Disney parks are constantly changing their refurbishment schedules, 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 a few big, upcoming changes that are either confirmed by their respective parks or at the least very strongly rumored for the very near future.

For July's refurbishment update, we take a look at a few previously-announced refurbishments, as new details have been revealed about what guests can expect during these attractions' downtime. In addition, we'll also take a look at a recently confirmed dining refurbishment as well as a quickie Magic Kingdom refurbishment taking place in just a few weeks! 

1. Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom)

Status: Confirmed

Dates: July 25-28, 2016

If you've been to Tomorrowland recently at the Magic Kingdom, you may have noticed a snazzy new paint job on the rotating Carousel of Progress. And though this attraction has remained open during this unannounced (but very welcome!) exterior transformation, it looks like the Carousel of Progress will be closed very briefly for just a few days in July while some light interior upgrades are made to this attraction as well.

Though a familiar rumor has been circulating online (as it does almost every time this attraction goes down for refurbishment) that the final show scene will finally be getting an update, given the length of the upcoming closure for this attraction we'd imagine that this is probably not in the plans, at least this time around, with regular cleaning and maintenance likely taking place instead. While we're sure that an updated final scene will come to this attraction at some point, it doesn't seem like it will be this year. 

2. One Man's Dream (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Status: Confirmed

Dates: July 16-19, 2016

The One Man's Dream attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closed for a very short three-day refurbishment in mid-July, and though we mentioned this in last month's update, it has been confirmed that this attraction is being shuttered for a few days this month in order prepare the theater for another movie preview, this time for Pete's Dragon, which opens in wide release this August. Though the original One Man's Dream film made an appearance for a few days earlier this summer, it looks like the trend of housing film previews in this location is here to stay, at least through the end of the summer. 

3. Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

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Status: Confirmed

Dates: July 29 - October 16, 2016

This is another closure that was already confirmed last month, but we recently learned that Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom will actually have longer-than-expected downtime during this upcoming refurbishment. Though this ride is still closing in just a few weeks on July 25th, it is now scheduled to welcome guests back to the Dino Institute on October 17th, more than two weeks after it was originally scheduled to reopen on September 30th. Given the increased length of this already long refurbishment, we'd guess that a number of upgrades (perhaps to the animatronics?) are going to be taking place behind the scenes, as this attraction will be down for more than 10 weeks. 



I get the *need* for an update of CoP, but how fun is a scene with the whole family staring at their smartphones not speaking. That's life these days it seems.

They should get Snoop Dog to narrate the Carousel of progress. Everyone would have to go check it out then.

How about fixing the water pump in C.O.P! Every time they talk about not having to prime the pump it's supposed to pump out water. There hasn't been any water coming out of it for years! Also, I read that the last scene will likely never get upgraded because the ride is about the 20th century and that last scene represents the 1990s.

If Sassagoula's menu is getting an overhaul, let me recommend New Orleans-based food items. The bread they use for po-boys is nowhere near right :) The gift shop is on the right track with its food offerings.

Also, an upgrade to Carousel's ending would be welcome in today's world of smartphones and 3D TV, but it would mean re-recording the show and losing Jean Shepherd's narration.

I love Disneyworld, but what I'm about to say needs to be said. The Carousel of Progress sucks. There, I said it. It officially goes too far back in time. I'm 40 and I can only somewhat relate because my grandmother who died 20 years ago (in her mid-80s!) told me stories about her childhood (no TV, no appliances, no running water). My daughter's grandmother (aka my mother) grew up with most of the conveniences of today. Oh sure, thems were hard times back when TVs couldn't stream YouTube over Wi-Fi... but she had the original Monty Python... and I had the syndicated reruns... not as rough as growing up without indoor plumbing, am I right?! ;o)

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