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EPCOT has been quite the ordeal, recently. The transformation is officially over now that CommuniCore Hall and Plaza are open, but the changes aren’t stopping there.


If you wander around EPCOT, you’ll likely still see ongoing construction. Near the Imagination pavilion, work is being done on an unknown attraction, the DVC lounge in the Imagination pavilion is getting updates, and Mission: Space is still getting a facade facelift. However, an all-new project is about to begin on Test Track while other refurbishments across Disney World continue.

Test Track

Test Track has officially closed as of June 17th for its reimagining.

Reimagining concept art ©Disney

Disney has shared that the new version of Test Track will take inspiration from the old ride, World of Motion, which was originally there when the park opened in 1982. Other than that, Disney hasn’t shared many other details about the project, including a re-opening date. We’ll be watching for more updates!

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We’re nearing the end of a few closures in Disney World, but many will continue this week. Take a look at what else will be closed during your trip to the parks from May 15th through May 22nd!

Magic Kingdom

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

We’re getting SO close to the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! The new ride will be themed to The Princess and the Frog, and it opens on June 28th.

View after the drop on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Annual Passholders, DVC members, Cast Members, and D23 Gold Members previews have begun! The walls finally came down on May 30th, and we finally got to ride it on June 7th after several shutdowns and evacuations.

Climbing the hill

Critter Co-Op and Tiana’s General Store will also be opening in Magic Kingdom near Tiana’s Bayou Adventure around the same time that the ride opens. We recently got a sneak peek of the new souvenirs, and y’all, they’re adorable!

Tiana’s Bayou General Store

There are so many details on the new ride, and we did a comparison of it to its predecessor, Splash Mountain. It’s a fun ride that still takes you over the huge drop!  Are you excited to ride Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?

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Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree closed on January 27th, 2024 for refurbishment. While the sign for the show has now been covered up for a while, we know Disney is hard at work getting the new show ready. New costumes and details have been shared recently that are getting us excited to see the new act!

Hey, pals!

Disney announced that a NEW show is coming to Country Bear Jamboree, with the bears learning an all-new act. The new show is set to open on July 17th!

With Country Bear Jamboree and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure closed, that leaves just Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tom Sawyer Island, and the Walt Disney World Railroad open in Frontierland.

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Tomorrowland Terrace

Tomorrowland Terrace was a quick-service restaurant that has remained closed since the 2020 pandemic-related closures, but even before that, this spot was only occasionally open.

Tomorrowland Terrace

Once in a while, you’ll see the dining room open as a rest area (and it’s still being used for the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties), but it’s usually all roped off and empty. Disney hasn’t announced when this spot could finally reopen, but we’ll be watching for updates. If you’re looking for a nice spot to work in Disney World, this could be it!

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Disney Vacation Club Lounge

The DVC lounge at the Imagination pavilion in EPCOT is closed for a short refurbishment.

Imagination Pavilion

The lounge closed on June 2nd and will remain closed until July 13th, 2024. While the lounge is closed a temporary DVC lounge has been set up in the Odyssey pavilion. You will still find snacks, drinks, and places to sit here, though only half the pavilion has been blocked off to be used as the lounge.

Lots of seating!

It’s still a great place for DVC members to take advantage of the air conditioning spot to relax.

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Restaurant Marrakesh

Restaurant Marrakesh is still closed in the Morocco pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase, and there’s no word yet on when it might reopen as a dining location. However, the restaurant kind of opened on May 1st. It is functioning as an Annual Passholder lounge from May 1st through June 26th.

Restaurant Marrakesh building

Even though we’re still waiting for the full restaurant to reopen, Annual Passholders will be able to enjoy the air conditioning, charging stations, and complimentary food and beverages. There may even be opportunities to meet “special friends” throughout V.I.Passholder Days, according to Disney. We still don’t know if it is permanently closed or if it could reopen as a restaurant, but we’ll take what we can get.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed on January 8th, but it’s officially opening once again on July 27th, according to the available times on Disney’s website!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Last year, when the ride closed around this time (on February 20th, to be exact), it reopened on May 26th. This year’s closure has been significantly longer, but we know that many of us Disney fans will be flocking to the park on July 27th so we can finally ride this roller coaster that we’ve missed so much!

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Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Well, it’s official — Voyage of the Little Mermaid is permanently closed in Disney World. We had suspected this was the case for some time (as it hasn’t actually been open for a few years now), but now the permanent closure has been confirmed.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney is going to introduce a NEW show in this spot, though it will still be themed to the animated movie The Little Mermaid! The new show will be called “The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure” and is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Fall 2024.


It will be a “fully reimagined theatrical production inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic.”

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Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach had its last open day on March 16th, 2024 before it closed for refurbishment. Blizzard Beach has nine attractions that we won’t be able to enjoy this week.

Blizzard Beach

While Blizzard Beach closed, Typhoon Lagoon opened on March 17th, 2024. The two water parks often rotate off and on for being open. Disney has not given a timeline for this new closure or how long Typhoon Lagoon will be open. We’ll be watching for any updates, though!

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Looking for more resources to help you get ready for your upcoming trip? Check out these posts to learn all about Disney World’s rides:

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9 of the SCARIEST Rides in Disney World, According to YOU!
A FULL LIST of the Thrill Rides in Disney World!
The Ultimate Guide to the BEST and WORST Seats On EVERY Magic Kingdom Ride

We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news, so stay tuned to DFB.

Click here to check out more upcoming closures and current construction projects at Disney World.

Are you visiting Disney World this week? Let us know in the comments!

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