. 08Frontierland : Magic KingdomSplash Mountain
Dec. 12 - Feb. 03All Star Music Resort : Disney ResortsPiano Pool Guests may use the Calypso Pool near Melody Hall during this refurbishment.
Dec. 25 - Mar. 11Typhoon Lagoon : Water ParksTyphoon Lagoon Annual Refurbishment When Typhoon Lagoon reopens on March 12, it will also debut its newest attraction, Miss Adventure Falls.

July 2023

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.
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
Aug. 31 - Late 2023World Nature : EPCOTJourney of Water Journey of Water is a new attraction — the first ever inspired by Moana — coming to EPCOT in late 2023!
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.
Feb 1st - Sept 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldAnimal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village Kidani Village will be undergoing updates and renovations.
2023/02/23 - 2023/07/06EPCOT : Walt Disney World2023 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
June 2023 - Late Fall 2023Disney Resorts : Walt Disney WorldBeach Club Resort Beach Club will be undergoing updates and renovations.
2023-06-20 - 2023-08-14Disney Springs : Walt Disney World2023 Flavors of Florida
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.
2023-07-08 - 2023-11-18EPCOT : Walt Disney World2023 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival This year, the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will run from July 27th to November 18th, 2022.

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