It’s an inconvenient fact: every theme park has to occasionally close its rides, shows, and restaurants for maintenance.

Smaller regional parks that are closed each winter can do these refurbishments without affecting Guests. But for year-round theme parks such as those at Walt Disney World, virtually every closure has to be happen while the park is operating.

To minimize unpleasant surprises, Disney publishes its refurbishment schedule as far in advance as possible. They also try to schedule work for less-crowded times when they can.

Here are all of the current and future closures we know about, covering rides, restaurants, hotels, and more. We’ve also included a helpful list of attractions that are most prone to unscheduled closures, as well as some predictions of potential future closures that aren’t yet announced. Remember, every closure listed here is subject to change.

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What’s Closed at Magic Kingdom?

Here are the current and upcoming ride refurbishments (and other closures) at Magic Kingdom theme park.

Country Bear Jamboree / Country Bear Musical Jamboree (Closed January 27, 2024 through July 16, 2024)

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree closed in January 2024 for a musical overhaul. The former version, a long-beloved musical revue filled with comical audio-animatronic bears, featured a selection of classic country, western, bluegrass, and Americana songs. The new version of the show keeps the bears but will instead feature them singing Disney songs re-scored to fit into different genres of music. The new show is due to officially open on July 17, 2024 (though earlier previews are possible).

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (Closed permanently on June 24, 2024)

The low-key but nostalgic opening day Magic Kingdom attraction is now permanently closed to make way for a new Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge. The shooting gallery’s last day of operation was June 23, 2024; an opening date for the new lounge has not yet been announced.

Splash Mountain / Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Closed January 23, 2023 through June 27, 2024)

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain closed in January 2023 to make way for a new attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. While the log flume ride system itself remains mostly unchanged, the entire story line and scenery of the ride will be different. The new Tiana ride officially opens on June 28, 2024, though previews and soft openings are expected before that date.

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant (Closed August 5, 2021 to TBA)

This long-suffering seasonal quick service restaurant location has a lengthy history of closing for months and even years at a time. The current closure has been in effect since 2021, with no real sign of reopening on the horizon. Although you won’t be able to snag a quick service meal here anytime soon, you can still experience the open-air venue — thanks to its views of Cinderella Castle, it regularly hosts dessert parties during the nightly fireworks shows.

Additional Magic Kingdom Closures?

Be sure to check the Seasonal Closures and Possible Future Closures sections of this page for additional potential Magic Kingdom refurbishments.

What’s Closed at EPCOT?

Here are the current and scheduled closures at EPCOT:

Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge (Temporarily relocated June 2, 2024 – July 13, 2024)

The primary location for DVC’s Member Lounge at EPCOT (in the glass pyramids atop the Imagination Pavilion) will be temporarily closed for refurbishment for most of June 2024 and about half of July 2024. A temporary lounge space inside the Odyssey pavilion will be offered during the closure. The primary lounge is expected to reopen July 14, 2024.

Restaurant Marrakesh (Closed 2020 to TBA)

One of the most visually-stunning and culturally-authentic restaurants at EPCOT has been in the lurch since the COVID-19 Pandemic. Seeing Restaurant Marrakesh abandoned is almost painful, given that it used to be such a vibrant spot with gorgeous mosaic work and live music. The building itself sees some occasional use as lounge space during EPCOT’s various festivals and special events, but it hasn’t actually operated as a restaurant for quite some time. Even in better days, it struggled to attract diners; it was one of the few spots at EPCOT where you could consistently find walk-up availability without an advanced reservation. I have high hopes that Disney will be able to restore this place to its former glory — but it’s unclear when (or if) that will happen.

Test Track (Closed June 17, 2024 to TBA)

Concept art of a vehicle in the updated Test Track ride

Concept Art | Image © Disney

EPCOT’s high-speed thrill ride, Test Track, closed on June 17, 2024 for a major refresh. The new version of the ride is expected to use the same general ride system as before, though it appears it may have new vehicles which hint at the electric future of transportation. The updated version is also expected to include nods to old-school 1982 EPCOT Center’s World of Motion attraction, which originally occupied the spot where Test Track now stands. We do not yet know for certain when the new Test Track will open. A similar refresh in 2012 took almost 8 months to complete, which would indicate a potential reopening date of around January/February 2025. However we caution that this is purely speculation based on a prior refurbishment — it could take longer.

