All attractions need to close occasionally at Walt Disney World for renovations, including routine maintenance, security updates and upgrades.
We'll keep this post always up to date with the latest news so they have the best information possible.
While no one wants to close attractions during your visit, they are a necessary part of keeping Walt Disney World in exceptional condition and looking good for your future visits.
There are usually only a few attractions closed simultaneously in each park, as well as new attractions being built.
Please note that the list below includes several renovations that were scheduled last minute, extended, or longer than usual.
All of these attractions are now officially on the Walt Disney World 2020 makeover calendar. The mentioned attractions will decrease at the beginning of the year, while & #8220; Railroad & #8221; will probably be closed for most of the year 2020.
Meanwhile, the Primeval Whirl It is no longer officially closed…
Instead, Primeval Whirl now has officially & #8220; seasonal status & #8221 ;. Although its long-term destination is unknown, Primeval Whirl has reopened in the busy weeks of Christmas and New Year.
If you are a & #8220;Whirler& #8221; hardcore (as Primeval Whirl fans probably call themselves), we recommend that you take a walk as soon as possible before these dinosaurs go extinct again.
It is unclear what the long-term plans are, whether Primeval Whirl will be reopened at any time in 2020, maintain seasonal status or be completely replaced.
There have been rumors of Dinoland's fate for over a year, and we suspect that the Primeval Whirl play a key role in this.
Historically, seasonal status has been the kiss of death for Walt Disney World attractions.
Also be aware that the listing of the Epcot is misleading & #8211; Aside from the momentarily closed attractions, there are many others that are already officially closed for the works planned for 2021.
Walls already exist around much of Future World, with more closures occurring in January 2020.
In addition to scheduled attraction renovations, unscheduled downtime can also occur during a visit.
This usually only occurs for a few hours, so if you find an attraction closed during the holidays and not listed below, a temporary closure is likely to last (at most) for a few hours. Check with nearby cast members to confirm.
Below is a Walt Disney World renovation schedule, when the closure begins and when the renovation will be completed.
The next day will be when the attraction is scheduled to reopen.
Calendar of Walt Disney World Reform Attractions 2020
Animal Kingdom 2020 Makeovers
- Primeval Whirl & #8211; Seasonal Open
Magic Kingdom 2020 makeovers
- Big thunder mountain & #8211; May 4-21, 2020
- Stitch Greatest Scape & #8211; permanently closed
- Splash mountain & #8211; January 6, 2020 to February 27, 2020
- Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse & #8211; April 27 to May 4, 2020
- Walt Disney World Railroad & #8211; Reopening to be defined (likely fall 2020)
Epcot 2020 reforms
- IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth & #8211; Permanently Terminated
- Impressions from France & #8211; reopens in January 2020
- The Canada & #8211; reopens in January 2020
- Test track & #8211; January 13, 2020 to February 26, 2020
Hollywood Studios 2020 makeovers
- None scheduled
Water Park Renovations
- Blizzard beach & #8211; reopens on January 12, 2020
- Typhoon Lagoon & #8211; January 13, 2020 to March 28, 2020
The closures of the above attractions are quite straightforward. To the extent specific dates are not yet listed, they will be updated as soon as Walt Disney World provides accurate start and / or end dates.
Disney Hotel Makeovers
If you are concerned that a hotel renovation may affect your stay, follow a general rule: Room renovations rarely affect hotel stays.
This occurs in & #8220;clusters& #8221; specific and you will rarely notice the work being done.
Now here is a little bit of our reform ideas, with the specific example of the recent reform of the DINOSAUR used to illustrate…
What we think about Walt Disney World Reforms in 2020
When news leaked this week that the DINOSAUR reform was being extended, my immediate reaction was: & #8220; that's great & #8211; means they are really doing something with the attraction! & #8221;
My mind raced at the possibilities of how I could live up to the Indiana Jones Adventure lineage and the "dinosaur brand."
Even if that meant we would miss our next visit to Walt Disney World, I was thrilled.
Reading other people's feedback, I found that I was a minority.
Some people were furious about this, and how it would alter or impact their vacation plans.
The saying & quot; #8220; vacation in ruins & #8221; achieved quasi-meme status among some fans, and that seemed appropriate for some of the complaints.
