Guests who have been to Walt Disney World before know that it is in a constant stage of change and maintenance. Because of this, and because the parks are open 365 days a year, this sometimes requires that attractions and rides be closed to the public for extended periods of time.
While Disney obviously attempts to keep these closures as short as possible, they will undoubtedly affect your vacation to Disney World in some way. Even if it is an attraction or ride you would not normally be interested in, the closure may affect crowd levels, crowd travel patterns, etc.
Perhaps the most notable changes currently at Disney World is the Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. During this expansion, sections of Fantasyland will be closed as The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Beast’s Castle, Dueling Dumbos and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid are constructed along with other changes. Dueling Dumbos is already open with the remaining changes expected to be open by the end of 2012 with the exception of the Mine Train.
Other scheduled refurbishments at Disney World include:
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Scheduled to be closed Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14.
- Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom. Scheduled to be closed Wednesday, August 22 – Tuesday, October 16.
- Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom. Scheduled to be closed Saturday, August 04 – Friday, August 10.
- Test Track at Epcot. Scheduled to be closed Sunday, July 01 – Friday, November 30.
- Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Scheduled to be closed Sunday, October 28 – Saturday, January 05.
- Blizzard Beach Water Park – Scheduled to be closed Sunday, January 06 – Thursday, January 31.
As with anything Disney, this schedule is subject to change. Contact Disney for more details, but please keep in mind that these refurbishments should not significantly affect your trip. But, by keeping them in mind, you should prevent any disappointments.
Those planning a trip may want to check out the Disney Park Hours page available here at All Things Mouse.