What Rides Are Closed At Walt Disney World And Universal Orlando?
Want to know what’s going to be closed while you’re visiting the theme parks? We’ve put together this list of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando closures and refurbishments. Refurbishments are temporary closures and can be subject to change without notice. Permanent closures are rides that are no longer active in the parks, and seasonal ones are those that take place annually.
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Magic Kingdom Refurbishments
Ah, the magical world of Disney! It’s a place where dreams come true and where childhood memories are made. But even the most magical of worlds needs a little sprucing up from time to time. That’s why Walt Disney World is no stranger to refurbishments. Let’s take a look at some of the refurbishments happening at the park, shall we?
Splash Mountain Makes a Splash with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
First up, we have the iconic Splash Mountain. This thrilling log flume ride has been a staple at Walt Disney World for years, but it’s time for a change. Say goodbye to Br’er Rabbit and hello to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! That’s right, this beloved ride is getting a princess makeover, with Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” taking centre stage.
Imagine sailing through the bayou, surrounded by colourful flora and fauna. Princess Tiana will join you on your adventure, sharing stories of her journey to become a princess. Get ready for some toe-tapping tunes and plenty of laughs along the way. The new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open in late 2024, and it’s sure to be a hit with Disney fans of all ages.
Getting Musical with the Country Bear Jamboree
If you’re a fan of old-school Disney charm, then you’re in for a treat. The classic Country Bear Jamboree is undergoing a transformation of its own. Don’t worry, though, it’s not going away for good! From Jan. 27 to summer 2024, the Country Bear Jamboree will be closed for refurbishment, but it will reopen as the Country Bear Musical Jamboree.
Get ready to tap your toes and sing along as the bears put on a show like no other. With catchy tunes, hilarious jokes, and animatronic antics, the Country Bear Musical Jamboree is sure to be a toe-tapping good time. So, mark your calendars and get ready to bear witness to this musical extravaganza!
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Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster
Are you a fan of mind-blowing music, high-speed rides, and the legendary rock band Aerosmith? Well, I have some news for you, and it might make you shed a tear or two. Brace yourself, because starting from January 8, 2024, the beloved Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be closed for refurbishments. The good news? It’s only temporary, and you’ll be able to enjoy this thrilling attraction once again in summer 2024.
The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure – Coming Soon
Get ready to experience an exciting new musical production coming to the Animation Courtyard Theater in 2024, where the iconic Voyage of the Little Mermaid used to be! Be prepared to be amazed by the fresh sets and mind-blowing effects that will enhance the timeless music and beloved story of The Little Mermaid. It’s going to be a show like no other!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Refurbishments
Hello fellow adventurers! Get ready to hold onto your hats (or Mickey ears) for a wild time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Kali River Rapids
It’s official – Kali River Rapids, the beloved water attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, will be temporarily closed from January 8, 2024, to mid-March 2024. Now, before you start wailing like a banshee, let’s take a moment to understand why this closure is necessary. Even the wildest of rivers need some tender loving care, and Kali River Rapids is no exception. Just like a majestic lion gets its mane brushed every now and then, this thrilling water ride needs a little sprucing up to ensure it continues to provide an unforgettable experience for all.
During this refurbishment period, the talented Imagineers will be hard at work behind the scenes, making sure every drop of water spouts at the perfect angle, and every animatronic creature roars with impeccable timing. They’ll be putting in some extra magic to enhance the overall experience, whether it’s by adding a splash of new paint or replacing worn-out props and decorations.
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Universal Orlando Refurbishments
Universal Orlando Resort, the magical destination that brings joy to millions of visitors each year, is always striving to provide the best experiences for its guests. Part of ensuring this is by regularly maintaining and refurbishing its attractions to keep them in top-notch condition. Let’s dive into the upcoming refurbishments at Universal Orlando and find out what exciting changes await!
Jurassic Park River Adventure
Attention all dino-lovers! The beloved Jurassic Park River Adventure will be temporarily closed from January 8th until February 1st, 2024. But fret not, it’s all for a good cause. With state-of-the-art animatronics and thrilling water-based action, this popular ride has been wowing guests for years. However, even the mightiest creatures need a little TLC from time to time.
During the refurbishment, Universal Orlando will be giving Jurassic Park River Adventure a well-deserved makeover. Expect enhanced special effects, updated audio, and vibrant new paint schemes that will transport you even closer to the prehistoric world. Rumors also suggest the addition of more realistic dinosaurs, so get ready to be awestruck!
This temporary closure might feel like an eternity for some, especially for those who can’t get enough of the heart-pounding excitement this ride offers. Hang in there, dear adventurers, for the wait will be worth it!
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
Calling all seafaring thrill-seekers! Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges will be undergoing refurbishment from February 2nd to March 15th, 2024. This exhilarating water ride has been drenching guests with rip-roaring adventures for years, and it’s time to give it some much-needed attention.
Prepare to be soaked, splashed, and thoroughly entertained as Universal Orlando works hard to enhance the Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges experience. New water effects, refreshed theming, and even some surprise encounters with favorite characters are among the anticipated improvements.
While the temporary closure may leave some water enthusiasts feeling high and dry, remember that good things come to those who wait. So, stock up on your waterproof gear and get ready to set sail on an even more thrilling river journey!
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