Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Update For April 2016

Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Update For April 2016

UPDATE: Looking for the most recent refurbishment schedule? Find the current Walt Disney World refurbishment schedule here.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the many new experiences coming to Walt Disney World. Soon we will be able to fly with the banshees in the world of Pandora, pilot Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, and join the world of Toy Story. In order for new magic to come to Disney, and to upkeep current magical attractions, sometimes it is necessary to those attractions for a short time. Unfortunately, some attractions also have to be permanently closed to make way for the new experiences. Don’t be surprised by attraction closures on your next vacation. Below is the April 2016 update for the Walt Disney World refurbishments. As always, the Refurbishment Schedule is subject to change, so be sure to  confirm any information prior to your vacation.

  • Magic Kingdom
    • The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is currently undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If you plan to use monorail transportation during your visit, be sure to check the best option available on your day of travel, as other transportation options will be available. This refurbishment is expected to be completed sometime this month.
    • The Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment April 11 – 23, 2016
  • EPCOT
    • Soarin’ is closed and will reopen in summer 2016 featuring an all new show with sights from around the world.
    • The Stave Church Gallery in Norway will be closed for refurbishment April 18 – May 27, 2016.
    • House of The Whispering Willows is scheduled for refurbishment May 2 – June 16, 2016.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Pizza Planet is currently undergoing refurbishment. The restaurant is expected to reopen in late 2016.
    • In preparation for the new expansions at Hollywood Studios, the following attractions have been permanently closed. Thanks to all of the imagineers and cast members who made these attractions so special!
      • Honey, I Shrunk The Audience Movie Set Adventure
      • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • Flights of Wonder is closed for refurbishment until April 9, 2016.
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Guest rooms are currently being refurbished with new soft goods until October 14, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • The Concierge Lounge will undergo refurbishment May 7 – 22, 2016. An alternate lounge location will be available during this time.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
    • Guest rooms will be refurbished with new soft goods beginning June 1 until May 20, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    • Soft goods and bath refurbishments will take place in guest rooms until August 17, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Exterior repair and painting will continue until May 5, 2016.
    • ESPN Club: Yard Arcade & Retail has been closed to make room for a new experience. This closure does not affect the ESPN Club dining area.
    • The Flying Fish Restaurant is closed for refurbishment until September 30, 2016.
    • Seashore Sweets’ has also been closed to make way for a new experience.
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
    • Guest villa renovations will continue through Spring 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in villas undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • The Aruba Pool is currently undergoing refurbishment until April 15, 2016.
  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
    • A beach renourishment project will take place May 1 through Fall 2016.
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • Treehouse Villas will be refurbished with new soft goods until June 22, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge & Villas
    • General resort refurbishments will take until sometime in 2017. Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, Guests will notice construction work in various areas. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail, will be unavailable.
    • The Hidden Springs leisure pool area (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), resort beach, playground, Marina and Recreation fire pit will be unavailable until sometime in 2017.
    • The Cub’s Den children’s activity center will also be unavailable until sometime in 2017.
    • Sturdy Branches Health Club will be closed for refurbishment July through October 2016.
  • Buena Vista Palace
    • Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, guests will notice construction work in various areas.
    • The Pool will be unavailable through June 2016. The spa pool, located in the main tower will remain open for all guests. Additionally, neighboring hotels on Hotel Plaza Blvd. will allow Buena Vista Palace guests to use their pools during this time. Watercress Café will be closed during this time; however, the one80 Sports Bar and Restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
    • Guest room renovations will take place from June – September 2016. Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
  • Disney Springs
    • Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive through March 2016. It is recommended for guests to use Walt Disney World transportation from parks and resorts to Downtown Disney. Also plan to arrive early for reserved entertainment and dining experiences.
    • Planet Hollywood is currently undergoing refurbishments and will reopen in Summer 2016.
    • Fulton’s Crab House is currently closed for refurbishments and will reopen in Fall 2016.
  • Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
    • Fantasia Fairways at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf will be closed for refurbishment until April 20, 2016.

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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