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2022 Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

2022 Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

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 the 2022 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 closures to make sure that my Disney must-dos are open. Alternatively, you could check out our list of what’s new in 2021 at Disney World.

So what is an attraction refurbishment at Disney World? Disney will periodically close down an attraction to perform routine maintenance or to add upgrades and updates. Recently we have seen a lot of queues, like Peter Pan at the Magic Kingdom get a brand new interactive queue.

It’s important to also note that not all attraction closures are planned in advance. Sometimes things happen and Disney closes an attraction unexpectedly.

Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Refurbishments

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle – Return date Unknown
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Reopening TBD This is currently closed due to the construction of the Tron Lightcycle attraction being built.
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run – Opening Date TBD suspect 2023

Closures

  • Stitch’s Great Escape Permanently Closed 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 World’s busiest times.
  • Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Permanently Closed January of 2021 we saw this interactive game close for good. It was fun technology when it opened but it just didn’t hold up over the years.
  • The Pirates League on Permanently Closed March 15, 2020

Temporary Closures Due to COVID

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Attraction)
  • Ariel at Her Grotto
  • Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Side Show 

Epcot Walt Disney World

New Attractions

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind all-new attraction opening on May 27, 2022
  • Play! Pavilion – Coming in the Future
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – Coming in the Future

Refurbishments

  • N/A

Closures

  • Electric Umbrella CLOSED PERMANENTLY November 23, 2019
  • The Circle of Life CLOSED PERMANENTLY on February 4, 2018
  • Illuminations September 30th – The show was replaced with Harmonious.

Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World

New Attractions

  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Opening 2022

Refurbishments

  • None

Closures

  • PizzeRizzo – seasonal on October 20, 2018.

Temporary Closures Due to COVID

  • Fantasmic! Returns Summer 2022
  • Jedi Training
  • BB-8 Astromech on Duty
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
  • Encounter Darth Vader
  • Meet Chewbacca
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Refurbishments

  • Expedition Everest – Refurbishment January 4, 2022 through April 16th 2022
  • Finding Nemo: the Musical – Returning in Spring 2022 with a newly reimagined show

Closures

  • Primeval Whirl
  • Rivers of Light

Temporary Closures Due to COVID

  • Harambe Village Acrobats
  • Pandora Drummers – Swotu Wayä
  • Boneyard
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical 
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost

Disney Water Parks Closures and Refurbishments

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Reopened on January 2, 2022

Blizzard Beach

  • January 2, 2022  for annual park refurbishment. Even though no reopening date has been set, we expect that Blizzard Beach will reopen in March 2022.

Disney Springs Refurbishments

  • None

Disney Resort Refurbishments

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

There are still walls up around the beach at Fort Wilderness and leading towards the former River Country water park site. This was for the next DVC project, Reflections. It is unclear with recent changes if this resort will still move forward.


Now that you have read what is going to be closed at Disney, make sure you put together a list of all your new must-dos for your next trip. You can organize it all in our FREE Disney vacation planner! Next, come back for news, trip planning, and great insights into building your perfect trip! Also, you should be sure to read our list of permanently closed attractions at Disney World.

If you want some more information on planning your 2020 trip to Disney World, we have a couple of book recommendations. Be sure to give a look at both The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and The Easy Guide to your WDW Trip. Plus keep checking back, as we are constantly updating this list as Disney World makes announcements on new opening dates and refurbishments! 

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Casey

Monday 11th of December 2017

Totally bummed that Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed during our stay 😣 That is definitely one of our favorites.

Kira Bloomer

Thursday 9th of November 2017

I have a question about one of the closures. The Mike and Sulley meet and greet, does it have a new temp location somewhere? Or can we meet them somewhere. We are going Jan 26 - Feb 4

Patty Staricha

Friday 10th of November 2017

Unfortunately, Mike and Sulley aren't making any appearances at Disney World right now. If you are big fans of Monsters Inc. I recommend stopping Monsters Inc laugh floor over at the Magic Kingdom.

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