More EPCOT Closures to Come?

Although there’s nothing else currently scheduled, be sure to review the Possible Future Closures section further down this page for more potential upcoming refurbishments at EPCOT.

What’s Closed at Hollywood Studios?

Here are the current and upcoming ride refurbishments and other closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (Closed January 7, 2024 through July 26, 2024)

For the second year in a row, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is undergoing an extended maintenance period. No major changes to the ride theme or profile are expected; this appears to be solely for (much-needed) maintenance to try to improve the ride’s reliability. The ride is expected to reopen on July 27, 2024.

Star Wars Launch Bay Theater (Closed until TBA)

The short 10-minute behind-the-scenes film showcasing the filmmakers of the Star Wars saga is not currently being shown. There’s no estimate on when it will return.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid / The Little Mermaid – a Musical Adventure (Closed March 15, 2020 to Fall 2024)

Concept art of Ariel and Eric in a boat as part of a live show

Concept Art | Image © Disney

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid closed (along with the rest of Disney World) in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the four years since, virtually everything else has reopened but this (admittedly-dated) stage show has remained shuttered. Disney has since announced that the show will be completely updated and renamed, but will still feature Ariel, Eric, and other favorite characters from the movie. The new show is expected to open in Fall 2024, but there’s no official premiere date so far.

Additional Hollywood Studios Closures?

That’s all the work scheduled for Hollywood Studios at the moment, but there could be more in the future. See Possible Future Closures below for additional information.

What’s Closed at Animal Kingdom?

Nothing Yet, But That Will Change…

There are no current or officially scheduled closures at Animal Kingdom, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s on the horizon — quite the opposite! We expect some major enhancements at the park in the next few years, in addition to routine closures.

Be sure to check the Seasonal Closures and Possible Future Closures sections of this page for hints at some potential upcoming Animal Kingdom refurbishments.

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Resort Hotel, Pool, and Amenity Refurbishments

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Closed Until TBA)

Your little princesses and princes can still get their royal makeovers, but they’ll have to head to the Magic Kingdom location to do so. The Grand Floridian and Disney Springs locations remain closed for the time being.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins (Construction Through Mid- or Late 2024)

Artist rendering of updated exteriors for Wilderness Cabins

Artist Rendering of the new exterior design of Wilderness Cabins | Image © Disney

Disney Vacation Club is converting the existing Fort Wilderness Cabins into an updated timeshare accommodation. The initial new cabins are expected to open starting July 1, 2024, though additional construction and other work may take place for several months thereafter.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Construction Through TBA)

Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World

Refurbishment work is underway in various parts of the resort, including the main lobby. Many amenities remain available, but Guests may hear or see construction during the daytime hours and should allow for extra travel time as needed due to alternate pathways.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Construction Through Late 2024)

Major construction is currently underway at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Disney Vacation Club is building a new “Island Tower” on-site, and additional refurbishment work is being done elsewhere around the resort. Work is expected to continue through late 2024, with the new tower expected to open on December 17, 2024. The resort remains open, but guests may see and hear construction work during daytime hours.

Everything Pop! Food Court at Disney’s Pop Century Resort (Limited Operations from July 29, 2024 through end of September 2024)

Construction will be underway at the food court of Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Guests will still be able to order food and drinks, but will likely have to use the mobile order service on the MyDisneyExperience app to do so. Dining room seating may be limited, and you might need to use an alternate entrance at times.

Fantasia Pool at Disney’s All Star Movies (Closed January 2025 through April 2025)

all star movies pool

One of two major pools at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort is scheduled for extended maintenance in early 2025. The resort’s Fantasia Pool will be closed starting in January 2025 for work that’s expected to last through the month of April 2025. The resort’s other pool, the Duck Pond Pool, will remain open for use during this time.

Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian (Closed March 2020 to TBA)

Another pandemic closure that has yet to return to operation is the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This restaurant-like experience offered various morning and afternoon tea options, complete with finger sandwiches and freshly-baked scones. Disney’s website lists the location as simply “temporarily unavailable,” with no reopening date posted.

Horseback Riding at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground (Limited Availability July 13, 2024 to TBA)

Starting July 13, 2024, horseback riding will be temporarily unavailable on Mondays through Fridays due to construction. Rides may be available on Saturdays and Sundays in some cases — you’ll need to check the My Disney Experience mobile app on Friday of each week to check. We don’t yet know when horseback riding will return to its normal schedule at Fort Wilderness.

M. Mouse Mercantile at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Closed May 20, 2024 to mid/late July 2024)

This major merchandise location at the Grand Floridian will be closed for a couple of months as part of the ongoing resort-wide refurbishment project. Merchandise will remain available at other locations throughout the resort.

Room Refurbishment at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Construction September 2024 to September 2025)

The exterior of Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower, the Disney Vacation Club and Deluxe Villa building next to Disney’s iconic Contemporary Resort tower, is due for significant refurbishments in its Guest rooms. This so-called “hard goods” refurbishment affects major fixtures in the rooms such as furniture. Work is scheduled in phases from September 2024 to September 2025. The resort will remain open, but Guests are likely see and hear construction work throughout the Bay Lake Tower building. Guests are advised to allow extra travel time when walking in the area, as alternate paths may be in use.

Room Refurbishment at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter (Construction May 2024 through November 2024)

Some Guest rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter are scheduled for refurbishment throughout late spring, summer, and fall of 2024. Most resort hotel amenities will remain available, but Guests may see or hear construction work during the daytime hours.

Room Refurbishment at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (Construction January 2025 through May 2025).

Some Guest rooms will be under refurbishment from January 2025 through May 2025. Most resort amenities will remain available, but Guests may see or hear construction during daytime hours.

Stormalong Bay & Shipwreck Pool at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club (Closed January 2025 through June 2025)

Pool and rockwork as part of Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

The popular water park-style pool complex at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts is arguably the best pool at Disney World, thanks in part to its lazy river, sand-bottom beach pool area, giant shipwreck water slide, and more. This complex is so popular that they usually have Cast Members staffing the entrances to make sure no one sneaks in! But those planning a spring break 2025 trip will sadly be disappointed; the pool complex is undergoing a major refurbishment in early 2025. Exact dates are not yet available, but we expect the area to be closed for the first five or six months of the year, reopening in time for Summer’s peak season. The resorts’ three smaller pools — Admiral Pool, Dunes Cove Pool, and Tidal Pool — remain open for Guests during the closure of Stormalong Bay and Shipwreck Pool.

World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (Limited Operations in July 2024)

During the month of July 2024, construction will be underway at the food court of Disney’s All-Star Movies resort. Guests will still have some food options available at the resort, but you should expect a limited menu and being required to use the mobile order service on the MyDisneyExperience app.

Additional Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs Marketplace (Closed Until TBA)

The Disney Springs location (and the Grand Floridian location) of the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique remain closed for the time being. Fortunately, the Magic Kingdom location is open and accepting clients.

Blizzard Beach Water Park (Closed March 17, 2024 – TBA)

Disney has recently made a habit of operating only one of its water parks at a time. Typhoon Lagoon most recently reopened on March 17, 2024, and Blizzard Beach closed on the same day. The exact reopening date for Blizzard beach isn’t yet known, but it will likely be sometime around November 2024 based on prior patterns (see Seasonal Closures below).

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise (Temporarily Unavailable Until TBA)

This unique event is a sort of floating fireworks dessert party, hosted on one of the giant ferryboats that normally takes Guests between Magic Kingdom and the Transportation & Ticket Center. The cruise has been on a temporary hiatus for a few months now, likely due to the fact that one of the ferryboats has been in dry dock for routine work. Now that the Admiral Joe Fowler has returned to service, we could see a return of this fireworks cruise at any time.

