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)
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)
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)
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.