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.
This month's refurbishment update includes three refurbishments at the Magic Kingdom, more information about the upcoming Caribbean Beach overhaul is confirmed, plus a new closing hits the Yacht Club as part of that resort's ongoing refurbishment and expansion.
1. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: April 24 - May 18
The Magic Kingdom's Prince Charming Regal Carrousel attraction will go down for a brief refurbishment later this spring and will be closed for nearly four weeks from April 24th through May 18th, reopening to guests May 19th. No big changes to this attraction are expected, with Disney likely using this extended closure time to touch up the paint and perform some routine mechanical maintenance on one of Fantasyland's most iconic attractions.
2. Once Upon a Time (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: March 5 - 9, 2017
Guests who have visited the Magic Kingdom this week may have been surprised to find that the nightly Once Upon a Time projection show is currently going through some scheduled downtime, and is not being performed. However, the good news is that this refurbishment is only projected to last through the end of the week and will return to performances on March 10th. During this time, the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular will still be performed, just without its pre-show.
3. Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (Magic Kingdom)
Though we first told you about the expansion project for Tomorrowland's Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café eatery last month, this project has reached some big milestones in the past few weeks. Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom this month will find new construction walls around the side of the restaurant that faces Fantasyland (near the Mad Tea Party) which block off the space that will eventually be used for the outdoor dining expansion. In addition, the majority of the interior walls have been re-painted, and some of the furniture has been replaced. Guests who dine inside will also find that the majority of the windows in this dining location have been completely covered up so guests don't see the construction work going on outside.
While this dining location has certainly looked better, Disney estimates that the majority of work on this restaurant will be completed by mid-year, which should be good news for the busy summer season.