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 August's refurbishment update, we take a look at a number of refurbishments happening at the Magic Kingdom in the coming weeks, plus the annual water park refurbishment dates are confirmed for 2016. However, let's first take a look at a refurbishment happening outside the theme parks...
1. Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf
Dates: August 1-2 and 1-10, 2016
The two halves of Disney's Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf course will be closed for a few days each early this month. The Fairways course will close on August 1 through to August 2, reopening to guests on August 3 2016. The Gardens course will also close on August 1, but will remain closed through to August 10, with an expected reopening to guests on August 11th. During these brief closures, the greens will be cleaned up, and there will probably be some paint re-touches done around the course as well.
2. Celebrate the Magic (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: August 5-31, 2016
The Magic Kingdom's nightly Celebrate the Magic castle projection show will be closing for refurbishment in just a few days on beginning on August 5th. This show will then not be performed for nearly a month, and is expected to tentatively return to Cinderella Castle on August 31st. Though no reason was immediately given for this lengthy closure, insiders suggest that new projectors are being installed for this show, which should bring the projection quality of this show up to that of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, which is now playing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is definitely a good thing, as the projection quality used in this show put Celebrate the Magic to shame.
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: August 8- November 18, 2016
Though this refurbishment was originally supposed to take place this past spring, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom is now set to close for a lengthy three month refurbishment beginning in just a few days. While we don't know exactly what changes will be taking place during this time, the lengthy downtime implies that some pretty major improvements are in the works for this attraction.
It's worth mentioning that Disneyland's version of Big Thunder Mountain got some serious upgrades back 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. However, it's also equally likely that this version is just getting an extensive clean-up that will last nearly three months. No matter what the case is, we'll at least know by mid-November what is going on with this classic Magic Kingodm ride, unless Disney decides to make an announcement (which is always possible).