Disney has had some major events take place recently, including the holidays, Disney+ Day, and the start of 50th Anniversary celebrations in Disney World.
There’s another big day coming up very soon! January 10th is going to bring some MAJOR changes to the Disney parks, including ride closures, transportation changes, and new snacks. Here are ALL of the things that will be changing on that day.
It just so happens that a lot of the major changes coming to Disney parks are happening on the same day. So if you’re visiting Disney World or Disneyland on or after January 10th, be prepared for a few important changes.
In Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain will be closing for a month-long refurbishment. This refurbishment is expected to last from January 10th through February 10th, 2022.
The refurbishment is just for routine maintenance, so it looks like we won’t be seeing the big Princess and the Frog updates quite yet.
Splash Mountain can close around this time of year for refurbishments, so this change isn’t a huge surprise!
Click here to read more about the Princess and the Frog updates coming to Splash Mountain in the future.
Disneyland has a few more refurbishments beginning on January 10th. Splash Mountain and Haunted Mansion will both temporarily close in Disneyland Park on this day.
Splash Mountain is expected to reopen sometime in the spring of 2022. Disney hasn’t said yet what refurbishments will be taking place during this specific closure of Splash Mountain.
Haunted Mansion has a much shorter closure, and it should be open again on January 21st, 2022. We’re guessing that this closure is to take down the Haunted Mansion Holiday decorations, since the holidays end in Disneyland on January 9th.
In Disney California Adventure Park, The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will close on January 10th as well.
This attraction is scheduled to reopen just a few days after its closure, on January 14th.
Attraction & Entertainment Changes
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Changing to Standby Queue
Starting on that day, you’ll be able to wait in a standby line to ride Remy’s instead of getting a boarding pass through the virtual queue. The virtual queue will no longer be available (although Disney could always bring it back — we’ll keep you updated if that happens!).
If you don’t want to wait in the standby line, you can also purchase a Lightning Lane pass for this attraction. It’s a pay-per-ride attraction, which means it’s not included with the standard Genie+ $15 per day service. Instead, you can pay a separate fee to skip the line at this single ride.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios changed from a virtual queue to a standby line near the end of last year. The standby line for Rise of the Resistance can get pretty long. We’ve seen it be 2 hours long or sometimes longer.
Also, out at Disneyland, the Mickey’s Mix Magic show will be returning to Disneyland for a limited time starting January 10th.
The show features projections, lasers, and more.
Here are all of the snacks that will be GONE on January 10th (you’ll only be able to get them through January 9th, 2022):
- Not-Too-Late Tea from Cheshire Cafe
- Seven Dwarfs Specialty Cone from Storybook Treats
- Pecos Bill Widowmaker Sandwich from Golden Oak Outpost
- Showtime With José Dole Whip float from Aloha Isle
- Mickey Mouse Dome Cake from Gaston’s Tavern
All of the new snacks that Disney has announced so far are coming to Magic Kingdom (with many of them replacing the ones that will leave).
Here are all of the new snacks COMING on January 10th:
- 50th Anniversary Cinnamon Roll at the Main Street Bakery
- Slue Foot Sue Fish Sandwich at Golden Oak Outpost
- Always Tea Time Slush at Cheshire Café
- Donald Duck Dome Cake at Gaston’s Tavern
- Croque Monsieur Flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus
- Crooning Flowers Float at Aloha Isle
- Orange and Almond Tart at Pinocchio Village Haus
- A new version of the Cheers to 50 Years Sundae at Plaza Restaurant
We can’t wait to try these new additions! We’ll be bringing you full reviews as soon as they debut in Magic Kingdom.
On January 10th, we will officially say goodbye to Magical Express. This is the last day that guests can ride a Magical Express bus from the their Disney World hotel to the Orlando International Airport. Note that service from the airport to Disney World’s hotels through Magical Express has already ended. This will be the last day for rides from the Disney World hotels BACK TO the airport.
In the future, guests will be able to choose between a few different transportation options to get from the airport to their hotel and back to the airport at the end of their stay. One replacement service for the Magical Express is Mears Connect, which is run by Mears, the same people who ran Magical Express. Another service called The Sunshine Flyer is also debuting soon, which will use buses with designs meant to look like old trains. Or you can opt to use rideshare services, rent a car, or look at other options.
None of the replacement options are free, and the best choice for you will depend on your travel preferences and budget.
So January 10th is a BIG day for the Disney parks, with all kinds of important changes. Keep following DFB for more of the latest Disney news!
What do you think about all of the January 10th changes? Let us know in the comments.