Rides Closed at Disney World and Anticipated Reopen Dates (2017-2018)

Being open year-round and having so many attractions and facilities makes it pretty much impossible for Walt Disney World to have 100% of their attractions open 100% of the time. To keep things safe and looking like new, attractions need to be regularly maintained and sometimes refurbished. Below is a quick listing of the rides closed at Disney World and their anticipated open dates (for new attractions), reopen dates (for refurbished rides) and close dates (for the dearly departed rides). When planning your trip to Disney World, be sure to do a little research to be sure your favorite rides are all up and running so you can have the most magical experience possible without the unfortunate surprise of closed Disney World rides that you were looking forward to.

As always, it should be noted that ride availability dates can be subject to change, so be sure to check the official Disney World website for specific ride info.

Reopen Dates for Disney World Closed Rides, Attractions and Restaurants:

  • Echo Lake (Feature; Hollywood Studios) Est refurb September 6, 2017-TBD
  • Splash Mountain (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est closed August 28-November 16, 2017
  • Hall of Presidents (Show; Magic Kingdom) Est reopen TBD
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (Water Park) Est closed October 30,2017-January 6, 2018
  • Typhoon Lagoon (Water Park) Est closed January 7-March 17, 2018
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (Show; Magic Kingdom) Not closed, but now a seasonal attraction
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Restaurant; Magic Kingdom) Est closed February 28-March 2,. 2018

Permanently Closed Disney World Attractions, Rides and Restaurants:

  • Pizza Planet (Restaurant; Hollywood Studios) Closed January 2016
  • Lights, Motors, Action! (Show; Hollywood Studios) Closed April 2016
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Ride, Hollywood Studios) Closed April 2016
  • Streets of America (Attraction; Hollywood Studios) Closed April 2016
  • Shark Reef (Attraction; Typhoon Lagoon) Closed October 2016
  • Main Street Electrical Parade (Parade; Magic Kingdom) Closed October 2016
  • The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic (Show; Animal Kingdom) Closed September 2016
  • Writer’s Stop (Restaurant; Hollywood Studios) Closed October 2016
  • Starring Rolls Cafe (Restaurant; Hollywood Studios) Closed February 2017
  • Disney Quest (Attraction; Disney Springs) Closed July 2017
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe (Restaurant; Disney Springs) Closed August 2017
  • Great Movie Ride (Ride; Hollywood Studios) Closed August 13, 2017
  • Universe of Energy (Park Section; Epcot) Closed August 13, 2017
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure (Show; Epcot)  Closed August 13, 2017
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil (Show; Disney Springs) Closes December 31, 2017

Open Dates for New Disney World Rides, Attractions and Restaurants:

  • Toy Story Land (Themed Park Section; Hollywood Studios) Est open Summer 2018
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Themed Park Section; Hollywood Studios) Est open 2019
  • Tron Lightcycle (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • Ratatouille ride (Ride; Epcot) Est open TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy ride (Ride; Epcot) Est open TBD
  • New Mission: SPACE restaurant (Restaurant; Epcot) Est open TBD
  • New Main Street USA live theater (Attraction; Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Ride; Hollywood Studios) Est open TBD
  • Star Wars-themed hotel (Resort) Est open TBD
  • Disney Riviera Resort (DVC Resort) Est open 2019
  • Disney Skyliner (Transportation; Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Resorts) Est open TBD


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