These Ride Closures Could Seriously Affect Your Disney World Vacation

Disney has made some major reopening announcements recently!

Splash Mountain is being re-themed!

A couple of long-term closures will finally be ending soon in Magic Kingdom, but you’ll still want to watch out for 2 thrill rides that won’t be available in Disney World for a while. Check out everything that’s going to be closed in Disney World next week here!

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Now that you’re ready with the perfect Disney ‘fits, check out our full list of what’s going to be CLOSED in Disney World next week.

Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is closing on January 23rd for a long refurbishment. The ride is being re-themed to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, with a Princess and the Frog theme!

Model of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at the 2022 D23 Expo

The new ride will reopen sometime in late 2024.

Click here to learn all about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.

The Tomorrowland Light & Power gift shop is still closed for refurbishments, and Disney hasn’t announced when it’ll reopen. For now, it’s scheduled to be closed for all of next week.

Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.

In the meantime, guests who visit Space Mountain are being directed to exit the ride a different way.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Enchanted Tales with Belle is where guests could previously help Belle tell the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Disney announced recently that this attraction will reopen on February 19th, 2023!

Meet Ariel at Her Grotto

One Disney princess meet-and-greet is returning SOON. Ariel’s Grotto will be open in Fantasyland starting on January 22nd.

Ariel’s Grotto

So if you’re visiting Disney World next week, you’ll be able to go inside and chat with the Little Mermaid. It looks like Disney has added a Lightning Lane sign to this attraction, so check for it on Genie+ if you choose to buy that service in Magic Kingdom.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids is still closed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Kali River Rapids

This water ride closed on January 9th. It’s currently showing operating times on Disney’s website starting on March 17th, so the attraction may reopen on that day — we’ll continue to watch for more updates.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

This Little Mermaid-themed stage show has been closed in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a long time now.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney hasn’t announced when or if the Voyage of the Little Mermaid will reopen.

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Cool Wash

Cool Wash temporarily had a new sign that re-named the spot “Refreshment Kiosk,” but that sign has been removed. The snack kiosk is still closed and blocked off by several plants.

Cool Wash

Disney hasn’t announced when Cool Wash will reopen, but we’ll watch for any changes.

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Disney World Hotels

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Narcoossee’s is an upscale seafood restaurant at the Grand Floridian, and it’s been closed for several months now.

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

This restaurant will reopen sometime in 2023 with an “enhanced dining experience.” We’ll be watching for Disney to announce a more specific reopening date.

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Disney World Water Parks

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is closed in Disney World, and Disney hasn’t announced when it’ll reopen.

Typhoon Lagoon Entrance

Disney World’s other water park, Blizzard Beach, is open!

Check out our full guide to Typhoon Lagoon here.

Looking for more resources to help you get ready for your upcoming trip? Check out these posts to learn all about Disney World’s rides:

We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news, so stay tuned to DFB.

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