Popular Disney Resort Water Slide to Close in January

The holidays might be in full swing right now, but refurbishment season is right around the corner at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The combination of fewer crowds and cooler temperatures often leads to several refurbishments taking place each year in January, and on the calendar this year is some additional maintenance work for one favorite amenity in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area.


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The Lava Pool, or the main pool nearby the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is scheduled to close for a refurbishment on January 3, 2023. Disney has not announced any changes to the slide, and with a reopening timeframe currently planned for February 2023, we believe this refurbishment will only include routine maintenance work.

Disney’s official announcement on the upcoming closure of the Lava Pool slide per Inside the Magic reads:

To ensure our facilities are maintained to the highest quality standards, we conduct routine maintenance from time to time. The Lava Pool water slide at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be closed for refurbishment beginning Jan. 3, 2023. While Guests may see or hear refurbishment work in the area, the Lava Pool will remain available to Guests throughout the refurbishment; only the water slide will be closed. The Oasis Pool will also be available for use. The water slide will reopen to Guests in early February.

Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

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While the Lava Pool will remain open, Guests may notice work taking place on the water slide, so if construction seems bothersome during your stay, you may want to opt to visit the Oasis Pool instead.

The Lava Pool slide is not the only construction project on the calendar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The structure that formerly housed the Spirit of Aloha dinner show has been demolished, and work is currently underway at the site to build a new Disney Vacation Club tower. Disney has not yet confirmed an opening timeline for the new accommodations.


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Inside the Resort, Kona Cafe, one of the Polynesian’s table-service restaurants, just reopened from its recent refurbishment, debuting a new look and selection of new menu items.

You can always find the latest construction updates at your Disney Resort hotel ahead of your stay on, and we will report back with more information from the Polynesian as we have it here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."