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 four refurbishments happening in 2018 and early 2019 at the Magic Kingdom! From an extended closing happening now to two Tomorrowland closures that will make way for the Magic Kingdom's Tron Roller Coaster. Here's all the refurbishments happening soon that you need to know about!
1. Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: Now - Winter 2018
Though it has been closed since January 8th, and was supposed to reopen over the summer, the Liberty Square Riverboat at the Magic Kingdom remains under refurbishment, with no specific reopening date in sight. Though the Liberty Square Riverboat closes every year for several weeks for regular maintenance, major work was being done on the riverboat's boiler during the earlier part of the year, and over the fall Disney replaced the track that this attraction runs on, which has resulted in a more than 10-month closure for this ride. And now it looks like Disney will be extending this refurbishment even more, as the Liberty Square Riverboat is now scheduled to stay closed until the holiday season.
2. Blizzard Beach (the whole park)
Dates: October 28, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Though the unseasonably warm "hotumn" weather is still in full force in Central Florida, Disney's Blizzard Beach water park will be closing in just a few weeks and will remain closed until after the holiday season while regular maintenance is performed. The park is expected to reopen (weather pending, of course) early next year in January.
3. Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: December 2, 2018 - TBA
The Walt Disney World Railroad will be closing this holiday season for a lengthy refurbishment reportedly to make adjustments to the track for the upcoming Tron roller coaster attraction, which will be ramping up construction in the new year. And though we don't know how long this attraction will be closed (some speculate it could be a year or more before we can re-experience the Walt Disney World Railroad) the actual train itself will be staying at the Main Street Station during this lengthy refurbishment.
While the train is pulled in to the station guests will be able to get an up-close look at the train and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. They will also get the chance to learn more about the history of the Walt Disney World railroad and can appreciate the details of both the locomotive and the passenger cars that have carried guests for over 45 years.