Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule for January 2016

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Jan 2016 Refurbishment

No one wants to miss the chance to go on their favorite ride, but we all understand that in order to keep things running smoothly sometimes maintenance is needed and time for updates is necessary to keep us enjoying our favorite rides. Here is a list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resorts:

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain: Jan. 10 – 14, 2016
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: Jan. 18 – Feb. 11, 2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: Jan. 18 – 22, 2016
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin: Jan. 25 – Feb. 3, 2016
  • Mad Tea Party: Feb. 22 – Feb. 26, 2016


Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom

  • Maharajah Jungle Trek: Jan. 4 – 21, 2016
  • Kali River Rapids: Jan 4. 4 – Feb. 11, 2016
  • Flights of Wonder: Jan. 25 – Mar. 17, 2016

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Closed for annual refurbishment: Jan. 4 – Mar. 12, 2016

Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Closed for annual refurbishment: Oct. 4, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

Walt Disney World Resorts

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Bay Cove Pool: Feb. 1 – Mar. 18, 2016

All Star Sports

  • Surfboard Bay Pool: Jan. 25 – 28, 2016

Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

  • Jambo House Soft Goods Rehab: Jan. 1 – May 20, 2016

Art of Animation

  • Schoolyard Sprayground: Jan. 3 – Mar. 11, 2016

Beach Club Villas

  • Soft Goods Rehab: Jan. 22 – Aug. 17, 2016

BoardWalk Inn

  • Exterior repair and painting: Aug. 17, 2015 – May 5, 2016
  • Flying Fish Restaurant: Feb. 1 – Sept. 30, 2016

BoardWalk Villas

  • Guest Villa Renovations: Through Spring 2016

Caribbean Beach

  • Old Porte Royale (Path of Travel impacts): Jan. 3 – Feb. 28, 2016
    • Guests staying in Martinique and Trinidad North may hear some construction noise
  • Jamaica Pool: Jan. 6 – 8, 2016
  • Martinique Quite Pool: Jan. 11 – 13, 2016
  • Fuentes del Morro Pool: Jan. 13 – 16, 2016
  • Trinidad North Quiet Pool: Jan. 27 – 29, 2016

Grand Floridian

  • Courtyard Pool: Jan. 16 – 19, 2016

Hilton Head Island Resort

  • Pool Slide: Feb. 1 – 17, 2016

Old Key West

  • Sandcastle Pool: Jan. 4 – 6, 2016

Polynesian Village

  • General Construction may be visible around the resort and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable at times through Spring 2016
  • East Pool enhancement: Through Spring 2016

Port Orleans – Riverside

  • Ol’ Man Island Pool: Jan. 11 – Feb 29, 2016

Saratoga Springs

  • Grandstand Pool: Jan. 20 – 22, 2016

Wilderness Lodge & Villas

  • 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. Refurbishment expected through 2017.
  • Club Den (Children’s Activity Center): Jan. 3, 2016 – 2017

Yacht Club

  • Stormalong Bay Slide: Jan. 11 – 15, 2016

Buena Vista Palace

  • General Resort Refurbishment: Through Feb. 2016Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, Guests will notice construction work in various areas.Front Desk renovation; a temporary Front Desk will be functional. Video arcade will close to make room for a new Grab and Go outlet.
  • The pool will be unavailable. 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. Expected through June 2016.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Guest Room Renovations: 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. June 2016 – September 2016.

Disney Springs

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive: Through Mar. 2016
    Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Disney Springs and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Planet Hollywood: Jan. 6 – Summer 2016


  • 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 of 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. Through January 2016.

As always schedules and closures are subject to change. Follow along with Chip & Company and we will keep you updated on all the latest updates happening at Walt Disney World.

Some great additions are on the way to Walt Disney World this year. If you are interested in planning a trip in 2016 contact me at stephaniekirby@worldofmagictravel.com or find me on facebook, to take advantage of my FREE travel planning services.


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