Walt Disney World July 2018 Refurbishment Schedule and Beyond

Walt Disney World July 2018 Refurbishment

In order to keep rides running smoothly and safely and resorts looking their best, Disney World often needs to close areas in order to perform maintenance on them or give them a fresh look. As much as we don’t like it when our favorite rides aren’t running, maintenance is necessary to keep guests safe during their park visits.  Here is a list of the rides, attractions, and resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort undergoing refurbishment in July 2018 and beyond:

PARKS:

Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – Closed for refurbishment – August 20 – August 24, 2018
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – Closed from January 8, 2018 – TBD
  • Monorail – 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. This is ongoing until further notice.

EPCOT

  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – Closed from February 26, 2018 – TBD

Hollywood Studios

  • None

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • None

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • None

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • None

RESORTS:

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 9:00 am. 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: Feb. 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 and Calypso Trading Post: 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.
      • A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase in three 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 including pizza, sandwiches and pasta.
      • Disney dining plans will be accepted.
      • Every effort will be made to assist with dietary needs.
    • The feature pool-Fuentes del Morro Pool – and leisure pools will all remain available. Recreation activities and entertainment will also be available.
    • In addition to the amenities unavailable at Old Port Royale, buildings within Martinique and Barbados islands are unavailable to Guests.
    • 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 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.
  • General Construction: Ongoing until further notice
    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 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

  • 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 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 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 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.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill – Kitchen Refurbishment: Late July – Early August

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. 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.

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.

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT :

Disney Springs

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria 
    • reopening as Terralina Crafted Italian – NOW OPEN!!

Golf Courses

  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course: Closed for refurbishment – June 18 – July 1, 2018
  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course: Will operate as a 9-hole course while refurbishments are completed. – July 2 – late August 2018

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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