Walt Disney World, as well as other parks around Orlando are constantly changing their refurbishment schedules, making it difficult for guests to keep up with the operating schedules and latest news regarding their favorite attractions, resorts, shops, and restaurants. Here are five big, upcoming changes that are either confirmed by their respective parks or at the least very strongly rumored for the very near future.
For August's refurbishment update, we take a look at several projects that are happening around Walt Disney World (including a surprise refurbishment at Disney's Animal Kingdom and a lengthy refurbishment for one of the resort's most popular dining establishments) as well as changes coming to a popular Universal Orlando Resort attraction and a mystery project underway at SeaWorld Orlando that has kept one of its biggest attractions down for several days.
1. Primeval Whirl (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: August 17-November 12
Primeval Whirl is one of those rides that has proven to be quite controversial among Walt Disney World fans, with many feeling that this ride non only fails to fit in with the overall theme of the park, but also provides a really rough ride experience that often leaves guests in pain. Though local chiropractors no doubt love Primeval Whirl, they'll have to take a loss over the next three months as this ride is going down for a lengthy refurbishment that will last over three months. This ride will be spinning its last guest before the refurbishment next week and won't re-open until mid-November.
We don't exactly know what is happening with this attraction or why it will have such a long refurbishment period (its currently matching Pirates of the Caribbean for the longest attraction refurbishment this year), but given the nature of this flat ride we'd assume a new coat of paint and perhaps some ride adjustments will be in the cards for this Animal Kingdom attraction. However, even though these aren't insignificant changes, there's no reason why these updates should take nearly three months. We'll keep you posted as we learn what is in store for this ride during this unusually-timed refurbishment.
2. Pizzafari (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: August 24- October 19
We wondered earlier this week about the progress being made on the new confirmed Discovery Island restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and now it looks like work is finally ramping up on this forthcoming location, as Pizzafari will be closing for nearly two months while work is done to convert half of this restaurant's dining area into the aforementioned new table service dining location.
Though this brand new restaurant is still projected to open in the near future, we still don't know what it will be called or what kind of food will be served. While it is possible that this new restaurant will miss its 2015 target opening date (delays with the Flame Tree Barbecue refurbishment may have set this project back a few months), we are hoping to hear some concrete information in the near future about this upcoming dining location.