September 2021 Refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort

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

Back in July, the Wave…of American Flavors closed for refurbishment. We now know the it will reopen as Stakehouse 71 at a date to be announced. Additionally, this month All Star Music set to open up September 15.

September 2021 Refurbishments at the Parks

  • Magic Kingdom
    • 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

  • Casey’s Corner Pianist
  • Citizens of Main Street
  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • 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 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
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
  • Matsuriza
  • 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 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
  • 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

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Donald’s Dino-Bash!
  • 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 (Closed Permanently)
  • 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 All Star Music – September 16, 2021
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside – October 14, 2021
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter – October 18, 2021
  • Disney’s All Star Sports – December 9, 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
  • First Floor Lobby – Closed from July 16 through Late September 2021. Front Desk and Concierge Services will be located on Second Floor.
  • 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 – Reopening Fall 2021? as Steakhouse 71
  • 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.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Lobby Refurbishment – June 28 through Late September 2021.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Monorail Service – Reopening TBD

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Lobby Refurbishment – June 28 through Late October 2021.

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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