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How to Deal With…Construction, Refurbishments and Closings-Oh, My! on Your Disney World Vacation

You may have heard that there is a ton of construction and closures going on around Walt Disney World. That is somewhat true. There are tons of amazing new things coming, and that means that other attractions may have to be closed to make room for the great things to come. All of the attractions also periodically have maintenance and go down for refurbishments and enhancements so that guests get the most enjoyment out of them each and every time. It can get frustrating and seem like there is too much going on but don’t fret. You can still have a fantastic vacation and still have so many things to do while on property. Here are tips for how to deal with all of the construction, refurbishments, and closings:


6 – Review the closing/refurbishment schedule before you go.

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If you do a couple of google searches, you can easily find various closing and refurbishment schedules for Walt Disney World. You should definitely take the time to review these so that you can plan your trip accordingly. If certain attractions are the most important to you, you may need to adjust your dates so that you don’t miss them or minimally have your expectations set so that you or other members of the family aren’t disappointed when you learn of the closures. It is also an excellent tool to use to plan out your FastPass+ selections in advance, so there are no surprises when you actually go to make the FastPass+ selections online.

5 – Consider all activities and entertainment, not just the rides.

There is so much to do at each of the parks. Many guests are so focused on the rides that they forget about the shows and character interactions. Be sure to review the Times Guide in the My Disney Experience app and look for the other events that occur in each park. There are characters that come out throughout the day at various spots that you may not even realize. There is also other street entertainment and personalities that come out regularly to perform, including singing and dancing, with the crowd. The Times Guide will be your resource to make sure you don’t miss any of the magic and that you have tons of entertainment all day long, even if there are attractions that are closed.

4 – Visit water parks, golf, and more.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Typhoon Lagoon are closed. Blizzard Beach is now open. Click here to learn more about visiting Blizzard Beach during the phased reopening.

Don’t get stuck on just the 4 major theme parks. There are also 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. There are 2 different miniature golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney Springs. Between all of these locations, you have so much more to do than just what is going on in the parks. There could definitely be construction occurring at some of these places when you visit, but it feels less impactful than complete rides being shut down. It is also a great way to get to experience a different aspect of Disney World while still enjoying a lot of magic and fun with your family. We always try to plan a water park day during the week so that we can just focus on fun in the water and relaxation. It is excellent to get that break and mix up the type of fun we have during our stay.


3 – Plan a resort day.

I know you may think that you need to spend every single day of your vacation in the parks to get the most out of your vacation. It is always a great idea to plan a day to just enjoy the resort, especially if you are staying at a Disney Resort. The parks can be grueling and a ton of walking. Having a lower key day to recuperate and see the sights is also a great way to get away from the construction for a bit and not worry about it. You can even go and visit other resorts, too. Take a self-guided tour all over property and visit other resorts to experience all of the different themes, snacks, and entertainment that you can find at each resort. (Just remember that you can’t pool hop. You are restricted to the pool at your own resort due to the popularity of Disney pools.)

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2 – Enjoy recreation activities.

Need a break from construction and some of the cranes that you may see from time to time? Take a break to enjoy some of the other recreation activities. You can go horseback riding, go on a wagon ride, rent a boat to take out on the water, go fishing, go golfing, rent bikes or surrey bikes to ride around your resort, and so much more. Disney does a fantastic job of making Walt Disney World Resort, a place that has something for everyone and tons of entertainment and activities that allow you to do just about anything that you can think of. Do you want to go on a balloon ride? You can! Do you want to rent a pontoon boat on Bay Lake? You can do that, too! There is too much to do, so don’t let yourself get down about the construction or closures!

1 – Be positive and patient.

Hey, don’t forget… you’re on vacation. I know that sometimes certain aspects can seem frustrating or disappointing, but try to stay positive and patient. It isn’t worth letting closures or these disappointments negatively impact your vacation. You are there to spend a fantastic time with your family and the people you love, and you can still definitely do that and make a ton of amazing memories. You’ll have a much better vacation if you don’t sweat the small stuff, and you focus on being in the moment during your stay!

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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!