Have you considered what might go WRONG during your next Disney World trip?
We don’t mean to sound all doom and gloom, but we’ve found that considering some potential hiccups before a vacation can help that trip run more smoothly. Before you head out to the parks, make sure you’ve planned for what you’ll do if it starts to rain, what kinds of backup plans you may need, and how you’ll handle any meltdowns (from children or adults — hey, it happens). Right now, we’re here to help you be prepared for another potential bump in the road: rides, attractions, and hotels that are CLOSED. So here’s a complete list of what’s going to be closed this July in Disney World!
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Walt Disney World Railroad will continue its years-long closure in this park through all of July. All of the stations are closed, and the trains are not currently running (except for the rare engine tests we’ve seen). Disney hasn’t announced a reopening date for the attraction.
We’re not expecting the Railroad to reopen until construction wraps up on the TRON: Lightcycle Run rollercoaster over in Tomorrowland. This construction has interrupted the tracks in that area of the park, which means the train can’t run. We don’t have an opening date for TRON yet, but we’re hoping that Disney announces one soon!
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Enchanted Tales with Belle is also closed in Magic Kingdom, and this attraction does not have a reopening date yet.
You can sometimes find Belle at Princess Fairytale Hall, or spot her at the front of the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which runs through Magic Kingdom daily at 12PM and 3PM.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow
This character meet-and-greet location has been closed for a long time, but Disney finally announced that it will reopen sometime “in the coming months.” Although we don’t know the exact opening date, we’re excited to see Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy (the Great Goofini, as he’s known here) again soon!
In the meantime, we’re looking forward to meeting Peter Pan and Snow White in Fantasyland again when these characters return on July 10th. Disney also announced that Aladdin, Jasmine, Merida, Pooh, and Tigger will be making their return to Magic Kingdom for meet-and-greets soon!
Harmony Barber Shop
Did you know you can get your hair cut inside Magic Kingdom? The Harmony Barber Shop (a full-service barber shop) is located right on Main Street, U.S.A. It’ll reopen this month, on July 31st.
Reservations are open NOW for this experience. Here’s a quick look at the pricing: Adult Haircut — starts at $21; Child’s Haircut — starts at $20; My First Haircut experience — starts at $28; Beard Trim — starts at $8.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Exciting news! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique now has a reopening date! This Disney princess and prince salon will open in Magic Kingdom on August 25th, 2022.
The locations in Disney Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will reopen “at a later date,” according to Disney. Reservations for this experience (which is for kids ages 3 to 12) open sometime in early August. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have an exact opening date for those reservations.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Festival of the Lion King
The popular show A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King (a Broadway-style show featuring music from the beloved movie) will be closed from July 5th through the 15th.
When the show reopens on the 16th, it’ll actually return to being called The Festival of the Lion King, and some elements that have been missing from the show will be added back in! During the closure, performers will be practicing the Tumble Monkey scene (to Hakuna Matata) along with the aerial acrobatic bird scene (to Can You Feel the Love Tonight?), and both of those acts will once again be part of the show when it reopens.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
A few long-term closures are continuing in Hollywood Studios, including the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. This show, which tells the story of Princess Ariel, has been closed for a long time and still doesn’t have a reopening date.
In the meantime, you can find a Little Mermaid-themed attraction over in Magic Kingdom: Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid.
This fan-favorite nighttime show is still closed, and we don’t have a reopening date for it yet. The show has returned to Disneyland, however!
We do know that when Fantasmic! opens again in Hollywood Studios, it’ll have some updates including new characters and special effects.
Character Meet-and-Greets at Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars Launch Bay has been a bit of a ghost town for a while now, with only a few exhibits located inside. However, Disney announced that character meet-and-greets will be returning to this location on July 17th! Starting then, you’ll be able to meet Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and BB-8 here.
Also starting on July 17th, Lightning Lanes for these character meet-and-greets will be available on Genie+. If you purchase Genie+ for $15 per person per day, you can reserve Lightning Lanes at certain attractions around the parks. When you get to these attractions, you can skip the standby line.
Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular
This nighttime show, which includes projections on the Chinese Theatre at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, has been unavailable for a long time now. Disney hasn’t announced when it will return.
In the meantime, you can watch the Wonderful World of Animation show, which plays at the same location (the end of Hollywood Boulevard, by the Chinese Theatre) nightly at 9PM. Double-check the My Disney Experience app when you’re here to make sure this show is playing during your visit.
Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360
Canada Far & Wide in CircleVision 360 is located in the Canada pavilion (of course), and it’s currently closed. This spot closed to make room for the Appleseed Orchard booth at EPCOT’s upcoming 2022 International Food & Wine Festival.
Since the food booth is located inside the attraction, we’re not expecting Canada Far & Wide to reopen until the festival concludes on November 19th.
Disney World Hotels
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
A couple of restaurants at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are going to be closed in July. Victoria & Albert’s will reopen on July 28th, and reservations for this luxurious restaurant are available now. When it reopens, this spot will have some updates to both the menu and decor.
Narcoossee’s is going to close beginning July 14th — reservations for this restaurant are open through July 13th. Disney has said that Narcoossee’s won’t reopen until sometime next year, so it’s getting quite the refurbishment!
Disney’s Grand Floridian has some new Resort Studios, which opened at the end of June 2022. These DVC rooms have a Mary Poppins Returns theme.
You can book the new Resort Studios now — they’re open to both DVC members and regular guests.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is now permanently closed. In fact, the building where the show was located has been demolished.
Disney is in the process of constructing a new DVC building on the site where Spirit of Aloha used to be. The new building will have DVC villas, as well as some shopping and dining locations.
We’re expecting this new building to open sometime in late 2024. In the meantime, guests at the Polynesian Village Resort should expect to see and hear some construction during their stay.
Disney World Water Parks
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park opened for a brief time last year, but the park is now closed once again. Disney hasn’t announced yet when it could reopen.
If you’re looking for a way to cool off in Disney World this summer, head to Typhoon Lagoon — Disney World’s other water park. This park has a lazy river, several slides, and some new snacks to try.
There ya have it! Everything that’s closed for refurbishment in Disney World this July. There are a few ongoing projects for attractions that haven’t even opened yet, and you can check out some of those here. And don’t forget that some rides and attractions can close without advanced notice, such as when the weather is bad. Keep checking your My Disney Experience app to get real-time updates about what’s available in the parks.
We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news, so stay tuned with DFB!
Are you visiting Disney World this summer? Let us know in the comments!
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