Here at Dole Whipped, we are dedicated to keeping you updated on all the latest Disney news. Join us this week as we talk about all the newest additions to the Walt Disney World Resort!
We continue our In Depth series with two sister Epcot area resorts, Yacht Club and Beach Club. Situated just outside Epcot’s International Gateway, these resorts are convenient and beautiful. Listen to find out what kinds of activities, dining, and amenities you can find at both these amazing resorts!
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This week we’re playing a little game of keep, refurb, remove. We have a scenario where we’re given three Disney attractions and we have to decide which we’d keep as-is, which we’d refurbish, and which we would get rid of entirely. Some of these were really tough!
Disney regularly releases the ongoing refurbishments and closures for Walt Disney World. Here is the most up to date information for September 2016. Please note that this is subject to change without notice.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Aug 8-Nov 18
Rock N Roller Coaster Oct 27- Nov 9
Pizza Planet Jan 19-Late 2016
Dinosaur July 25-Oct 16
Dino Institute Shop July 25- Oct 16
Blizzard Beach- Oct 23- Dec 24
Typhoon Lagoon Dec 25-March 11
Monorail through Summer 2016
All Star Sports Grand Slam Pool Oct 10-Dec 2
Boardwalk Villas May 16- Oct 31
Pop Century Computer Pool Oct 31-Jan 3, 2017
Port Orleans French Quarter Sassagoula Floatworks July 11- Late Fall
Wilderness Lodge general resort refurbishment and Cub’s Den closed through 2017
Yacht Club room refurbishments Oct 29- June 23, 2017
Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center Aug 4- Feb 1, 2018
Dolphin Hotel room renovations June- Sept 2016
Planet Hollywood through Fall 2016
Fulton’s Crab House- reopening as Paddlefish Fall 2016
Check back for updates to this information on closures and refurbishments.
Yes, we are prolonging the pain by separating the theme park refurbishments from the resort refurbishments but it is easier to read that way! And the list is not too bad so stay with me!
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Soft Goods Refurbishment Apr. 2 – Sep. 24, 2016
Disney’s All Star Sport Resort
Grand Slam Pool
During this time Guests may use the Surfboard Bay Pool, located near the main lobby.
Oct. 10 – Dec. 2, 2016
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Village – Kidani
Soft Goods Refurbishment Jul. 15, 2016 – January 2017
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Soft Goods and Bath Refurbishment Jan. 22 – Aug. 17, 2016
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Flying Fish Restaurant Reopening Aug. 14, 2016
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Room Refurbishments May 16 – Oct. 31, 2016
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
Beach Renourishment Project May 1 – Fall 2016
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Hard Goods Refurbishment Oct. 16 – Dec.4, 2016
During this time Guests may use the Hippy Dippy Pool or Bowling Pool.
Oct. 31 – Dec. 23, 2016
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment Jul. 11 – Late Fall 2016
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Routine Roof Maintenance
During this time Guests may see work in progress. Through Summer 2016
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge & Villas
General Resort Refurbishments
Due to extensive refurbishment projects, Guests will very likely see and hear construction work in various areas throughout their stay. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit work until after 9:00 a.m.
At this time, many popular areas will remained closed – including the Hidden Springs Pool (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), beach, marina, playground and more. In addition, certain pathways, like our nature trail, will be unavailable, and surrounding views may be altered. However, the recently renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool will remain open and boat transportation to Magic Kingdom park will continue to be offered.
Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) – unavailable Through 2017
Buena Vista Palace
General Resort Refurbishments
The pool is unavailable. The spa pool, located in the main tower will remain open for all guests. Additionally, neighboring hotels on Hotel Plaza Blvd. will allow Buena Vista Palace guests to use their pools during this time.
Through August 2016
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Guest Room Renovations
Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.
June – September 2016
Refurbishments are always a good and bad thing – good to spruce and fix up but sad when a favorite ride or attraction is not open when you are there.
Below are some upcoming refurbishments to be aware of while you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation! Stay tuned for more refurbishments on the resort side coming soon!
Magic Kingdom Park
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available. Through Summer 2016
Swiss Family Treehouse Jul. 6 – Sep. 24, 2016
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress Jul. 25 – 28, 2016
Liberty Square Riverboat Aug. 1 – 7, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016
“it’s a small world” Aug. 22 – Sep. 15, 2016
Pizza Planet Jan. 19 – Late 2016
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream Jul. 16 – 19, 2016
Voyage of the Little Mermaid Jul. 24 – 27, 2016
MuppetVision 3D Aug. 15 – 22, 2016
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
DINOSAUR Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Dino Institute Shop Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Planet Hollywood Jan. 6 – Summer 2016
Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish Apr. 4 – Fall 2016