Will Disney World Move Forward with its Construction Projects During the Coronavirus Closures?

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With the impending closures of all Disney Parks, we are all feeling a little bummed. Who are we kidding? We’re feeling a lot bummed!

Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Disney Cruise Line have announced closings because of the health concern and the Walt Disney World Resort and other theme parks in Florida are scheduled to close starting March 16 through the end of the month.  Disney Springs and the Resort Hotels on property are remaining open as of now, but things are changing quickly.

US Theme Parks Closed Coronavirus

Challenging news continues to surface due to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak that is disheartening. We recently learned that the Disney college program had to be cut short, leaving the participants scrambling to pack and head home. Some even left mid-shift, according to some twitter posts. Understandably so, with the rush to beat any potential travel restrictions for those that need to get back home and pack their things.

However, in the midst of the chaos, we’re working hard to find the silver lining! Which made us ponder, what about the construction at the parks? Should Disney take this opportunity to continue the work without having to worry about park hours or guests? Will we be pleasantly surprised when we are able to return seeing incredible progress on all the current projects the parks are working towards?

Here’s a list of projects currently underway that we think would be an epic welcome back to see completed!

Cinderella Castle Royal Makeover

As the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort approaches, Cinderella Castle is getting dolled up in a magical way! The royal makeover will include dazzling gold embroidery, bolder colors on the gray brick walls and blue spires as well as a dusting of rose pink on the central tower.

Cinderella Castle "Royal Makeover"
Credit: Disney

The spires have already started getting that fresh coat of beautiful royal blue paint as can be seen in this picture taken just recently.

Cinderella Castle Spire Paint
Credit: Emille / ITM

The Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary doesn’t kick off until 2021, but maybe we’ll get to enjoy that beauty completed a little sooner if Disney decides to continue the work during these upcoming periods of the parks being closed.

Related: Cinderella Castle’s Royal Makeover Has Officially Begun at Disney World!

TRON Lightcycle/Run

Another highly anticipated project is the addition of the TRON Lightcycle/Run attraction coming to Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.

Tron Lightcycle Rider Seat in Magic Kingdom now testing

Disney has been making strides in the construction of this attraction lately. Most of the track has been installed and the main attraction building is almost closed in. And that’s just what we can see from afar.

Related: TRON Lightcycle Seat Available for Testing

We would not be too mad if once the park opens again, it looks closer to being finished, or, actually finished! Some previews wouldn’t hurt either.


Currently, EPCOT is going through the biggest transformation of all the theme parks at Walt Disney World. Future World is a land of walls, buildings are being demolished, new attractions are being built, classic ones refurbished… it’s going to be a whole new world once it’s finished.

Epcot Overhaul
Credit: Disney

Even with real-life Disney magic, chances are this construction will take much longer than the two-weeks the parks are scheduled to be closed. That being said, it would be super cool to see fewer walls once the parks are back in business.

These are just a few of the things we’d love to see updated during this time the resort is closed. However, we want to make sure we point out that we completely understand the need for social distancing right now and that having crews working is probably not the most ideal situation.  But it’s free to dream, right?

Sending out positive health and well-being thoughts to all those who these park closures are affecting firsthand. We hope this situation is contained quickly so we can all go back to the magic and to looking forward to all the pixie dust and fun that awaits us at the most magical place on earth!

Do you have a wish list of projects you’d like to see completed for your next visit? Let us know in the comments so we can dream together! And don’t forget the hand sanitizer! 

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