Why January 10th Is Such a Big Deal at the Disney Parks This Year

Disney has had some major events recently, including the holidays, Disney+ Day, and the start of 50th Anniversary celebrations in Disney World.

Cinderella Castle

There’s another big day coming up very soon! January 10th is going to bring some MAJOR changes to the Disney parks, including ride closures, transportation changes, and new snacks. Here are ALL of the things that will be changing on that day.

It just so happens that a lot of the major changes coming to Disney parks are happening on the same day. So if you’re visiting Disney World or Disneyland after January 10th, be prepared for a few important changes.

Attraction Closures

Disney World

In Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain will be closing for a month-long refurbishment. This will last from January 10th through February 10th, 2022.

Splash Mountain

The refurbishment is just for routine maintenance, so we won’t be seeing the big Princess and the Frog updates quite yet.

Splash Mountain in Disney World

Splash Mountain usually closes down around this time of year for refurbishments, so this change wasn’t a huge surprise!


Disneyland has a few more refurbishments beginning on January 10th. Splash Mountain and Haunted Mansion will both temporarily close in Disneyland Park on this day.

Splash Mountain in Disneyland

Splash Mountain is expected to reopen sometime in the spring of 2022. Disney hasn’t said yet what the refurbishments will be on this attraction.

Splash Mountain Finale

Haunted Mansion has a much shorter closure, and it should be open again on January 21st, 2022. We’re guessing that this closure is to take down the Haunted Mansion Holiday decorations, since the holidays end in Disneyland on January 9th.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

In Disney California Adventure Park, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will close on January 10th as well.


This attraction is scheduled to reopen just a few days after its closure, on January 14th.

Attraction Changes

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Changing to Standby Queue

Back in Disney World, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT is switching from a virtual queue to a standby queue on January 10th.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Starting on that day, you’ll be able to wait in a standby line to ride Remy’s instead of getting a boarding pass for the virtual queue. The virtual queue will no longer be available (although Disney could always bring it back — we’ll keep you updated if that happens!).

Virtual Queue Entrance when it’s GO TIME!

If you don’t want to wait in the standby line, you can also purchase a Lightning Lane pass for this attraction. It’s a pay-per-ride attraction, which means it’s not included with Genie+. Instead, you can pay a separate fee (usually $15 per person for this ride) to skip the line.

Lightning Lane

Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently changed from a virtual queue to a standby line as well. The standby line for Rise of the Resistance is normally pretty long — it’s not unusual to see it at 2 hours or longer.

Click Here to Learn More About Pay-Per-Rides in Disney World

New Snacks

On October 1st, 2021, Disney World began celebrating their 50th Anniversary. We tried a TON of new snacks on that day, and most of those are still available in the parks!

Cinderella Castle

But starting January 10th, several of these 50th snacks will be removed from the menus and replaced with NEW snacks.

Mickey Mouse Dome Cake

Here are all of the snacks that will be LEAVING on January 10th:

Showtime with Jose

Widowmaker Sandwich

All of the new snacks that Disney has announced so far are coming to Magic Kingdom (with many of them replacing the ones that will leave).


Here are all of the new snacks COMING on that day:



We can’t wait to try these new additions! We’ll be bringing you full reviews as soon as they debut in Magic Kingdom.

Click Here to See Photos and Reviews of ALL the 50th Anniversary Eats and Treats

Transportation Changes

On January 10th, we will officially say goodbye to Magical Express. This is the last day that guests can ride a Magical Express bus from the Orlando International Airport to Disney World.

Magical Express bus

In the future, guests can choose between a few different transportation options to get from the airport to their hotel. The replacement service for Magical Express is Mears Connect, which is run by the same people who ran Magical Express. Another service called The Sunshine Flyer is also debuting, which will use buses designed to look like 1920s trains. Or you can always use ride shares like Uber and Lyft.

Mears Connect is one new option!

None of the replacement options are free, and the best choice for you will depend on your travel preferences and budget.

Click Here to See a Comparison Between the Two Services Replacing Magical Express

So January 10th is a BIG day for the Disney parks, with all kinds of different changes. Keep following DFB for more of the latest Disney news!

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