Walt Disney World is constantly changing its refurbishment schedule, 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 six big, upcoming changes that are either confirmed by their respective parks or at the least very strongly rumored for the very near future.
For December's Walt Disney World refurbishment update, we take a look at several short refurbishments coming this winter to the Magic Kingdom, a lengthy restaurant refurbishment with major implications, plus some behind the scenes changes that could have a big impact on evening operating procedures at Disney's Hollywood Studios. But first up we'll take a look at a refurbishment that is happening next week...
1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
Dates: December 7-10, 2015
In just a few days the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover will be going down for regular maintenance. Though this attraction received a new paint job the last time it went down for a short refurbishment, we are not expecting such a change this time. This three day closure will just be for routine ride maintenance, and when this attraction reopens next week, it'l likely be exactly as you remember it.
2. Kali River Rapids
Dates: January 4th - February 11th 2016
Just as it did in 2014, Kali River Rapids will be closing for several weeks again this winter while the ride is drained, the paint is touched up, and the vehicles are cleaned. Because of the routine nature of this refurbishment, we're not expecting any major alterations to the ride experience during this refurbishment either. Though this attraction's downtime is much longer than that of the Peoplemover above, it should be noted that this attraction will be closed during what should be the chilliest weeks of the year (at least in Florida), which means there probably isn't that much of a rush to reopen this attraction during this cold season.
3. Splash Mountain
Dates: January 10-15, 2016
Like clockwork Splash Mountain goes down for refurbishment in January every year while the water is drained, the logs are spruced up and various fixes are performed. However, in the past this refurbishment period typically lasts from 1-3 months. However, 2016's refurbishment period will be just 5 days, which is a little curious, but great news for fans of the attraction hoping to ride it in the chilly January months. Refurbishment dates are always subject to change, but we'd emphasize that point in this case, as the current refurbishment window seems extremely short.