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.
January 22, saw the closing of the classic attraction, Splash Mountain in order for Disney to begin its transformation to Tiana's Bayou Adventure which is slated to open in 2024.
In this month's refurbishment update a long-shuttered popular character meet and greet reopens, an iconic roller coaster closes for an extended refurbishment and at Disney's Magic Kingdom we still await news on rumors that one show and one experience may never return to Walt Disney World.
1. Enchanted Tales with Belle (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: March 2020 - February 18, 2023
One of the biggest attractions that has yet to return to operation after Walt Disney World's shutdown is Enchanted Tales with Belle. It has was announced in January that this popular character meet and greet will reopen on February 19. Late last year Disney filed a permit for “general construction”, which could mean that work has been done inside this attraction. We await further details of any modifications that have been carried out during its long closure.
2. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Dates: February 20, 2023 - Summer 2023
We heard at the end of December that popular Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will close on February 20, 2023 for refurbishment and is currently not set to reopen until Summer 2023.
With news of this extended refurbishment on the official Walt Disney World website, this has naturally got Disney fans speculating further about whether Aerosmith will remain and if Disney is looking to replace this classic with a new theme. Disney has so far not confirmed whether a change of theme is on the cards and we will bring you further details regarding this if and when it is announced.
3. Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom)
Dates: January 1, 2021 - April 2, 2023
It was announced in September 2022 at the D23 Expo that that the much-loved night time show, Happily Ever After would officially return to the Magic Kingdom in 2023. We now have confirmation that Disney's Enchantment will have its last show on April 2 making way for the return of Happily Ever After on April 3.
4. EPCOT Forever (EPCOT)
Dates: September 29, 2021 - April 2, 2023
Although details are still scarce regarding the new night-time spectacular which is expected to debut at EPCOT later this year, as already rumored, EPCOT Forever will return on April 3, to fill in the gap.
EPCOT Forever originally debuted on October 1, 2019 to bridge the gap between the closure of Reflections of Earth and opening of Harmonious on September 29, 2021.
5. Kali River Rapids (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: January 9, 2023 - March 17, 2023
Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom closed on January 9, for its annual refurbishment. This as usual is expected to be an extended refurbishment and according to the Walt Disney World refurbishment calendar is currently slated to reopen on March 18, 2023.