Rides Closed at Disney World and Anticipated Reopen Dates (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.

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

  • Typhoon Lagoon (Water Park) Est closed January 7-March 17, 2018
  • Kalil River Rapids (Ride; Animal Kingdom) Est closed January 2-February 9, 2018
  • American Adventure (Show; Epcot) Est closed January 15 to February 14, 2018
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Restaurant; Magic Kingdom) Est closed February 28-March 2,. 2018
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est closed February 26 to March 18, 2018
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est closed January 8 to July 19, 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) Closed December 31, 2017
  • Flights of Wonder (Attraction; Animal Kingdom) Closed December 31, 2017
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (Show; Magic Kingdom) Permanently Closed at the end of 2017…Maybe???

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
  • New UP Show (Show; Animal Kingdom) Est open Spring 2018
  • Terralina Crafted Italian (Restaurant; Disney Springs) Est open Early 2018

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