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6 Confirmed Refurbishments Coming Soon to Walt Disney World (January 2017)

Disney parks are constantly changing their refurbishment schedules, making it difficult for guests to keep up with the operating times and latest news regarding their favorite attractions, resorts, shops, and restaurants. Here are a few big, upcoming changes that are either confirmed by their respective parks or at the least very strongly rumored for the very near future.

This month's refurbishment update includes details on two refurbishments coming to the Magic Kingdom this month, a long-term closure at Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus a quickie re-theme that will bring a new look  to a Disney Springs favorite! Here are all the refurbishments that will impact Walt Disney World this month... 

1. The Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom) 

Status: Confirmed

Dates: January 9, 2017 to March 2, 2017

Though it hasn't been that long since the Walt Disney World Railroad's last refurbishment (this attraction closed for refurbishment less than a year ago in April 2016) this month will bring another moderate-length refurbishment period for this attraction that has already gotten underway. 

Interestingly, while the original dates for 2017's edition of the Walt Disney World Railroad annual refurbishment were confirmed late last year, this scheduled downtime has since been extended slightly, and will now last until March 2 (instead of February 16). During this now almost 8-week closure it is expected that regular maintenance will be performed on the Walt Disney World Railroad, which will include not only a tune up for the train's engine, but some work on the actual track around the Magic Kingdom as well and the installation of upgraded equipment (the latter of which could be responsible for the recent extension). 

2. & 3. The Darkroom and Cover Story gift shops (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Status: Confirmed

Dates: January 9, 2017 to March 24 2017

The two gift stores on the right side of Disney's Hollywood Studios as you enter the park (right before Starbucks) will be closing for refurbishment earlier this week. These stores are scheduled to be closed for almost three months, and are expected to reopen on March 24th. It is unknown what is changing during this refurbishment, but we'd imagine some interior remodeling is likelu going on, and these stores may return this spring with a new theme (in the same way Villains in Vogue turned into Reel Vogue last year after a quickie refurbishment). Though these shops will be closed for over two months, it will be interesting to see what changes are made during this extended refurbishment period. 

4. Characters in Flight (Disney Springs)

Characters in Flight

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: January 9, 2017 to January 13, 2017

The Characters in Flight balloon at Disney Springs is closing for a short refurbishment this month from January 9 through to January 13, and is scheduled to reopen to guests on January 14, 2017. It has been confirmed that this short downtime will be used to change the look of this iconic attraction to fit more in line with the overall Disney Springs style.

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