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 a quickie closure at Disney's Hollywood Studios that should make watching this park's new nighttime spectacular a little bit easier, plus speculation about what could be going on at the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents, which is currently scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, but may end up missing that deadline...
1. Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Dates: Now - June 15, 2017
It was not announced in advance, but several days ago, the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show at Disney's Hollywood Studios unexpectedly went down for a surprise two-week refurbishment. When this show returns to the park on June 16, it will be essentially the same, with one big change: the addition of mobile stages in place of the existing permanent stages.
This is actually an important change, as it means that these stages can be removed every afternoon following the final performance of the show prior to Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and the new Disney Movie Magic show as well, which means there will be less obstruction and more viewing space for guests staying for this park's two projection-based nighttime spectaculars.
2. Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: Now - June 29, 2017
The Hall of Presidents has been closed for several months now while the newest President of the United States is being added to the attraction. However, it was reported by Vice last month that there has been some behind the scenes drama with this attraction that could delay its reopening on June 30th.
According to an anonymous Cast Member, there have been issues with getting an audio recording from President Trump, and given the current political climate, Imagineers have been pushing to revert the attraction to its pre-1993 format, where only George Washington and Abraham Lincoln recited lines.
The source went on to say that Walt Disney World is considering pushing the attraction's re-opening date back to the fall and will use this extra time to make further tweaks to the show. While nothing has been announced officially, this scenario does seem quite likely, and we wouldn't be surprised if a delay is confirmed in the next few days while Disney continues to deal with this interesting scenario.