These Disney World Attractions Are Closed to Guests This Month

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walt disney world railroad (left) kali river rapids (right)

If you are planning a Walt Disney World vacation this month, December 2021, you should know that not every Disney Parks attraction will be available as some are undergoing refurbishment.

Here is a list of the Walt Disney World attractions unavailable due to refurbishment for December 2021.

Walt Disney World Railroad

disney world railroad
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The Walt Disney World Railroad gives Guests the grand circle tour of Magic Kingdom. The unfortunate news is that it has been closed since December 2018, and therefore, has not given a grand circle tour in nearly three years. This had to be done in order for Disney World to begin construction and make way for the upcoming TRON attraction, which will be located in Tomorrowland once complete.

At this time, Disney World still has not announced a reopening date for the Walt Disney World Railroad, but thanks to the Walt Disney World refurbishment calendar, we can confirm the refurbishment is officially extended into 2022, meaning it will be closed for the entire month of December.

walt disney world railroad
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If you’ve never had the chance to ride the grand circle tour around Magic Kingdom, check out the official Disney description here:

Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Ride 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.

It’s a convenient—and nostalgic—way to get around Magic Kingdom park!!

Find a Station

You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:

  • Near the entrance to the park on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • The Frontierland station
  • The Fantasyland station

Kali River Rapids

kali river rapids
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According to the Walt Disney World refurbishment calendar on My Disney Experience, Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment through December 15, reopening to Guests on December 16. 

The official Disney World website describes this ride as:

Raft Down a Rip-Roaring River

Skim across an erupting geyser, drift below a canopy of lush vegetation and be whisked along fast-moving rapids. Graze gushing waterfalls and bedrock amid the raging current. Then, as the harmony of nature is disrupted, you’ll plummet down a dramatic 20-foot slope!

You Will Get Wet

You will surely get splashed on this attraction—and you may even get soaked. Guests wishing to remain dry are encouraged to bring a waterproof poncho, extra clothes or a towel to dry off.

Souk-al-Magreb

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Though this is not an attraction, many Guests love visiting the Souk-al-Magreb gift shop in World Showcase at EPCOT. Unfortunately, if you had plans to visit in December, the shop will remain closed.

According to the Walt Disney World refurbishment calendar on My Disney Experience, Souk-al-Magreb at EPCOT will be closed for the entire month of December, and into 2022.

magic kingdom monorail with cinderella castle and space mountain
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As always, refurbishments are subject to change. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the most up-to-date information on ride closures and refurbishments.

Are you visiting Disney World this month? Are you upset to see any of these attractions closed fo refurbishment? Let us know in the comments below.

If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next family vacation to experience the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — but aren’t sure where to begin planning, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our friends over at the Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel for a free quote.

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