November 2021 Refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort

Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, Mickey Mouse will join Minnie Mouse as hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. They will dress in sparkling new looks custom made for the 18-month event, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle on multi-toned, EARidescent fabric punctuated with pops of gold. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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 (November 1, 2021), we have compiled a list of November 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

October has seen the announcements of Live Entertainment and Meet and Greets returning to Walt Disney World Resort. Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse is listed as returning in November 2021, as well as two others (see below), but they have already began meeting and greeting guests for the first time in 19 months.

We have also seen the return of Live Entertainment in the following areas:

  • YeeHa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside
  • Kora Tinga Tinga and Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Matsuriza and Sergio at EPCOT
  • Casey’s Corner Pianist and Let the Magic Begin show at Magic Kingdom Park

Jelly Rolls has also returned to Disney’s Boardwalk weekends Thursday- Sunday with a $15 cover charge.

Finally, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter has reopened. Disney’s All-Star Sports is now the only resort yet to reopen since its closure in March 2020. While it remains closed, Disney announced it would be completing a refurbishment of the rooms and lobby, which is likely to be in-line with both All-Star Movies and Music.

November 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
  • 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 Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall – Returning November 2021
  • 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 Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theatre – Returning November 2021
  • Meet Peter Pan in Fantasyland
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall – Returning November 2021
  • 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 Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
  • 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 World Nature
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe
  • Viva Gaia Street Band

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • 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 Resort Hotels Scheduled to Reopen—and Currently Accepting Reservations

  • Disney’s All Star Sports – Closed indefinitely

November 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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