The problem is that in this situation I can understand the perspective. Assessing the scope of reform in advance, scheduling liberal retirement dates, and opening early (with little promise and overdelivery) is always preferable to the alternative.
I can also understand that there is another pent-up frustration at play here, ranging from the silence of the Rivers of Light radio to Walt Disney World's delay in releasing park hours and waiting for guests to plan 6 months in advance.
None of these Disney moves, among others, is defensible. At best, such communication is inappropriate service for guests.
At worst, it is a demonstration of a despicable attitude toward guests.
However, I still think that this reform extension & #8211; and other current reforms & #8211; It's potentially a good thing.
Among the vocal fans concerned about extension are those who are like me: guests who visit Walt Disney World at least every two years.
We care more about the long run. We can remember the days of the infamous wand over the Spaceship Earth and we are also looking forward to the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.
From my point of view, investing in the quality of a long-term attraction is far more important than the temporary satisfaction I will have to enjoy on my next visit.
I am excited to think of how & #8220; Dinosaur & #8221; could be a problem, improving the experience in the coming years. (May return with pterodactyl moving & #8230;)
That's why it always puzzles me when people go and claim that their vacation will be ruined because their favorite attraction will be closed.
If it's your favorite attraction and you're part of the Disney fan community, it means you've been to Walt Disney World before and will probably be visiting again.
It would therefore be logical that you would like something you love to be improved even more!
DINOSAUR works as a good example here. I've seen several guests say this is their favorite attraction in the days when the renovation was expanded.
Now, I suppose quite a few of these people are lying because of some Internet-style outrage (or at least I hope so… and I say this as someone whose political platform could be briefly described as & #8220; Laserdinosaurican & #8221;), but they probably do exist. At least some people who rightfully consider Dinsaur their favorite.
These people should know that DINOSAUR used to be called the countdown to extinction (& #8220; CTX & #8221;) before including an inadvisable film.
During this time, DINOSAUR had a number of additional effects, many of its AAs had greater functionality and the overall appeal was more impressive.
If you are a longtime fan, would you rather try DINOSAUR every year with 66% of live effects or every year and a half with 95% of live effects?
For me the answer is easy. I will have a superior long term experience every time.
In addition, there is a much more compelling justification for regular reforms: they are essential for the safety of attractions. While we can think of these attractions as fun and games that offer a safe sense of joy, that's when they are properly maintained.
It's unpleasant to think, but there have been several preventable deaths in the history of Disney parks. During a dark era of Disneyland history, improper maintenance was the cause of death on Big Thunder Mountain (fortunately, Paul Pressler's reign of terror is over). Years of neglect at Disneyland Paris have led to incidents of injury that could be attributed to lack of maintenance (again, this has been resolved).
This is not to scare anyone or provoke an emotional reaction; The fact is that Disney's world safety record is excellent compared to other park operators.
It's still important to remember that these fun and magical places & #8220; They also exist in the real world and use many potentially dangerous elements if safety is not seen as essential. (Or, in the case of Disney, one of four keys.)
When it comes to maintenance that is not essential to the safe operation of an attraction, the amount of display quality that must be accepted remains to be considered.
The show is another prime consideration, and should always be 100%. It's good corporate advertising, but I think the practical reality is that 100% is an impractically high threshold in many circumstances.
I think we saw it happen with the Everest Expedition. Fans joke about the & #8220; Yeti Disk & #8221; and regret the fact that this jaw-dropping Audio Animatronics figure hasn't worked for nearly a decade.
There are numerous theories as to why the Yeti has not been corrected; What each shares is that there are large-scale problems and no quick fix.
Assuming, for the sake of argument, that this is true, a long overhaul would be required to fix the Yeti.
Publicly, Joe Rohde already promised to make Yeti work. (And I believe he means he'll heal Yeti himself by rappelling and performing surgery on him with old Tibetan instruments #JoeRohdeFacts.) This tells me that Walt Disney World has not just forgotten Yeti.
My bet would be for Expedition Everest to close for an extensive makeover of more than 6 months, after Pandora's initial opening buzz: World of Avatar has disappeared (yes, avatar still has a massive demand to date).
