Disney World Ride Closures and Anticipated Reopen Dates (2020)

There is nothing worse than getting to a theme park only to discover your favorite ride or show is closed. Hopefully, I can help you avoid that issue with this handy rundown of Disney World ride closures and open dates….

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 current Disney World closures 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 Disney World ride closures and availability dates can be subject to change, so be sure to check the official Disney World website for specific ride info.

Disney World Ride Closures and Anticipated Reopen Dates :

  • Mouse Gear (Shop; Epcot) Est closed December 2019  -TBD
  • Electric Umbrella (Restaurant; Epcot) Closes TBD 2020
  • Splash Mountain (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est closed January 6, 2020 – February 27, 2020
  • Test Track (Ride; Epcot) Est closed January 13, 2020 – February 27, 2020
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est closed December 2018-TBD 2021?
  • Kali River Rapids (Ride, Animal Kingdom) Est closed until March 21, 2020
  • Primeval Whirl (Ride, Animal Kingdom) Only opens during ‘busy’ seasons
  • Muppetvision 3D (Show, Hollywood Studios) Closed January 20, 2020 – February 8, 2020
  • Big Thunder Mountain (Ride, Magic Kingdom) Closed May 4, 2020 – May 21, 2020
  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (Attraction, Magic Kingdom) Closed April 27, 2020 – May 4, 2020
  • Typhoon Lagoon (Water Park) Closed January 13, 2020 – March 28, 2020

Permanently Closed Disney World Attractions, Rides and Restaurants:

  • Club Cool (Restaurant; Epcot) Closed September 8, 2019
  • Bongo’s Cuban Cafe (Restaurant; Disney Springs) Closed August 18, 2019
  • Liberty Inn (Restaurant; Epcot) Closed July 8, 2019
  • Illuminations (Show; Epcot)  Closed September 30, 2019
  • Innoventions East (Attraction; Epcot) Closed September 8, 2019
  • Epcot Character Spot (Attraction; Epcot) Closed September 8, 2019
  • Fountain View (Starbucks) (Restaurant; Epcot) Closed November 24, 2019
  • Camera Center (Shop; Epcot) Closed 2019
  • Fountain of Nations (Attraction; Epcot) Closed September 8, 2019
  • March of the First Order (Parade; Hollywood Studios) Closed July 6, 2019
  • Mizner’s Lounge (Restaurant; Grand Floridian) Closed March 2019
  • Sweet Spells (Shop; Hollywood Studios) Closed April 15, 2018
  • 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) Closed January 6, 2018

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

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.