Current Walt Disney World Refurbishments and Closures

When planning a trip to Disney it is important to always check the refurbishment lists.  We have compiled a list of the current refurbishments and work being done on the resorts.  Not all the attractions have closed due to refurbishment and those that have closed due to COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of the park guests are listed separately. 

Animal Kingdom

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Kali River Rapids – January 3, 2021 to April 1, 2021

Primeval Whirl – Permanently Closed

Rivers of Light – Permanently Ended

Magic Kingdom

Stitch’s Great Escape – Permanently Closed

Liberty Square Riverboat – Until at least February 2021

Tom Sawyer Island – Until at least February 2021

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – Until at least January 31, 2021

Walt Disney World Railroad – Reopening TBD (Likely 2022)

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – Reopening TBD

Monorail – There is modified service and routes depending on park hours.  Make sure to check before using this transportation.  Alternative transportation is always available. 


Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – Permanently Ended

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – Permanently Ended

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) – Permanently Ended

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Water Parks

Blizzard Beach – Reopening March 7, 2021

Typhoon Lagoon – Reopening TBD (Likely Spring/Summer 2021)

Here is the list of shows that are temporarily closed during Walt Disney World’s phased reopening:

Magic Kingdom 

Happily Ever After

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Animal Kingdom 

Finding Nemo: The Musical

Festival of the Lion King


Epcot Forever

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple

Star Wars Launch Bay

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Fantasmic, Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular

This doesn’t include the many restaurants, shops and dining experiences that remain closed. 

There is still a phased reopening of many of the resorts going on.  Only about half of the resorts are open and because of this many of the resorts are taking advantage of these closures to do updates. 

All Star Resorts All three resorts have been going through a huge upgrade and room redesigns

All Star Movies completed reopening summer 2021

All Star Sports work yet to begin unlikely to finish before 2020

All Star Music work currently in progress reopening 2021

Art of Animation

Big blue pool January 11, 2021-april 2021

Fort Wilderness Campground

There are still walls around the beach part of the resort that led to former River Country Park.  Previously rumored to be the site of Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge DVC project.  Disney has not had crews on site for months and they have quietly removed references to the project online.

Photo Credit: Gray Houser

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

There is extensive refurbishment work at the Great Ceremonial House being done that has caused the suspension of monorail service and delayed the reopening of the hotel side of the property until summer 2021.  Refurbishments include soft goods room refurbishments that include a move to a Pacific Ocean inspired color palette as well as details, patterns and textures from Moana.  DC Villas at the Polynesian have remained open. 

Port Orleans Riverside

This resort is also doing a soft goods refurbishment to include the addition of Princess and the Frog thematic elements and other functional design changes.  The Royal Rooms were scheduled to be renovated but there are no dates yet for those renovations.  Still no reopening dates for this resort or Port Orleans French Quarters. 

Saratoga Springs

This resort has been receiving a top to bottom refurbishment of the exterior and interior.  This refurbishment is scheduled to last through the summer of 2021.

Wilderness Lodge

Top to bottom room redesigns for the hotel side of wilderness lodge are currently taking place.  There is no reopening date for hotel side but there is an estimated spring 2021 reopening. 

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