It’s always good to know what is going to be closed during your trip to Walt Disney World (so bookmark this page!). This page is a list of 2018 Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments of attractions and dining venues.
There is nothing worse than arriving for your Disney vacation and finding out that your favorite attraction is temporarily closed! Before I plan any trip to the parks, I always check the attraction closure to make sure that my Disney must dos are open. Alternatively, you could check out our list of what’s new at Disney World.
It’s important to also note that not all attractions closures are planned in advanced. Sometimes things happen and Disney closes an attraction unexpectedly.
Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments
The Hall of Presidents
January 17, 2017 – Late 2017
The Hall of Presidents is undergoing a closure in order to add an audio-animatronic of the recently elected Donald Trump to the collection of American presidents. The attraction does this for every new President elected into office.
Stitch’s Great Escape
January 3, 2017 – Unknown
Disney recently announced that this attraction is switching to operating only on a seasonal basis. This means that Stitch will only be open during Disney’s World busiest times.
August 28, 2017 – November 16, 2017 and then again on January 8, 2018 – February 1, 2018
Closes late Oct./early Nov. for holiday overlay installation then again in early January for holiday overlay removal
Cinderella’s Royal Table
February 28, 2018 – March 3, 2018
Closing for refurbishment
Liberty Square Riverboat
January 8, 2018 – June 28, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean
February 26, 2018 – March 18, 2018
This is supposedly been for the long-rumored removal of the Red Head scene. It will be changing into an auctioning of goods rather than women.
Epcot Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments
No closures scheduled at this time
Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away
October 10, 2017 – TBD
Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments
Kali River Rapids
January 2, 2018 – February 4, 2018
Disney Water Parks Closures and Refurbishments
January 7, 2018 – March 18, 2018
Annual park refurbishment.
October 22, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Annual park refurbishment.
Disney Springs Refurbishments
DisneyQuest has permanently closed to make way for the NBA Experience
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Restaurant
April 23, 2017 – Fall 2017
Caribbean Beach Resort Refurbishments
Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post will be closed.
WDW Dolphin Resort Refurbishments
WDW Dolphin Lobby
Spring 2017 – Fall 2017
The lobby will remain open with minimal impact to resort guests. The project is currently scheduled to be completed in Fall 2017
Walt Disney World Permanent Closures
Here are the Walt Disney World permanent closures. These rides and attractions are those that have been recently closed for good. Often, Disney will close the doors of rides, restaurants and shops to make way for more new, exciting attractions!
Magic Kingdom Park
- Dream Along with Mickey: Closed April 2, 2016
- Main Street Electrical Parade: Closed Oct. 9, 2016
- Wishes: Ends May 2017
- Habit Heroes inside Innoventions East: Closed Jan. 18, 2016
- The Sum of All Thrills inside Innoventions East: Closed Sept. 13, 2016
- Stormstruck inside Innoventions East: Closed Sept. 13, 2016
- Ellen’s Energy Adventure: Closed Aug. 13, 2017
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: Closed April 3, 2016
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: Closed April 3, 2016
- Studio Catering Co. (Disney’s Hollywood Studios): Closed April 3, 2016
- Mike & Sulley Meet-and-Greet: Closed April 3, 2016
- High Octane Refreshments: Closed April 3, 2016
- Prop Shop: Closed April 3, 2016
- The Writer’s Shop: Closed April 3, 2016
- Watto’s Grotto: Closed April 3, 2016
- New York News: Closed April 3, 2016
- Youse Guys Moychindise: Closed April 3, 2016
- The Great Movie Ride: Closed Aug. 13, 2017
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- DisneyQuest: Closed permanently July 3, 2017
- Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe: Closed permanently Aug. 3, 2017
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Shark Reef: Closed permanently Oct. 3, 2016
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