The Signs of Progress at WDW Theme Parks
There’s never a time to visit Walt Disney World and expect every ride to be open and every theme parks to be without signs of progress. Disney does their best to stagger the disappointments, but it’s likely that you’ll be affected on your next trip.
For example, much of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is bordered by a very long plywood wall. That’s because they’re currently expanding Fantasyland to include a Beuaty and the Beast area with two new restaurants, a Little Mermaid dark ride, and a Cinderella cottage area. They’re also working on the queue for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and this is obvious by the walls around it.
The great thing is that, other than being a little ugly, this construction won’t affect your trip. Winnie the Pooh is still open (until it receives a refurbishment from October 25 – November 14), as are most of the rides and attractions in Fantasyland, with the exception of It’s A Small World and the Mad Tea Party. Small World is closed from August 1 – October 22, and the Mad Tea Party will be closed from September 26 – November 10. Both are going to see some much needed care and maintenance.
Also, guests walking down Main Street USA may have to endure the sight of a giant crane behind Cinderella’s Castle. It usually ruins photos each year while it installs the Dream Lights on the Castle for the Christmas season. This year, the crane is scheduled to work from September 13 – 23.
Over in Epcot, the new restaurant, Hacienda de San Angel, at the Mexico Pavilion will open this fall, replacing the Cantina de San Angel. The construction of it will not impact your Epcot touring.
Guests visiting the Studios right now will be a tad disappointed to find that Toy Story Mania is closed until August 28. They’ll be working on the ride system a bit, and may introduce a new game. Meanwhile, they’ve temporarily opened Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey, which is closed almost year-round. We expect it to stay open during the Toy Story closure, and then also open during the long refurbishment of Star Tours, which will take its final journey to Endor on September 7, and will not re-open until May 2011.
The only refurb taking place at Animal Kingdom right now is at Flame Tree BBQ, which is set to re-open on September 25. We’re still waiting to hear what Disney plans to do about the broken Yeti at Expedition Everest, so until then, that ride will continue to operate.
Lastly, swimmers and golfers should check our Park Hours & Refurb page often, as we update it when Disney announces refurb dates for the Water Parks and Golf Courses. Currently, Typhoon Lagoon is schedule to see its annual refurbishment from October 31 – January 8, with Blizzard Beach following immediately behind it, closing from January 9 – March 26.
Each golf course closes for about a week at a time this fall while they do some general maintenance.
Progress is great, but can sometimes be inconvenient. Be sure to watch our blog and check our website for routine updates on construction and refurbishments at Walt Disney World.