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2013 Winter Ride Closures at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute


The winter of 2013 is seeing the usual spike in ride closures at Walt Disney World.

2013 DIsney World Ride ClosuresWith Disney World’s new web calendar, this is a little harder to figure out than it used to be.

(Well, with Disney World’s new calendar, everything is harder to figure out than it used to be.)

But here’s the  Disney World ride closings I know about:

  • Splash Mountain: closed until March 19
  • Mad Tea Party: closed January 7 until February 18
  • Kali River Rapids: closed January 6 until February 14
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: closed February 1 through February 7
  • Beauty and the Beast: closed January 1 through January 7
  • Disney Junior: closed January 14 through February 14
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: closed January 22 through January 24
  • The Barnstormer: closed January 29 and 30.

Every year rides are also closed for rehab and repair at other times as well, but the period after New Years and before President’s Day is the most predictable time for this to happen.

That’s why these weeks are dinged in this site’s rankings of the weeks of the year for first time visitors who may never return–why go during a time when you know you will miss some great rides?



1 Sarah { 01.13.13 at 6:05 pm }

WHICH park Is best to visit if its raining and you still want to enjoy your time There?

2 Dave { 01.14.13 at 7:57 am }

Sarah, honestly I like them all in the rain. The rain knocks down the crowds and makes for an overall faster journey through the rides. AK, and Epcot’s World Showcase, are probably the least rain-friendly parks. For some more of my thoughts on dealing with rain in the parks, see this: (ignore the part that’s about summer)

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3 Steven { 02.11.13 at 11:53 am }

I’m going wich park should I go to frist

4 Dave { 02.11.13 at 2:55 pm }
5 Ashlee { 06.19.13 at 9:00 pm }

This will be our 3rd trip to DisneyWorld with children ages 3 &5 and I have the flexibility to go in end of Jan/early Feb. I know that you rank this really low on your suggested times to visit, is this mainly because of the potential to miss certain “must-ride rides”. We are more in the princess and star wars/pirate stage of childhood with our two. Do you think we would be missing out or should we take advantage of minimal crowds and low prices? We will be back again the following summer and are looking into become DVC members. So our kids have plenty of DisneyWorld vacations left in their lives 🙂

6 Dave { 06.20.13 at 7:43 am }

Ashlee, I rank it low only because of the potential to miss rides–my rankings are for first-time visitors who may never return. If you will be able to come back and see those that were closed, then it is a great time to visit!

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7 Ann { 08.20.13 at 9:31 pm }

I will be using a 4 wheeled walker to extend my walking capability. What is done with walkers when you go on a ride? Any problems on parking lot trams, monorail, etc?

8 Dave { 08.21.13 at 9:17 am }

Ann, I routinely see wheelchairs and scooters at WDW, but not walkers. I’ve asked an expert to mosey by and weigh in…

9 Melissa { 08.21.13 at 12:53 pm }

Ann, I used to use forearm crutches at the park and the Cast Members will take care of your walker like they would a wheelchair. They will take it from you once you are on the ride vehicle and then bring it back to you when you get off the attraction. Lots of attractions load and unload in the same area so it will be in there when you return. If you unload in a different area it will be there when the ride is over as well. The Cast Members will take it there for you. You may have to remind then when you get off the attraction if there is a different Cast Member there waiting for you. You also shouldn’t have a problem on the monorail, they can even place a ramp down if you need it. I’m not sure about the trams because I haven’t used them in a long time. I hope that helps! I have more information about Disney & accessibility on my site if you want to check it out.

10 Dave { 08.22.13 at 10:16 am }

Ann, Melissa is the expert I asked to weigh in. Thanks, Melissa!!

11 elizabeth { 09.04.13 at 11:46 am }

Dave ….we will being going to WDW the week of 1/4/14 and realize that some rides will be closed. When do they post the rides that will be down? We don’t want to miss any of the roller coasters. This will not be our first time. How busy do you think part is on 1/2-3? Thank you so much! I love this site! Elizabeth

12 Dave { 09.05.13 at 7:05 am }

Hi Elizabeth, and thanks for the love!

On your questions–It will be nutso busy the 2nd-4th– see this:

On the rehabs, there’s no defined schedule for when any closures are announced. They likely will start trickling out in late October or early November…, and likely won’t start the rehabs til the 4th or later.

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13 Tina { 10.16.13 at 12:55 pm }

10/16/13. I am a disabled survivor of a 6 year battle with a rare, and recurrent female cancer. My husband and I are bringing our young daughter 10 and grandaughter 9 to WDW for our first time, 10/21 – 10/ 26 2013 . My daughters birthday is 10/25/13!
Due to the nature of my radiation damage etc., my disabilities are not obvious, howver they are documented. At the present time, is WDW accomodating persons with disabilities?

We are staying at the Windham ( which must have been called something else formerly, because it is an older hotel and I havent seen it in the older reference books that I have).
Because of the close proximity to Down Town Disney. We did not buy into any meal plans,
I just want to make sure we can eat good healthy food! I would like to do Epcot on 10/23, to see Boyz to Men! We arrive around 2:00 Mon 10/21/13 No reservations for meals.
The girls would like to go to the “Not So Scary Haloween Party”. On the bihrthday 10/25.
Any suggestion or information you have for me will be greatly appreciated.
We are not exactly schedule happy people, I’ve had enough scheduling to last a lifetime!
Is it feasible to obtain non park hopper tickets?
Sincerely , Tina

14 Dave { 10.17.13 at 9:57 am }

Hi Tina, yes, you can avoid park hopper tickets! And Disney helps with disabilities, even ones not at all obvious. It just changed its approach to doing so–see this for details:

15 Aslyn { 03.19.19 at 12:52 pm }

I never knew about any of the ride closings.

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