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.
Last month we saw the reopening of the long-shuttered Enchanted Tales With Belle at the Magic Kingdom and the closure of the popular Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios for its extended refurbishment.
In this month's refurbishment we see one Disney water park reopen while the other closes again for further refurbishment and we see the continued closure of the classic Splash Mountain in order to undergo its reimagining to Tiana's Bayou Adventure which is set to open in late 2024. 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. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Dates: February 21, 2023 - Summer 2023
The popular Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will closed on February 20, 2023 for an extensive refurbishment and is currently not set to reopen until Summer 2023.
With news of this refurbishment on the official Walt Disney World website and recent allegations brought against Aerosmith lead, Steven Tyler, 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.
2. Blizzard Beach
Dates: March 18 - TBA 2023
Blizzard Beach reopened in November 2022 having been closed since January 2022 for refurbishment. At this point, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon closed for its annual refurbishment. It was announced this week that Blizzard Beach will close again at the end of the day on March 18 for further refurbishment with Disney's Typhoon Lagoon reopening on March 19.
Disney has not released a time line for this current refurbishment are we are therefore unsure when Blizzard Beach will reopen but we are hoping that we will see both Disney water parks operating at the same time in the near future.
3. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Dates: November 13, 2022 - March 18, 2023
It was confirmed last week that Disney's Typhoon Lagoon will reopen on March 19 having had its last day of the 2022 season on Saturday, November 12 and has since been closed for its annual refurbishment.
We also now know that Disney H2O Glow After Hours event at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon will resume on select dates from May 20 to September 2:
- May 20 and 27
- June 3, 10, 17 and 24
- July 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 31
- August 5, 12, 19 and 26
- September 2
Tickets for the Disney H2O Glow after Hours event can be booked from March 3, at $75 plus tax (adult) and $70 plus tax (child ages 3-9). Discounted tickets are available for eligible Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members for $59 plus tax (adult) and $54 plus tax (child ages 3-9). For further information visit the official website.
We are certainly hoping that at some point in 2023 we will see both Walt Disney World water parks up and running again together!
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