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 updates for several Walt Disney World restaurants, plus confirmation of a delay for the Hall of Presidents reopening, a strange summer closure, and a controversial change being made next year to the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions.
1. Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: Now - TBA
The Hall of Presidents officially went down for refurbishment on January 17th, and Disney originally planned to reopen this attraction six months later on June 30th. Even though this was already a long refurbishment, it looks like fans of this attraction will need to wait even longer to experience it again, as Disney has said that this attraction will miss its summer 2017 reopening target date, and will likely reopen much later this fall.
Disney has declined to provide a definite reopening date at this time, with the refurbishment scheduled through December 31, 2017 on the official Hall of Presidents attraction page. While statements made to Orlando's local News 13 from an official Disney spokesperson suggest that Disney is trying to reopen the attraction in time for the holidays, right now there doesn't seem to be a definite timeline for the end of the refurbishment, which is certainly a bummer for those trying to fit this attraction in during a 2017 visit. While we don't know much now, hopefully Disney will provide some updates on this project soon.
2. Chef Mickey's (Disney's Contemporary Resort)
Dates: June 28 - August 13, 2017
It was confirmed several days that Chef Mickey's will be closing for a quick refurbishment later this month on July 28th, and will remain closed through August 13th. During this time, the character dining buffet will relocate to the convention center at Disney's Contemporary Resort. This refurbishment was not planned, and we don't know why this closure is happening, but hopefully whatever is causing the issue will be taken care of soon.