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 an unexpected closure at Epcot due to construction and the shortening of what was originally thought to be a lengthy refurbishment at the Magic Kingdom. In addition, we take a look at several closings that will be happening in the first six months of 2019
1. Friendship Boat Service (Epcot's International Gateway)
Dates: November 28th, 2018 - December 2018
Beginning this week Friendship Boat service to and from Epcot via the International Gateway area will not be available due to construction work related to the Disney Skyliner project. The work is expected to last through to early December 2018, though we don't have a specific reopening date. Though Friendship Boat service will not be available during this time, pedestrians can still use the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. In addition, Friendship Boat service will still be available from Disney's Hollywood Studios to the Epcot area hotels, as these stations will be unaffected by the construction.
2. Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: December 3, 2018 - January 5 2019.
The Walt Disney World Railroad will be closing this holiday season in order to make adjustments for the upcoming Tron roller coaster attraction, which will be ramping up construction in the new year. And though early speculation was that this attraction would be closed for a year or more, it looks like Disney will be closing it sporadically over the new year as work needs to be completed, with this initial closure just lasting a little over a month.
While the train is pulled in to the station during the holiday season, 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 around this park for over 45 years.