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 information on a trio of Magic Kingdom refurbishments, plus additional news about what's happening at Blizzard Beach water park and some scheduled maintenance at Disney's resorts.
1. Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: January 8 - February 1, 2018
Though it was rumored last month, it has now been confirmed that Splash Mountain will undergo a second refurbishment after being open during the holiday season, closing once again from January 8th through February 1st, 2018. Guests who want to experience this attraction in the near future will need to do so between now and January 7th, when this attraction will be open for the holiday period.
2. Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: January - June 2018
Though the Liberty Square Riverboat closes every year for several weeks for regular maintenance, a rumor has popped up in recent days that seems to indicate that this attraction will be closed for nearly six months in 2018 while a major work is done on the riverboat's boiler. Though unconfirmed by Disney, no hours official hours are listed on the official attraction page for 2018, lending credence to this rumor. However, until something is officially confirmed by Disney, we'll leave this one as a rumor for now.
3. Finding Nemo the Musical (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: February 4 - 18, 2018
Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will not have performances for two weeks in February. It is unknown what work will be going on during this closure, but we'd guess that there will be some minor upgrades and maintenance done on the theater, and perhaps some of the props will be spruced up as well. This downtime may also give Disney the chance to try out some new performers as well.