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June 2022 Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Goodbye May… hello JUNE! As Walt Disney World fans flock to the Parks this summer, take note as we share a few refurbishments and closures you’ll want to be aware of before you go.

The Disney Parks are welcoming Guests with all sorts of summer experiences. At EPCOT, Guests can finally take a ride on the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster in World Discovery. Guests will also find the recently opened Connections Cafe and Eatery for yummy quick-service options and Starbucks coffee.

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Over at Magic Kingdom, Guests may not be able to enjoy TRON Lightcycle Run just yet, but we are thrilled with the return of the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Plus, Disney recently added a Belle meet and greet to its “temporarily closed” Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest is once again open after a lengthy refurbishment earlier this year, and Disney is once again preparing for the return of Tumble Monkeys and the Flying Birds at the Festival of the Lion King.

Let’s not forget about the excitement at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with fans rush in to experience favorites like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

There are however some experiences to note as you make your Disney Park getaway plans. Let’s kick off the list with a beloved Disney Water Park.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Slush Gusher (Credit: Disney)

It may be summertime, but one of Walt Disney World’s two Water Parks, Blizzard Beach, remains closed for refurbishment. We are thankful that during Blizzard Beach’s refurbishment, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is currently open, welcoming Guests. This summer, Typhoon Lagoon is also offering H20 Glow After Hours for Guests looking for an especially fun after-hours event. Blizzard Beach closed on January 1, 2022, and Disney has yet to announce when it will reopen.

Walt Disney World Railroad (Magic Kingdom)

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One day, we’ll be able to take Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park off of this refurbishment list. The attraction has been closed since December 3, 2018, to make way for TRON Lightcycle Run construction in the Tomorrowland portion of the Park. When will the train resume schedule? We have seen construction progress but the reopening is still a mystery.

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 (EPCOT)

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“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” (Credit: Disney)

EPCOT is preparing to welcome the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival beginning July 14 – November 19, 2022. With the incoming Festival, Disney has announced the closure of Canada Far and Wide in its World Showcase Canada Pavilion beginning June 27, 2022. The attraction typically closes during the Food & Wine Festival to make way for a Global Marketplace in the theater space. Last year, Appleseed Orchard Marketplace took up residency in the attraction space.

Top of the World Lounge (Disney’s Bay Lake Tower)

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If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, take note that the DVC Member Lounge at the top of Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is currently closed. The popular DVC lounge is currently being reimagined. Details of what the reimagining will entail and when the Disney Resort lounge may reopen have yet to be announced.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Disney’s beloved Deluxe Resort Hotel, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is currently undergoing refurbishment. The Resort is adding new Disney Vacation Club Villas to a portion of the Disney Resort Hotel. The construction began on March 1, 2022, with no competition date revealed just yet. Disney has said however that the new DVC Villas are scheduled to be available at some point this summer. Guests of the Resort may hear construction during daytime hours.

Narcoossee’s (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)

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Disney is also planning to reimagine its current Narcoossee Restaurant. Previously, Disney noted the refurbishment will begin on June 18, 2022, with June 17th being its final dining service. Now, the calendar shows Narcoossee’s remaining open through July 4, 2022, likely to allow Guests to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks from the restaurant windows.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Disney’s Art Rendering for New Polynesian Tower (Credit: Disney)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort isn’t the only Resort Hotel getting a facelift. Disney has announced the closure of the former Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show as it prepares to undergo construction on its new Disney Vacation Club Tower. Further details are slim but Guests have already started seeing early signs of mapping out construction at the Resort.

On the Horizon

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Journey of Water Inspired by Moana (Credit: Disney)

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What’s on the horizon for Walt Disney World Resort? EPCOT’s transformation of its four neighborhoods is well underway as Journey of Water Inspired by Moana is the newest attraction we’re keeping our eyes on as it’s in the early development stages.

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A Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests are awaiting eagerly the opening of the newly designed Finding Nemo show in the DinoLand U.S.A. portion of the Disney Park. The new show, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond, will be ready to welcome Guests in “Summer 2022”.

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Take note, also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney is preparing to officially welcome back the “Festival of the Lion King” beginning July 16. There will be a short closure of the show to transition away from “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” causing the show to be unavailable from July 5 to July 15.

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Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we’re awaiting word on when the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!” may return. Disney has promised 2022, but we still don’t know exactly when we’ll have a chance to watch Sorcerer Mickey battle against the Disney Villains.

As always, be sure to keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app regularly as refurbishments and closures adjust and change. We’ll see you at Walt Disney World Resort in June!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.