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 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 January's Walt Disney World refurbishment update, we take a look at the year ahead at the Magic Kingdom, which will see a number of high profile refurbishments over the course of 2016. Though this year started with a weeklong refurbishment of Splash Mountain (schedule to happen this coming week), here are the rest of the notable refurbishments coming to the Magic Kingdom in 2016, including a long-overdue refurbishment in Tomorrowland and a mystery overhaul in Adventureland. See if one of your favorite attractions at this park made the list!
1. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Dates: January 18-February 12, 2016
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin has often been seen as an inferior version of Toy Story Midway Mania, but in recent years this attraction has really been showing its age, with several of the attractions' guns not functioning on a regular basis and the ride breaking down a little more frequently than guests would probably like.
However, the good news is that it looks like this attraction will be finally getting some much-needed attention when it goes down for a month-long refurbishment later this month. Though Disney does not typically comment on refurbishments, we'd guess that this month long downtime will give Disney the chance to replace several guns, repair some of the broken components of the ride, and clean up the queue a little bit (which has often been cited as one of the dirtiest at Disney property).
2. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Dates: January 25 - February 4, 2016
Though the Space Ranger Spin refurbishment should bring some tangible improvements to this attraction, across the park at Adventureland spinner attraction The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be going down for refurbishment for about a week during which almost no perceptible changes will take place.
During this brief closure the various moving parts of this attraction will be serviced, and hopefully that terrifying creaking noise that has been happening in recent months will be addressed. Once this attraction reopens we expect that the experience will be exactly the same as guests remember it (though hopefully just a little bit quieter).
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Dates: April 4, 2016 - July 16, 2016
The first truly major refurbishment of 2016 at the Magic Kingdom will happen this April when Big Thunder Mountain goes down for a lengthy three month refurbishment. While we don't know exactly what changes will be taking place during this time, the three month time allotment implies that some pretty major improvements are in store for this attraction.
It's worth mentioning that Disneyland's version of Big Thunder Mountain got some serious upgrades in 2014 which included new track, projection effects and a complete overhaul of the third lift show scene. Though the Disneyland refurbishment lasted over a year, the Magic Kingdom could simply copy some of these improvements with relative ease, especially the projection elements and the changes to the show scenes.
Of course, we have no way of knowing yet exactly what changes are coming, but considering the length of the refurbishment, it's obvious that something big is coming for this attraction, and we can't wait to see it!