Seasonal Closure Predictions

All rides and attractions undergo regular maintenance closures (usually just a few days) when needed to keep them safe and operational. But some regularly see extended seasonal closures each year.

Here are the attractions and amenities which regularly close on a somewhat predictable schedule. Even if a particular year’s closure has yet not been officially announced, you’ll want to consider these possibilities as you decide when to go to Disney World.

Disney Skyliner

Disney Skyliner over Caribbean Beach

The Skyliner aerial gondola system usually closes briefly each January for scheduled preventative maintenance. This closure may last a few days or even a few weeks, but it’s usually back up and running before February. During this closure, Guests staying at Disney’s Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Riviera Resorts will need to take a bus instead if they want to use Disney transportation to reach EPCOT or Hollywood Studios.

Disney Resort Hotel Pools

Disney regularly schedules downtimes for its resort swimming pools during the slower season and colder months. If you’re visiting from, say, January through March/April, you might find one or more of the pools at your hotel closed for maintenance. Usually at least one pool remains operational, or they might allow you to “pool hop” to a nearby resort.

Disney Water Parks

For the past few years, Disney has operated only one water park at a time. Typhoon Lagoon typically operates from Spring through Fall, while Blizzard beach operates during late Fall, Winter, and early Spring. Here’s a recent operating schedule history:

  • November 13, 2022: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
  • March 19, 2023: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
  • November 6, 2023: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
  • March 17, 2024: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.

Festival of Fantasy (Magic Kingdom)

Disney typically gives its normal daytime parade — Festival of Fantasy — a brief hiatus starting a few days before Christmas and running through New Year’s Eve. During this time, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is performed instead.

Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom)

The normal Happily Ever After fireworks show sometimes takes a back seat to special seasonal/holiday fireworks shows. You’ll still be able to see Happily Ever After, just not as often as you normally would.

  • July 3 & 4: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky is usually shown instead
  • August, September, and October (Select Nights): On the 2 to 4 nights weekly when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is scheduled, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks are shown instead (party ticket required)
  • November and December (Select Nights): On nights when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled (2-4 per week), Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks are shown instead (party ticket required)
  • Week of Christmas: Disney has been known to show the special Christmas fireworks exclusively — without Happily Ever After in the mix — from a few days before Christmas until just before New Year’s Eve
  • December 30 & 31: Fantasy in the Sky new year’s celebration fireworks are typically shown instead

Jungle Cruise / Jingle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)

Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise usually offers a seasonal overlay for the holiday season, temporarily becoming the Jingle Cruise.

  • The attraction typically closes briefly in either late October or early November to prepare for the seasonal change
  • The Jingle Cruise operates for most of November, all of December, and part of January
  • The ride briefly closes again in early January to return the ride to normal
  • The Jungle Cruise reopens shortly thereafter

Kali River Rapids (Animal Kingdom)

Kali River Rapids Ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom

It’s no surprise that this soak-’em-all river raft ride at Animal Kingdom isn’t exactly teeming with crowds during the cooler winter months. Disney typically takes advantage of the lower demand by closing this ride for maintenance each January for two or three months. It’s usually back open by April, if not earlier.

Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom)

Magic Kingdom’s genteel riverboat attraction typically goes in for a one- to two-week dry dock every year. The time of year tends to vary, so sadly it’s not very easy to pre-plan for this when making your vacation plans. The closure does tend to avoid peak seasons whenever possible. Occasionally the refurbishment extends to the Rivers of America itself, which may be drained for cleaning (offering you the unique chance to sneak a peek at the underwater track the boat secretly glides upon — shhhh!).

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom)

Historically, Splash Mountain closed briefly every January for seasonal maintenance, thanks in part to colder weather and lower demand for attractions which may soak their riders. We don’t know for certain that Splash Mountain‘s replacement, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, will follow this same pattern — but it’s probably a safe bet (though January 2025 might be close enough to the ride’s Summer 2024 grand opening that it could be skipped for the first year).

