Walt Disney World Refurbishment & Closure Schedule for March 2020

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There is nothing more frustrating than heading to Disney World and one of your favorite ride, attractions or restaurants being closed for Refurbishments. Unfortunately, from time to time things do need to close for maintenance or repair and this is where our monthly Closures and Refurbishments article comes into play.

Here is the current list of Closures and Refurbishments for March 2020 and beyond at Walt Disney World.

Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
From May 4 to May 21, 2020, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed for refurbishment.

It’s A Small World Refurb Is Underway – The ride is still open Disney is just working on the exterior of the ride. More details at the link provided.

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.

Ongoing until further notice

Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.

Early December 2018 – Until further notice


Spaceship Earth to close on May 26th for a ride refurbishment – More details at the link provided.

To accommodate planned maintenance, the operating schedule will be temporarily adjusted for the Epcot beam of the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System. Monorail service to Epcot will start at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Guests looking to visit Epcot earlier in the morning on those days will be able to access the park via bus from their Resort hotel. Additional buses will transport Guests between the Transportation & Ticket Center and Epcot.

We expect to return to normal operating hours in late March.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment from early January 2020 through late March 2020.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will close for refurbishment beginning on January 5, 2020 and reopen in mid-March 2020.

January 5, 2020 – mid-March 2020

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park


Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Calypso Pool
The Calypso Feature Pool at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort will be closed for refurbishment, but the Piano leisure pool will be available. Additionally, Guests at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort are welcome to use the Feature Pools at either Disney’s All-Star Movies or Disney’s All-Star Sports Resorts. 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 dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

Mid-September 2020 – Mid-December 2020

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Big Blue Pool
The Big Blue Pool is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time, other pool and recreation offerings will remain open-including Flippin’ Fins Pool, Cozy Cone Pool and the Schoolyard Sprayground. Noise may be heard while this work is being completed, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM.

Mid-September 2020 – Mid-December 2020

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Tri-Circle-D Ranch
Tri-Circle-D Ranch will relocate to a nearby area of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. As part of this, The Draft Horse Barn and Pony Farm will be redesigned into one new, enhanced barn within the ranch.

In preparation for the new Tri-Circle-D Ranch location, the current Draft Horse Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Pony Farm closed in mid-August 2019.

Pony Rides have temporarily moved to the Trail Blaze Corral near the entrance and Reception Outpost at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

During the refurbishment, Carriage Rides and Wagon Rides will be temporarily unavailable until Spring 2020. Beginning Nov. 29, Sleigh Rides will be available for booking. Please note that Carriage Rides are also available at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.

August 2019 – Until further notice

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will undergo renovations this year to improve the sophisticated space. As part of this, the signature restaurant will be modified in a few different phases, including:

Starting in February, the bar will be closed. Bar service and the restaurant’s award-winning wine list will continue to be available at Cítricos.
Also in February, the menu will be modified for a limited time as the main cookline is refurbished.
Starting in May, the dining room will be closed in sections, and the dessert menu will be modified for a limited time.
During this time, Cítricos will remain open and accept reservations while we continue to focus on delivering outstanding Guest service in an adjusted layout.

Cítricos is expected to finish its refurbishment in summer 2020. Once complete, the restaurant will feature an improved fine dining experience, our Guests will continue to enjoy the lively atmosphere, seasonally-inspired menu and elegance embodied by Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Hippy Dippy Pool
The Hippy Dippy Pool is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time, Guests can use the Bowling Pool and Computer Pool. Also, Movies Under the Stars will be offered in an alternate location. Guests may notice construction noise while this refurbishment is underway, but the noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM.

January 2020 – Early Spring 2020

Best Western, Lake Buena Vista

General Construction
Best Western Lake Buena Vista is currently undergoing refurbishments to make exciting updates to the hotel. Work will be limited to the hours between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM during the week and occasionally on weekends. All hotel amenities are available and every precaution is being taken to minimize any disruptions during your stay.

Ongoing until December 2020

Disney Springs


Golf Courses


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