Disney is such a magical place for so many reasons — the views, the nostalgia, and of course, the food! However, for many of us, the most exciting part of Disney — like any other theme park — are the rides and attractions!
Lots of new and exciting things are coming to Disney in 2023, and we know many of you are planning your trip around those opening dates. However, be careful, because there’s something else you should be wary of when planning your trip.
Like anywhere else, Disney closes numerous rides and attractions throughout the parks for routine maintenance and upkeep — so that park visitors like us can be safe and enjoy the rides the same way we did when they were brand new.
There are several ride and attraction closures happening in 2023, and we’ve listed them all out for you! While most of them are expected to open again some time this year, just make sure you’re aware of those dates when planning so that you aren’t disappointed when you arrive. The good news is, many of these closures will be easy to avoid depending on when you’re planning a park visit.
Magic Kingdom Attraction Closures
Although Magic Kingdom doesn’t have many planned closures for 2023, it does have one of the longest planned closures.
As many of you already know, Splash Mountain permanently closed on January 23rd, 2023.
Although we were sad to say goodbye, the same flume-type ride is currently being reimagined to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is set to open in late 2024!
Merida Meet & Greet
Though it is not a ride, we do want to mention that the Merida meet-and-greet location in Magic Kingdom will close to make way for a new offering that will debut in fall of 2023.
The existing space that is currently home to Merida’s meet-and-greet will be “transformed with whimsical decor inspired by La Familia Madrigal,” where guests can meet Mirabel from Encanto!
Click HERE to find out more about these Meet and Greet CHANGES!
Hollywood Studios Attraction Closures
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
This fan-favorite thrill ride closed on February 21st, 2023. This is only for routine maintenance and upkeep, though, so don’t fret!
You can rock along with Aerosmith again sometime this summer — re-opening date to be announced.
Voyage Of The Little Mermaid
This live show featuring special effects, music, and characters from The Little Mermaid is an attraction that never made a return after park-closures in 2020. There is still no re-opening date set in place.
However, if you’d like to meet Ariel and Prince Eric, you can find them in Ariel’s Grotto in Magic Kingdom!
Blizzard Beach Water Park
Ever since the water parks first reopened, the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks have been operating on opposite schedules. When one opens, the other one immediately closes. Currently, Typhoon Lagoon is open, which means that Blizzard Beach is closed right now.
There is no timeline revealed for how long Blizzard Beach could stay closed.
There ya have it! Those are all of the 2023 attractions closures happening at Disney World — that we know of. Here at DFB we keep an eye out for things like this, so make sure to follow along for news and updates regarding all things Disney World and Disneyland!
Just like the attractions sometimes close, the resort pools do too! There’s a full list of Disney World pool closures that you can check out by clicking the link below.
Click here to see 2023 Disney World Pool Closures
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