2022 Disney World Attraction Refurbishments (Video)

Disney has announced refurbishments coming to several of its attractions in Walt Disney World Resort in 2022. These refurbishments are part of the resort’s continuous efforts to improve the guest experience. While some attractions will be closing for a short time, others will be unavailable for months at a time. Guests can look forward to new experiences at these beloved attractions when they reopen. Here is a list of the upcoming refurbishments and their expected completion dates.

Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sign
Fun Fact: The track layouts of the Disney World and Disneyland attractions are mirror images of each other!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Closing Date February 14th, 2022
Reopening Date February 19th, 2022

Starting on Valentine’s Day this classic Disney ride will be undergoing refurbishments that will last until February 19th, 2022. There are no new additions or alternations slated for the ride, so we believe this will just be cleaning and operations checks.

Splash Mountain Drop at Magic Kingdom
Fun Fact: The drops at each of the 3 locations that have Splash Mountain (California, Florida, and Tokyo) are different in both angle and height!

Splash Mountain

Closing Date January 10th, 2022
Reopening Date February 10th, 2022

Recent park guests have probably already noticed Splash Mountain being unavailable. Disney did announce that the Splash Mountain attraction would be turned into a Princess and the Frog attraction, but with such a short closure of just one month, this is most likely a routine systems check and cleaning. So, to all you die-hard Splash Mountain fans, take this as a warning to “soak” this attraction in as much as you can before Disney performs it’s complete makeover.

Fun Fact: The locomotives are steam-powered!

Walt Disney World Railroad

Closing Date 2018
Reopening Date 2022 – Exact Date TBD

With the development of the Tron attraction a Magic Kingdom, it became necessary to close the Walt Disney World Railroad attraction in 2018. With great progress on the tracks that weave through the new Tron attraction, the tentative reopening date is slated to be sometime in 2022. No official word has be released on the exact date, but as soon as we have official word from Disney, we will be sure to write about it on the DVC Shop blog.

Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest Track
Fun Fact: When you fly over this attraction, it’s hard not to get excited. You can see that this whole structure makes up one giant Mickey Mouse head!

Expedition Everest

Closing Date January 4th, 2022
Reopening Date Mid April, 2022

One of our favorite Animal Kingdom attractions will be undergoing scheduled maintenance from January 4th, 2022 to Mid April 2022. This scheduled closure will not include fixing the now, infamously, broken Yeti animatronic. When the attraction first opened, the Yeti’s arm would swing down towards the ride vehicle, adding to the terror of your expedition. This animatronic has been non-operational for quite some time, but with just a few months of refurbishment, it is most likely not on the schedule for repair.


There are currently no scheduled refurbishments in the 2022 calendar year for Epcot.

Hollywood Studios

There are currently no scheduled refurbishments in the 2022 calendar year for Hollywood Studios.

While news of Disney announcing refurbishments for some of its popular attractions in Walt Disney World in 2022 may be disappointing news to some guests, it is important to remember that these refurbishments will help ensure that the guest experience remains exceptional for years to come. The staff here at the DVC Shop will be sure to keep you updated on all the latest news and changes coming to your favorite theme parks, so stay tuned to the DVC Shop blog for updates on Disney parks and Disney Vacation Club resorts. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to know, so that you can plan your next Disney vacation with confidence!

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

One comment on “2022 Disney World Attraction Refurbishments (Video)

  1. Fav ride hands down is Peter Pan… it may not be as thrilling as the other rides but it was the first ride I went on when I first attended a park 7 years ago and it’s still a memorable one for me!

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