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Walt Disney World reveals ride refurbishment schedule for early 2012

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Walt Disney World has revealed its refurbishment schedule for early 2012, with a number of popular attractions set to close temporarily during January and February.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Kali River Rapids water ride is set to undergo its annual winter "rehab". The attraction will close on January 23, and is due to reopen on February 9.

The Fantasmic! show at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be out of action between January 4 and February 12. The Studios Backlot Tour will then stop running on February 13, before recommencing operations on March 11.

Several rides will be out of action for extended periods at the Magic Kingdom. The Liberty Square Riverboat is already closed, and is not expected to take to the water again until February 4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant will close on January 9, reopening again on February 18 as the park prepares to open the Storybook Circus area in the expanded Fantasyland. Finally, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is set to receive a major update and it is strongly rumored that it will be closed between January 9 and May 27.

The Blizzard Beach water park reopened to the public on December 4 after a month-long closure. Sister park Typhoon Lagoon is now shut and is expected to reopen on March 19.

Full details of temporary closures can be found in Theme Park Tourist's Walt Disney World ride refurbishment schedule.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch", and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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