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.
In October we heard news of a reopening date for the long shuttered Blizzard Beach and on November 3, Fantasmic! officially returned to Disney's Hollywood Studios after lying dormant since March 2020 due to COVID-19 theme park closures.
In this month's refurbishment update we continue to wait for news on a reopening date for the Walt Disney World Railroad at Disney's Magic Kingdom. At EPCOT we will see a return of a long shuttered attraction due to the International Food & Wine Festival and we still await news on rumors that one experience and one show may never return to Walt Disney World...
1. Blizzard Beach
Dates: Now - November 12
Blizzard Beach closed for refurbishment in January for regular maintenance and Disney fans have been waiting very patiently for news of its reopening. It has been confirmed by Disney that Blizzard Beach will reopen on Sunday, November 13.
We were expecting to see Blizzard Beach reopen at the end of October but due to damage suffered as a result of Hurricane Ian there was a futher delay.
There has been news of work being done on a number of attractions at Blizzard Beach including Downhill Double Dipper, Snow Stormers, and Toboggan Racers on the Purple Slopes and the Runoff Rapids on the Red Slopes. We are looking forward to seeing exactly what has been done during the extensive 10 month refurbishment when Blizzard Beach reopens on November 13.
2. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Dates: November 13 - TBA
We now have a confirmed closing date for Disney's Typhoon Lagoon which is scheduled to have its last day on Saturday, November 12 before closing for its annual refurbishment from November 13.
We expected that this would be the plan, to close Disney's Typhoon Lagoon when Blizzard Beach reopened and that is exactly what Disney has chosen to do. We currently don't have a date for when we will see Disney's Typhoon Lagoon reopening but we are certainly hoping that early in 2023 we will see both Walt Disney World water parks up and running again together!
3. Disney's Enchantment (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: (Select nights when Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place) November 8 - December 22, 2022
Currently on the official Walt Disney World page it shows Disney's Enchantment as only being performed on certain nights and this is because of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which is set to kick off on November 8. If you are visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom and are wanting to catch Disney's Enchantment then be sure to check on the official page before you go.
Below is a list of nights for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which is when Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show will take the place of Disney's Enchantment.
- November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29
- December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22
4. Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: Now - TBA
Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed since the end of 2018 and though there have been further videos posted online of the continued testing, we still await official confirmation of a reopening date for this iconic attraction.
At the D23 Expo back at the beginning of September the Parks, Experiences and Products panel confirmed that TRON Lightcycle / Run is working towards a spring 2023 opening date. We expect the Walt Disney World Railroad will reopen alongside this new attraction so are still predicting an early April 2023 reopening date to coincide with the end of the 50th Anniversary celebrations and the potential beginning of Disney 100 Years of Wonder.
Although we had hoped that the Walt Disney World Railroad would be up and running again for the 50th Anniversary celebrations it looks more and more likely that this will not happen. We will keep you posted of any updates regarding the reopening date of the Walt Disney World Railroad here at Theme Park Tourist.