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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.

On July 16, the "Festival of the Lion King" reopened and is currently scheduled to be performed eight times a day, on the hour from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. This is subject to change so be sure to check the calendar on the official website for the up to date times for the day of your visit.

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios reopened on July 17th. This attraction features meet and greets with classic Star Wars characters like Chewbacca, BB-8, and Darth Vader, as well as a number of props and replicas from the films that guests can check out.

In this month's refurbishment update we continue to wait for news on a reopening date for Fantasmic and the Walt Disney World railroad. At EPCOT we have a closure due to the ongoing International Food & Wine Festival and we are set to see the return of a very popular experience at Disney's Magic Kingdom. We also hear rumors that one experience and one show may never return to Walt Disney World...

1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Magic Kingdom)

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Disney
Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: March 2020 - August 25, 2022

We heard back in May that the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Magic Kingdom would reopen this year. We now have confirmation that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland park will reopen on August 25.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at both Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney Springs are confirmed to be reopening at a later date.  Whether this means later this year or in 2023 we are unsure but we will keep you posted on further announcements regarding these other locations.

At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, guests aged 3 to 12 have the opportunity to be transformed by an experienced Fairy Godmother apprentice into one of their favorite Disney characters with costumes, make up, hairstyling and accessories. 

It has also been confirmed that later this year, guests will be able to choose from a new range of the latest  heroes and heroines to be magically transformed into. A new specially designed hair accessory will also be available for those guests with textured hair.

2. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Frozen Ever After, Disney
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Status: Unconfirmed

Dates: August 22 - September 10, 2022

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney's Hollywood Studios will close for refurbishment beginning on August 22. We currently don't have a confirmed reopening date but rumors have been posted as September 10, 2022.  We are definitely expecting For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration to be up and running again long before December when it has been confirmed that Olaf will join the finale as part of the holiday celebrations.

3. Fantasmic! (Disney's Hollywood Studios) 

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now -  TBA 2022

Last year it was announced that Fantasmic! would return to Walt Disney World in 2022 after over two years shuttered. And though we don't know exactly when Fantasmic! will be coming back to Disney's Hollywood Studios, the west coast version of this show returned to Disneyland Park on May 28, so hopefully, the Walt Disney World version of the show will be returning soon as well. 

Work is still continuing on the stadium at Disney's Hollywood Studios, as a permit was just recently filed for improvements in the area. In addition, the moat where the show takes place has been refilled with water and some of the stage equipment has been set up in anticipation of a reopening in the near future. 

We now know that Fantasmic! will include a new show sequence which will replace the current Pocahontas scene. It is set to be slightly longer, contain technical enhancements and will feature the following characters; Pocahontas, Mulan, Elsa, Aladdin and Moana with each getting their own time to shine within the sequence.

Nothing has still been announced just yet, but with several other entertainment options returning this month, it seems like a reopening for Fantasmic is imminent, we're just waiting on a date. 

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