Updated List of Walt Disney World Refurbishments Before you Travel

Updated List of Walt Disney World Refurbishments Before you Travel

Make sure you check out this updated list of Walt Disney World refurbishments before you travel.  Its important to plan accordingly when you travel to Disney and we want to make sure you are prepared!  Check out the list below of the most recent updates for Walt Disney World.

Monorail -Ongoing until further notice
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form or transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Liberty Square Riverboat- January 8, 2018 – TBD

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe- February 26, 2018 – TBD

Toy Story Mania!- June 11 – June 18, 2018
As we look toward completing work on the new entrance and queue, Toy Story Mania will not be available from June 11-18, 2018. When the attraction reopens, Guests will continue to enter and exit the attraction on Pixar Avenue until Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018.

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort: Rooms Refurbishment -Through Early 2019
During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All resort amenities including dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: Disney Skyliner- Ongoing until further notice
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas 

Jambo House – Rooms Refurbishment- Mid-August 2018 – Fall 2019
During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Jambo House – Uzima Feature Pool – September 2018 – Early December 2018
Uzima Springs Pool and Uzima Springs Pool Bar are scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village will be available. Brief rides via shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Jambo House – Payment Policy Pilot – February 12, 2018 – TBD
Beginning February 12, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House will participate in a pilot where transactions will be handled with convenient, cash-free options. All purchases and services at the resort will accept MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay.

Children’s Activity Centers – Closing Permanently  August 1, 2018
July 31, 2018 will be the last day of operation for the Children’s Activity Centers. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for Guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Service to and from Epcot and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will not be interrupted. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

Disney Skyliner -Ongoing until further notice
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Children’s Activity Centers – Closing Permanently August 1, 2018
July 31, 2018 will be the last day of operation for the Children’s Activity Centers. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for Guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Cabana Pool Bar, Goombay Games Arcade and Calypso Trading Post are unavailable- Ongoing until further notice
There will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Centertown, a dining location, will serve an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner, and a la carte options for lunch.
  • A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase throughout the day in three new island markets, located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort.
  • Additional a la carte offerings will be available at mobile food vending locations.
  • In-room dining will remain available. The menu includes pizza, sandwiches and pasta.
  • Disney dining plans will be accepted.
  • We will make every effort to assist with dietary needs.

The feature pool (Fuentes del Morro Pool), leisure pools, recreation activities and entertainment will remain available.

In addition to the amenities unavailable at Old Port Royale, buildings within the Martinique and Barbados regions of the Resort are unavailable to Guests.

During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

General Construction – Ongoing until further notice
& Disney Skyliner
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Pepper Market – Now through Summer 2019
During this time, the quick-service restaurant, Pepper Market, will undergo minor refurbishment work, but will remain in operation. If Guests would like to experience one of the other dining locations, they can visit Maya Grill, Las Ventanas, Café Rix, Laguna Bar, Siestas Cantina and the newly reimagined space, Rix Sports Bar & Grill, featuring a variety of sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. All amenities will remain in operation, including the Dig Site pool area, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and the Iguana Arcade.

The Dig Site (including Feature Pool) – September – Mid-December 2018
The Dig Site, home to The Lost City of Cibola Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina, will be closed for refurbishment. While this work takes place, our other exceptional amenities, including three leisure pools, dining and merchandise locations, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and recreation activities, including Movies Under the Stars and Campfires with Marshmallows, will remain available.

General Construction/Rooms Refurbishment – Ongoing until further notice
During this time, amenities including dining locations (such as the newly reimagined Rix Sports Bar and Grill) and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00am daily.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Room Refurbishments – Through Spring 2019
Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am.

Turtle Pond Leisure Pool – April – Early July 2018
Turtle Pond Pool, Turtle Shack Snack Bar and Flying Fish Gameroom will be unavailable due to refurbishment. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see construction. In addition, Sandcastle Pool, featuring a waterslide, kiddie pool and a variety of dining and recreation locations, will be available.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows- August 1, 2018

Children’s Activity Centers – Closing Permanently
July 31, 2018 will be the last day of operation for the Children’s Activity Centers. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for Guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Room Refurbishments – Through Summer 2018
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit all work until after 9:00 a.m. daily.

Disney Skyliner – Ongoing until further noticeWe have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Room Refurbishments – Through Summer 2018
During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All amenities including dining, merchandise and recreation locations will be available.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Leisure Pool Refurbishment July 2018 through Fall 2018
One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment, but the feature pool, Ol’ Man Island, and four other leisure pools will be available. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

Room Refurbishments – July 2018 through Early 2019
During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney’s Hollywood Studios during this time. Service to and from Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will not be interrupted, with the exception of May 14 – May 25, 2018, during which time the FriendShip boat dock at these hotels will also be undergoing refurbishment work. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

FriendShip Boat Service -May 14 – May 25, 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the FriendShip boat dock. As a result, FriendShip Boat Service to and from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels will be unavailable during this time. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time.

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts 
Disney’s Beach Club Villas

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Service to and from Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will not be interrupted. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

Children’s Activity Centers – Closing Permanently – August 1, 2018
July 31, 2018 will be the last day of operation for the Children’s Activity Centers. Kid’s Nite Out will remain available for Guests looking for a child or babysitter service.

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center

Expansion Work – Through Summer 2018
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, work-related noise should not be audible from Guest rooms until after 9:00 a.m.

Disney Springs

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – reopening as Terralina Crafted Italian- Apr. 23, 2017 – TBD

Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course – June 18 – late August 2018
Will operate as a 9-hole course while it undergoes refurbishment.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex- Roadwork –Ongoing until further notice
Intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise impacts can be expected along Osceola Parkway / Victory Way.


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Heather Adamczak