This would be the first major overhaul of the Everest Expedition since its opening. I suspect Imagineering is aware of what is needed to fix the Yeti, but Disney has been reluctant to pull the trigger on an extensive overhaul. in a park with so few attractions.
In my opinion, this is a good example of how to balance guests' interests with the quality of the show.
The Yeti in action is truly a magnificent sight to behold (and many of you have probably never seen it in A mode unless you walked before 2007), but the attraction is still impressive even with the Yeti Disco & #8221.
In addition, Animal Kingdom does not have a cast of attractions strong enough to withstand the weight, as it were, of an extended Expedition Everest closure. (I suppose you can discuss the same about Dinosaur…)
As a staunch supporter of the quality of the show, I have difficulty accepting the same argument for any attraction in the Magic kingdom, a park with a true “mountain range” and several other attractions.
In fact, the same goes for all castle parks. These parks have enough attractions to make up for the slack if one or two attractions have to go offline simultaneously without ruining the vacation.
Guests are understandably concerned when it seems that too many attractions are closing during the holidays.
Walt Disney World vacations are not cheap and are often unique experiences in life. Beginners certainly do not want to miss out on experiences they have read extensive hype about.
However, the problem with an attitude of & #8220; not during the holidays & #8221; like this is that it will always be someone's vacation (or tens of thousands of people).
If the show's poor quality attractions don't close for renovations for fear of some guests during a limited time window, all perpetuating guests will have a lesser experience.
Managing an attraction with broken effects will only aggravate problems and eventually a single broken effect will turn into numerous broken effects.
Imagine this scenario throughout the park, represented by its natural consequences. This is not exactly what I would call & #8220; Disney Difference & #8221 ;. This is the kind of situation we encounter now with Dinosaur…
Again, DINOSAUR is a good example here.
If this is your first visit and you try DINOSAUR with 66% of working effects, you won't know what you are missing.
Riding it will undoubtedly be superior to not mounting it. However, I think your attraction satisfaction rating would not be so high and you might ask why so many people love the attraction and why Disney was lazy with so much empty and dark space. (Or maybe you don't like it: If you only eat dog food, you won't know what you're missing out on for a good steak.)
The problem is that if Disney doesn't close DINOSAUR during your vacation so you don't miss out, chances are they'll extend the same courtesy & #8221; for other guests, and it would be a standard operating procedure to never close anything during someone's vacation.
The end result would be a park full of attractions & #8220; 66% & #8221; and newbies would wonder why there was so much hype at Walt Disney World in the first place.
If you're reading this as a lifelong fan, well… maybe you wouldn't become a lifelong fan if this were really Disney's modus operandi. (In fact, I would argue that Walt Disney World is trending in this direction, shuffling its feet on a number of necessary renovations, with inaction being based on short-term guest satisfaction or cost savings.)
Much of this may seem like an effort to blame Disney when it comes to renovations, but that's not the case.
Disney has brought a lot of concern about reforms about itself.
The first issue is that Disney has numerous parks that have been opened in the last two decades with several incomplete attractions, making it difficult to justify taking attractions offline for renovation.
So the first step, a totally impractical step right now, would be to open complete theme parks on day one.
Otherwise, Disney could avoid much of the guests' reaction to renovations by scheduling more 3-4-day attractions renovations to proactively address preventive maintenance issues.
While this does not totally deny the need for extended renovations, it would improve the quality of the overall shows and help avoid many situations where attractions need to close abruptly because they urgently need maintenance. In addition, a 3-4 day makeover is shorter than the length of most vacations, allowing tourists to effectively plan the makeover.
In such a case, both parties planning ahead would prevent these claims of a “ruined vacation!” And #8221. Don't worry, Disney, we fans are resilient: we will find something else to complain about yet kkkkkkkkk & #8230;
Joking aside, I realize it's a hard line to draw between an excusable makeover and a frustratingly annoying one.
Even if you enroll in some degree of philosophy & #8221; I am advancing, there is no clear rule.
It will still be a value judgment on what should & #8220; trigger & #8221; the need for renovation, how many attractions should be stopped simultaneously at Walt Disney World, and what times of the year are ideal for which renovations.
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