2 Long-Term Closures in Disney World Finally Have END DATES!
Published: February 11, 2024
FINALLY! Two long-term closures that have plagued Disney World for a WHILE are going to come to an end within the next couple of months.
Let’s check out these exciting updates and take a look at ALL the temporary closures and refurbishments that will affect Disney World from February 11th through the 17th.
At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 1900 Park Fare is a table service restaurant where you could meet characters at their Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. This restaurant has been closed for a long time, but Disney has finally announced an opening date and BIG changes coming soon!
1900 Park Fare will reopen with NEW dining offerings starting April 10th, 2024. One of the signature menu items here is the Floridian Strawberry Soup. Luckily, Disney announced that this menu item will RETURN!
And as part of the reopening, there’s another big announcement — new characters will be available to meet at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Aladdin in his Prince Ali look, Mirabel, and Tiana in her new look for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will all be present to “celebrate the power of a wish.”
For breakfast and dinner, you’ll be able to enjoy a buffet meal. There will be new menu offerings available that pay homage to the new characters and their stories.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will be reopening on March 17th, 2024!
The water park has been closed since November 2023 while Disney worked on some refurbishments and spruced up the place. While the park was closed, visitors could instead go to Blizzard Beach Water Park, which was still open — but that’s about to change too.
Blizzard Beach will be closed as of March 17th, 2024, so March 16th will be your last day to squeeze in a visit if you want!
The water parks may close when it’s especially cold outside, so keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app to double-check that one is open before you go.
Those aren’t the only current closures in Disney World, though. Check out this list to see more rides, restaurants, and attractions that are currently being affected by refurbishments.
Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bear Jamboree closed on January 27th, 2024, for refurbishment.
Disney announced that a NEW show is coming to Country Bear Jamboree, with the bears learning an all-new act. The new show should open THIS SUMMER.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this attraction as it’s closing down, check out these Country Bear Jamboree Collectible Plushes on Amazon!
The set comes with three collectible plushes: Teddi Barra, Big Al, and Henry.
The Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island
The Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer’s Island has been completely missing for several months. When it first went missing, we asked a Cast Member what was going on. They told us that it had been removed for repairs and would be back soon.
We’ve checked back every single day, but every day we’re disappointed to see that it’s still gone! There’s no word on when the bridge might return.
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
Tomorrowland Terrace is a quick service restaurant that’s remained closed since the 2020 pandemic-related closures, but even before that, this spot was only occasionally open.
This restaurant’s location is prime real estate, just off Main Street, U.S.A., by the entrance to Tomorrowland. It seems like it’d be a no-brainer to reopen it so that guests have more options for eating and can take advantage of that huge dining room!
Once in a while, you’ll see the dining room open as a rest area (and it’s still being used for the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties), but it’s usually all roped off and empty. Disney hasn’t announced when this spot could finally reopen, but we’ll be watching for updates.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Splash Mountain closed over a year ago for a long refurbishment. The ride is being re-themed to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, with a Princess and the Frog theme.
The new ride will reopen sometime in 2024. Disney originally said “late 2024,” but in recent updates, they’ve removed the “late” and are just going with “2024” — does that mean it could open SOONER? We’ll be watching for more updates on the opening timeline.
…and a Tiana tee as well!
You can shop both tees (and lots of other Disney merch) at our online store.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed on January 8th, it won’t reopen until the summer of this year.
Although we don’t have an exact reopening date yet, we know that it’ll be at least a few months before the ride reopens. Last year, when the ride closed around this time (on February 20th, to be exact), it reopened on May 26th.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Well, it’s official — Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed in Disney World. We had suspected this was the case for some time (as it hasn’t actually been open for a few years now), but now the permanent closure has been confirmed.
Disney is going to introduce a NEW show in this spot, though it will still be themed to the animated movie The Little Mermaid! The new show will be called “The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure” and is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Fall 2024.
It will be a “fully reimagined theatrical production inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids usually closes early in the year for refurbishment since water rides like this tend to be less popular during the winter months when it’s colder than usual. No one wants to get soaked if it’s chilly outside! In 2024, it closed on January 8th.
Disney has announced that Kali River Rapids will be closed through mid-March. Right now, Disney’s calendar shows that this ride should reopen on March 16th, but Disney hasn’t officially confirmed this as the reopening date.
Restaurant Marrakesh is still closed in the Morocco pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase, and there’s no word yet on when it might reopen.
The restaurant is kind of open right now — it’s functioning as a lounge with just a couple of drink options. However, we’re still waiting for the full restaurant to reopen!
Disney World Hotels
Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
The Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is going to be closed until late March 2024.
During this time, Disney says that “guests are welcome to swim in any of the five leisure pools” at Caribbean Beach Resort.
Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
The Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter will be closed from January 2024 to April 2024.
If you’re staying at this hotel during the pool’s closure, you can still go swimming at the Ol’ Man Island Pool at Port Orleans Riverside.
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:
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- What It Takes to CHANGE a Disney World Ride
- 9 of the SCARIEST Rides in Disney World, According to YOU!
- A FULL LIST of the Thrill Rides in Disney World!
- The Ultimate Guide to the BEST and WORST Seats On EVERY Magic Kingdom Ride
We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news, so stay tuned to DFB.
Are you visiting Disney World this week? Let us know in the comments!
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