Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule Update For March 2016

Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule - March 2016

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

Walt once said Disneyland will never be complete, as long as there is imagination left in the world. The same could be said of his Florida project, Walt Disney World. The imagineers are constantly working to keep the parks and resorts up-to-date while also bringing new magic to the vacation kingdom. In order for the imagineers to make sure Walt’s dream keeps growing and changing, sometimes our favorite attractions must be closed for a short time. We’ve got the updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule so you won’t be surprised by any attractions closed during your next vacation. 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 undergoing refurbishment through April 2016 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.
    • The Mad Tea Party will be closed for a short refurbishment February 22 – 26, 2016.
    • The Jungle Cruise will be closed for a brief refurbishment March 1 – 3, 2016.
    • Soarin’ is currently closed and will re-open in summer 2016 with an all new show featuring sights from around the world.
    • Circle of Life in The Land pavilion is closed until April 2, 2016.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • Pizza Planet is currently closed for refurbishment and will re-open in late 2016.
    • Toy Story Midway Mania will be closed for one day only on March 15, 2016.
    • In preparation for the planned expansions at Hollywood Studios, the following attractions will close permanently on April 3, 2016:
      • Honey, I Shrunk The Audience Movie Set Adventure
      • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • Kali River Rapids is currently closed for refurbishment until March 17, 2016.
    • Flights of Wonder is closed for refurbishment until March 17, 2016.
    • Warung Outpost is also undergoing refurbishments until March 17, 2016.
    • The Boneyard is closed for refurbishment until March 17, 2016, as well.
    • Isle of Java is undergoing refurbishments until March 5, 2016.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
    • Typhoon Lagoon is currently undergoing its annual refurbishment until March 19, 2016.
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • The Bay Cove Pool is currently undergoing refurbishment until March 18, 2016.
    • Guest rooms will be refurbished with new soft goods April 2 through October 14, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • The Concierge Lounge will be closed for refurbishment May 7 – 22, 2016. An alternate lounge location will be available during this time.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
    • Guest rooms are being refurbished with new soft goods until May 20, 2016. Guests will not be accommodated in rooms undergoing refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    • The Schoolyard Sprayground in the resort’s Finding Nemo section is currently undergoing refurbishment until March 11, 2016.
  • 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 undergoing refurbishment until April 15, 2016.
  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
    • A beach renourishment project will take place May 1 through June 4, 2016.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • General construction will be going on through Spring 2016. During this time, guests will observe construction and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
    • The East Pool is closed for refurbishment until Spring 2016. Guests may see or hear work in progress.
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
    • Ol’ Man Island Pool is currently undergoing refurbishments until March 4, 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 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.
    • Front Desk renovation will continue through February 2016. A temporary front desk will be functional. The video arcade will close to make room for a new Grab and Go outlet.
    • 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.
    • Mickey’s Pantry / The Spice & Tea Exchange is closed for refurbishments until March 14, 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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