Disney World Ride Closures and Anticipated Reopen Dates (2022)

Last Updated on: November 18th, 2022

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:

Open Dates for New Rides at Disney World and Other New Attractions and Restaurants:

  • The Cake Bake Shop (Restaurant, Boardwalk) Est open TBD 2023
  • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Activity, Epcot) Est open TBD 2022
  • Tron Lightcycle (Ride; Magic Kingdom) Est open Spring 2023
  • Moana’s Journey of Water (Attraction; Epcot) Est opens late 2023
  • Wondrous China (Show; Epcot) Debuts TBD
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ (Restaurant; Hollywood Studios) Opens TBD 2022
  • Disney Vacation Club villas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Resort) Opens TBD late 2024
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Ride, Magic Kingdom) Est open late 2024
  • New Epcot nighttime spectacular (Fireworks show, Epcot) Debuts late 2023
  • New Moana Land (Park Section, Animal Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • New Zootopia Land (Park Section, Animal Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • New Coco Land (Park Section, Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • New Encanto Land (Park Section, Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • New Disney Villains Land (Park Section, Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD
  • Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge (Resort) Status of project uncertain
  • Play Pavilion (Park Section: Epcot) Est open TBD Rumored to be cancelled
  • New Main Street USA live theater (Attraction; Magic Kingdom) Est open TBD Attraction cancelled
  • Mary Poppins Attraction (Attraction; Epcot) Opens TBD  Postponed indefinitely
  • Beatrix (Restaurant; Disney Springs) Opens TBD Restaurant cancelled

Permanently Closed Disney World Rides, Attractions and Restaurants:

  • KiteTails (Show; Animal Kingdom) Closed September 30, 2022
  • Traveler’s Cafe (Starbucks) (Restaurant; Epcot) Closed 2022
  • ESPN Club (Restaurant, Boardwalk) Closed 2020
  • Jedi Training Academy (Show, Hollywood Studios) Closed 2020
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha (Show, Polynesian Resort) Closed 2020
  • The Wave (Restaurant, Contemporary Resort) Closed July 16, 2021
  • Mouse Gear (Shop; Epcot) Closed 2020
  • Ample Hills Creamery (Restaurant, Boardwalk) Closed 2020
  • Wolfgang Puck Express (Restaurant, Disney Springs) Closed Permanently in 2020
  • Primeval Whirl (Ride, Animal Kingdom) Closed permanently in 2020
  • Rivers of Light (Show, Animal Kingdom) Closed permanently in 2020
  • Phineas and Ferb Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure (Activity, Epcot) Ended February 17, 2020
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Show, Hollywood Studios) Ended February 22, 2020
  • Electric Umbrella (Restaurant; Epcot) Closed February 6, 2020
  • 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) Regular operation ended January 6, 2018, Permanently closed in 2020

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    Craig Smith
    I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.

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