December 2021 Refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort

From time to time, Walt Disney World needs to temporarily close attractions, entertainment and resorts for scheduled maintenance, upgrades and re-imagineering.  Thus, we wanted to provide you with a list of the current closures. As of today (December 6, 2021), we have compiled a list of December 2021 Refurbishments and closures throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

While no one wants their favorite resort or attraction to be down for refurbishment, they are necessary for for safety and to keep things looking great. Additionally, you’ll want to visit the “Know Before You Go” page for the most up to date information.

Major Updates from last month

November has seen the announcements of Live Entertainment and Meet and Greets returning to Walt Disney World Resort. Meet and Greets have popped back up across almost all of the parks. Destination D23 brought the announcements that Disney’s Festival of Fantasy and Fantastic would be returning sometime in 2022. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare and Finding Nemo’s new show will also be reopening in 2022. Mickey’s Philarmagic also received a new Coco scene and I thought it was very good and was spliced seamlessly into the show.

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular is currently scheduled to reopen later this month on December 19, 2021, as well, which is great news.

Two resort dining options 1) Boatwrights’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and 2) Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

December 2021 Refurbishments at the Parks

November 2021 Refurbishments

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Closed October 11- November 12
    • Stitch’s Great Escape – Permanently Closed
    • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – Permanently Ended
    • Walt Disney World Railroad – Reopening TBD
  • Animal Kingdom
    • Primeval Whirl – Permanently Closed
    • Rivers of Light – Permanently Ended
  •  EPCOT
    • No refurbishments scheduled
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • No refurbishments scheduled
  • Water Parks

Unavailable Entertainment at Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Citizens of Main Street
  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade – Returning Early 2022
  • Main Street Trolley Show
  • Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus
  • Meet Ariel at her Grotto
  • Meet Alice and Wonderland at the Mad Tea Party
  • Meet an Out of this World Friend in Tomorrowland
  • Meet Characters from Aladdin in Adventureland
  • Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Side Show
  • Meet Dashing Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Side Show
  • Meet Gaston Near his Tavern
  • Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden
  • Meet Peter Pan in Fantasyland
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theatre
  • Meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger at the Thotful Spot
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Parades at Walt Disney World Resort


  • British Revolution
  • EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival – Garden Rocks
  • EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Celebrity Chefs
  • EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Eat to the Beat Concert Series
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
  • Meet Donald Duck in Mexico
  • Meet Joy Near Imagination in World Nature
  • Meet Minnie Mouse near World Showcase Plaza
  • Meet Ralph & Vanellope inside ImagineWorks at EPCOT
  • Serveur Amusant
  • Viva Mexico

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • BB-8 Astromech on Duty
  • Celebrity Spotlight
  • Citizens of Hollywood
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • Disney Movie Magic – Returning November 7, 2021
  • Fantasmic!
  • Green Army Drum Corps
  • Green Army Patrol
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Meet the Incredibles at Pixar Place
  • Meet Disney Junior Pals in the Animation Courtyard – Returning November 2021
  • Meet Sully at Walt Disney Presents
  • Meet the Toys in Toy Story Land
  • Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams – Returning November 2021
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Encounter Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Meet Chewbacca
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Donald’s Dino-Bash!
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Harambe Village Acrobats
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Meet Pocahontas on Discovery Island Trails
  • Meet Russell and Dug at Discovery Island
  • Meet Timon and Rafiki at Discovery Island
  • Pandora Drummers – Swotu Waya
  • Pandora Rangers
  • Viva Gaia Street Band

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • ESPN Club, Live Radio Sports Show

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Entertainment at Scat Cats Club

Disney Resort Hotels Scheduled to Reopen—and Currently Accepting Reservations

  • Disney’s All Star Sports – Closed indefinitely

Additionally, Club Level Amenities will be reopening at the following resorts

  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – December 16, 2021
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – December 16, 2021
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – January 20, 2022
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – January 27, 2022
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – February 3, 2022

December 2021 Refurbishments at the Resorts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

  • Samawati Springs Pool – Closed January 2022 – April 2022

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Guest Room Refurbishments – through April 2022
  • From January 9 through early April 2023, the Feature Pool and whirlpool spas will be closed for refurbishment. The water play area and Bay Lake Pool will remain open for your enjoyment. You may see and hear construction noise while this refurbishment is underway, but you should not hear noise from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenienc

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • From January 9 through early April 2023, Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and whirlpool spa will be closed for refurbishment. The water play area and Meadow Snack Bar along with the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool and its nearby whirlpool spa will remain open for your enjoyment. You may see and hear construction noise while this refurbishment is underway, but you should not hear noise from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay Tuned to Pirates & Princesses for updates and more details about Refurbishments around Walt Disney World Resort.

Are there any refurbishments you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below

Source: Disney

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