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Possible Future Closures & Refurbishments

The following are widely considered to be due for a refurbishment. Our list below is based on preliminary announcements by Disney and/or educated speculation. Nonetheless, there is no official word on when (or if) these refurbishments will actually occur.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom) — Rumored to soon close for a lengthy refurbishment, possibly as early as late 2024. While merely a rumor, it’s plausible given the potential for a “beyond Big Thunder Mountain” land which Disney has openly discussed. See What’s New article linked below for further details.
  • Dinoland, U.S.A (Animal Kingdom) — Expected to close at some point (perhaps 2025?) to make way for a new Tropical Americas land
  • DINOSAUR! (Animal Kingdom) — Expected to close (perhaps in 2025?) to make way for an Indiana Jones themed ride
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug (Animal Kingdom) — Expected to permanently close (perhaps in 2025?) to make way for a Zootopia themed show
  • Journey Into Imagination (EPCOT) — Long rumored to be (over)due for a refresh, with a few permit filings further fueling speculation
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe (Magic Kingdom) — Rumored to be potentially revamped into something a bit more “New Orleans”-y (given its proximity to the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Magic Kingdom) — Permit filings indicate some potential changes could be coming to the ride in the future. No ETA or length of refurbishment is known.
  • Reflections of China (EPCOT) — Replacement with new Wondrous China film announced, but no further details or ETA released
  • Spaceship Earth (EPCOT) — Major refurbishment announced but postponed indefinitely
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (Magic Kingdom) — Could the gas-powered cars eventually be replaced with alternative fuel vehicles? Disneyland (California) is doing so by late 2026.

For more info on future theme park enhancements, check out our What’s New at Disney World article. That page also includes a sneak peak at even more future rides coming to Disney World!

Weather-Related Closure Risks

Thanks to Florida’s notoriously unpredictable weather, many Disney rides and attractions regularly experience temporary downtime that may last from a few minutes to several hours at a time.

Magic Kingdom is typically the hardest-hit park for weather-related closures thanks to its large number of outdoor rides. EPCOT is probably the best park to visit on a rainy day, as virtually every ride, attraction, restaurant, and shop is within the park’s enclosed pavilion buildings.

Guests in ponchos queue up to enter EPCOT in the rain

Lightning is usually the primary reason for closures, though rain, wind, or cold temperatures can also contribute in some cases. Here are some of the rides and attractions which are the most prone to temporary weather-related closures:

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade (Mini-Parade)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Festival of Fantasy (Parade)
  • Happily Ever After (Fireworks)
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire (Show)
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney World Railroad

EPCOT

  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
  • Luminous – The Symphony of Us (Fireworks)
  • Test Track

Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (Show)
  • Fantasmic! (Show)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! (Show)
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Animal Kingdom

  • Expedition Everest
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (closes for lightning but not necessarily for rain)
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wildlife Express Train

Elsewhere

  • Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight (Disney Springs)
  • Disney Monorail
  • Disney Skyliner
  • Disney Watercraft Transportation (Ferryboats, Friendships, Resort Launches, Water Taxis, etc)
  • Disney Water Parks (Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon)
  • Golf Courses
  • Miniature Golf Courses
  • Resort Hotel Pools

But don’t fret if stormy weather is in the forecast for your vacation — there are still plenty of indoor rides to escape the rain. Of course, if there’s an actual hurricane or tropical storm, the entire theme park could shut down for a day or two.

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What Rides Will Be Closed During my Disney World Trip?

Attraction closures are always subject to change. Our list on this page shows all of the scheduled ride closures we’re currently aware of, along with a few that we think might be coming. For a more focused list of closures (and other considerations) during your trip, you can visit our monthly overview pages:

Final Thoughts on Disney World Ride Closures

It can certainly be disappointing to discover a ride you’ve been looking forward to is closed during your visit. While refurbishments and closures can always pop up unexpectedly, Disney does try to announce them as far as possible in advance.

We hope our list here helps you know what to expect during your visit. Although Refurbishments can put a damper on your vacation, it’s comforting to know that Disney puts the necessary emphasis on safety and show quality.

Here’s hoping you find the refurbishment calendar blissfully empty during your trip!