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5 Confirmed Refurbishments Coming Soon to Walt Disney World (May 2018)

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 few brief closures at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot happening this spring, plus two single-day closures that will hit Disney's Animal Kingdom in just a few days. 

1. American Heritage Gallery (Epcot)

Status: Confirmed 

Dates: Now - June 29, 2018

Though the biggest draw at The American Adventure pavilion is of course the show that shares its name with the entire pavilion, this location is also home to the American Heritage Gallery, which offers a look at some often-overlooked pieces of history. This summer, this gallery will be hosting a new exhibit titled "Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art". 

This new exhibit is being produced in cooperation with of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. Some of the featured artists with works on display will be fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), noted doll maker Glenda McKay (Ingalik-Athabascan), and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine Sioux) from the Growing Thunder family of Montana.

Image: Disney

Because of the work that is going in to crafting this exhibit, the American Heritage Gallery closed last month, and will remain off-limits to guests until June 30, 2019, when this space will reopen with this new educational experience. 

2. New Toy Story shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now - Spring 2018

Though Toy Story Land is opening in just a few weeks on June 30, 2018, Disney is going to be adding a brand new shop that sells primarily Toy Story merchandise inside the former Sweet Spells snack location on Sunset Boulevard. This former treat stop closed for good on April 15th, and the building has been walled off while this former grab and go dining spot is converted into retail space. No official re-opening date has been announced, but we'd assume that this project will be finished before Toy Story Land opens in June. 

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