Update: Walt Disney World Rides Closing for Refurbishment in 2020

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Update 1/12/20: MuppetVision 3D will be closed for refurbishment starting January 26, 2020, and will reopen February 8, 2020.

Update 2/3/20: The Walt Disney World Railroad Now Confirmed Closed Through August 1, 2020.

Update: 2/25/20: Spaceship Earth will be closing for refurbishment on May 26, 2020. No reopening date has been announced yet.

Disney Parks already made it very clear: 2020 will be a year of park refurbishments. That means a lot of our favorite attractions will be closed down.

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort for 2020, we at Inside the Magic want you to plan accordingly and have proper expectations for your experience. So here are the Walt Disney World rides you can expect to be shut down at some point in the first seven months of 2020 (January 1, 2020 – August 1, 2020).

Magic Kingdom Attractions Closed for Refurbishment

Magic Kingdom
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Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, & Fantasyland Stations

Main Street USA Train Station
Magic Kingdom entrance. Credit: WDWLive
  • Closes January 5, 2020
  • Remains closed through August 1, 2020.

Splash Mountain

splash mountain
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  • Closes: January 6, 2020.
  • Reopens: February 28, 2020.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Roller coaster
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  • Closes: May 4, 2020.
  • Reopens: May 21, 2020.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss Family Treehouse
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  • Closes: April 27, 2020.
  • Reopens: May 4, 2020.

EPCOT Attractions Closed for Refurbishment

epcot spaceship earth
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Test Track

test trak epcot
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  • Closes: January 13, 2020.
  • Reopens: February 27, 2020.

Spaceship Earth

Concept Art for Spaceship Earth's Refurbishment
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  • Closed: May 26, 2020
  • Opens: TBD

Animal Kingdom Attractions Closed for Refurbishment

Tree of Life
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Kali River Rapids

Khali River Rapids, Animal Kingdom
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  • Closes January 6, 2020.
  • Reopens: March 21, 2020.

Hollywood Studios Attractions Closed for Refurbishment

MuppetVision 3D

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  • Closes: January 26, 2020
  • Reopens: February 6, 2020

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be closed between January 13, 2020, and March 28, 2020.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will be closed before January 1, 2020 and will reopen January 13, 2020. 

Remember: This is only the current refurbishment schedule for the first seven months of 2020. We will update this piece as Disney updates its schedule in order to keep you informed.

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Are you upset with any refurbishment? Are there any ride closures that affect your Walt Disney World Vacation? Let us know in the comments!

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