May 2021 Refurbishments: 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 (May 6, 2021), we have compiled a list of 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

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover has reopened to guests. The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation is now back open after its refurbishment. Lastly, announced yesterday, The Wave…of American Flavors will close on July 15, 2021 for a refurbishment leading up to its reopening for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

May 2021 Refurbishments at the Parks

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Hall of Presidents – Reopening date TBD
    • Stitch’s Great Escape – Permanently Closed
    • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom – Permanently Ended
    • Walt Disney World Railroad – Reopening TBD
  • Animal Kingdom
    • Festival of the Lion King – Reopens in Summer 2021
    • Kali River Rapids – Reopens on April 2, 2021
    • Primeval Whirl – Permanently Closed
    • Rivers of Light – Permanently Ended
  •  EPCOT
    • No refurbishments scheduled
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • No refurbishments scheduled
  • Water Parks
    • Typhoon Lagoon – Reopening TBD (Likely Summer 2021)

Unavailable Entertainment at Walt Disney World


Magic Kingdom Park

  • Casey’s Corner Pianist
  • Citizens of Main Street
  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Flag Retreat
  • Happily Ever After
  • Let the Magic Begin
  • Main Street Trolly 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 Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • 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 Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • 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 Forever
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional
  • 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
  • Entertainment at Canada Mill Stage
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
  • Matsuriza
  • Meet Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhouse
  • Meet a Favorite Pal at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Meet a Wonderful Friend in the United Kingdom
  • Meet Belle in France
  • Meet Donald Duck in Mexico
  • Meet Joy Near Imagination in Future World West
  • Meet Minnie Mouse near World Showcase Plaza
  • Meet Mulan in China
  • Meet Pluto near Main Entrance
  • Meet Princess Jasmine in Morocco
  • Meet Ralph & Vanellope inside ImagineWorks at Epcot
  • Meet Snow White in Germany
  • Sergio
  • Serveur Amusant
  • Viva Mexico

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Donald’s Dino-Bash!
  • Festival of the Lion King – Reopening Summer 2021
  • Finding Nemo the Musical
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Harambe Village Acrobats
  • Kora Tinga Tinga
  • 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
  • Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe
  • Up! A Great Bird Adventure
  • Viva Gaia Street Band

Disney Springs

  • Exposition Park
  • NBA Experience at Disney Springs
  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  • Stargazers Live Entertainment

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • Atlantic Dance Hall
  • ESPN Club, Live Radio Sports Show
  • Jelly Rolls

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’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Yehaa Bob Jackson at River Roost Lounge

Disney Resort Hotels Scheduled to Reopen—and Currently Accepting Reservations

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Reopening May 30, 2021
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Reopening June 6, 2021
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – Reopening July 2, 2021
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Reopening Late July 2021

Resort Refurbishments

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

  • Samawati Springs Pool – Closed January 2022 – April 2022

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Guest Room Refurbishments – Starting April 2022
  • The Wave… of American Flavors & The Wave Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be unavailable this summer as we refurbish this space in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations will be available through July 15, 2021

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool Waterslide and Fort Themed Water Play Area – Closed April 12 – May 2021

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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

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Source: Disney

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