With Walt Disney World’s constantly changing refurbishment schedule, it can be difficult for guests to keep up with the latest news on their favorite attractions, resorts, shops, and restaurants. Here are five big, upcoming changes that are either very strongly rumored or confirmed to be hitting Walt Disney World in the near future.
1. Dream Along With Mickey
Dates: July 18 - August 23
As work on the newly expanded hub continues this summer, castle stage show Dream Along With Mickey will be going on a short five-week hiatus from July 18th to August 23. Officially, this refurbishment will include several stage upgrades and structural modifications related to the ongoing hub renovations.
However, a rumor has popped up in recent weeks that implies that this show may not just be going down for refurbishment, and could indeed be heading for retirement. WDWNT reported last month that this show could simply not appear after this aforementioned refurbishment period, instead being replaced by a new character-based stage show. Though we don't know definitely what is going on with the nine-year-old Dream Along With Mickey show, if this is one of your favorites, you may want to make sure you make it to see this show some time in the near future.
2. Walt Disney World Railroad
Dates: September 28 - November 6
Another surprise refurbishment that was announced earlier this year is that of the Walt Disney World Railroad, which is scheduled to go down for more than a month this fall. The park has not confirmed what kind of refurbishment is taking place during this moderate refurbishment period, but guests who had originally booked the "Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour" during the refurbishment period received a cancellation notice citing "unforeseen track maintenance" as the reason for the refurbishment.
Though we don't exactly know what that little bit of verbiage actually means (if the maintenance was unforseen, why are they waiting until September to perform it?), there's been no evidence to suggest that the anything about this attraction will change significantly during this refurbishment period.
3. Innoventions West
Innoventions West seemingly closed for good earlier this month, as all of the former exhibits, minus the Visa character experience are all behind walls. Attractions like The Great Piggy Bank Adventure and IBM's THINK are being dismantled, but once the last piece of these former attractions is torn down, Epcot has to do something with this now open space...right?
Many have expressed that they would like to see new attractions come to this area (either under the Innoventions banner or something else entirely), but Walt Disney World has released zero information about whether this closed area is simply under refurbishment (implying that more Innoventions-style attractions are coming soon) or whether something new is in the works for this area. Of course, there's the third option....this area could join the Wonders of Life Pavilion as a former attraction abandoned in plain sight...but that's definitely something that no one wants to see happen...