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2016 Winter Ride Closures at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

Disney World rides can close for re-dos at any time, but the winter “ride closure season” from early January though mid-February is the most predictable time for Disney World rides to close for rehab and refurbishment.

Splash MountainSplash Mountain is the major attraction that most commonly closes in this period, with closures of a week, a month (most common) and several months.

So far–in great news–it looks like Splash Mountain will only close for a few days in 2016. A couple of other great rides are closed around the same time, however.

Here’s what we currently (think we) know about 2016 Disney World winter ride closures:

Magic Kingdom:

  • Splash Mountain closed January 6 – January 10
  • Liberty Belle Riverboat closed January 18 – 22
  • Space Mountain closed January 11 – 15
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin closed January 15 – February 11

Animal Kingdom – no known closings

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – no known closings

Epcot  no known closings

I’ll add more winter ride closures as they are announced…

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1 sharyn { 02.19.15 at 2:06 am }

Hi me and my daughter and planning on going to Orlando in 2016 in Mid February. What is the weather like that time of the year. What are the crowds like in all the theme parks.

Bye from Sharyn

2 Dave { 02.19.15 at 8:49 am }

Sharyn, see this: It’s about 2015, so you’ll need to adjust it based on different dates for President’s Day.

3 Smith { 08.27.15 at 2:21 pm }

None of this is legit. I have a friend who is a TA, the official list was updated today and NONE of this was on it. You may want to stop asking CMs and start talking to the travel agents you send clients to for this info as it seems they get weekly legit updates.

4 Katherine Schutte { 08.27.15 at 6:40 pm }

Dave’s information is very legit and it was completely 100% accurate when he posted it. As a travel agent myself, I am very familiar with the fact that Disney changes these schedules often and that is what happened in this case. Dave is indeed in contact with travel agents, myself included as well as many other insiders in the industry. In my professional opinion, he does a great job keeping a huge amount of information organized and current so it can be accessed by all who are planning a trip to Disney.

5 Dave { 08.27.15 at 6:49 pm }

Katherine, you rock! Smith, you are right that the latest TA stuff excludes these January closures. But its TA refurb schedule included them just a few weeks ago–see attached, from the Disney TA site a few weeks ago, which I got from a TA friend.


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