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 two confirmed refurbishments happening next year at the Magic Kingdom (one of which could be over a year long), plus a short closure happening at Disney's Hollywood Studios this fall!
1. The Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: December 2018 - TBD
Though preliminary work on the Tron Roller Coaster has been going on for almost a year now, it looks like construction is really going to be ramping up in the new year as Disney prepares to get this attraction for its 2021 debut.
As a result of all the construction in this area, the Walt Disney World Railroad will be closing this December for an indefinite amount of time to acomodate work in Tomorrowland, and potentially alter the track of this attraction as well. Though nothing has been specifically confirmed, concept art released last year seems to indicate that some substantial changes could be coming to this attraction that will alter the track to make way for the new Tron roller coaster
Though we don't know when this Magic Kingdom staple will be coming back (sadly we're probably looking at two years or more until a reopening), the train will temporarily be staying at the Main Street Station, and guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities that will be available while this attraction is unable to run.
2. Tomorrowland Speedway (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: Early 2019 - Summer 2019
Another attraction that is being impacted by the construction of the Tron Roller Coaster at the Magic Kingdom is the Tomorrowland Speedway, which has been confirmed to be closing in early 2019. However, unlike the Walt Disney World railroad, Disney has said that they plan to reopen this attraction in the summer of 2019, after changes to the track are made to accomodate this upcoming attraction.
Interestingly, Disney has also said that this attraction will be the "same attraction our guests know and love" when it reopens next year, quashing rumors that seemed to suggest this attraction was getting a Tron-themed makeover to fit in with its upcoming neighbor attraction. Though such a change could still happen between 2019 and 2021, it looks like at least for now, this attraction will only have a modified track when it reopens next year.