Magic Kingdom Construction Update: Closures and Refurbishments

Why I decided to visit the Magic Kingdom during Pro Bowl weekend, I do not know. While I was there I did happen to get photos of the many closures and refurbishments going on around the Kingdom. Thankfully we had FastPass+ and dining reservations already set for the day, or I’m not sure we would’ve been able to do much of anything. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was at a 210 minute wait while we were there, yikes!

The Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed for refurbishment since Januray 9th, and will remain closed until March 2, 2017. The Hall of Presidents is closed while they add in the new president and is scheduled to re-open June 29, 2017. Stitch’s Great Escape continues to operate on a seasonal basis and is not currently open at this time. Other minor work continues around the park including scrims up over the main entrance to the Emporium and work walls around the back section of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland. Both are open during construction.

See the full photo report below for more details and construction info and stay tuned for theme park news and updates!

It was very busy Saturday, guessing having the Pro Bowl in town had something to do with it

After going through turnstiles we can see the front of Main Street Train Station is covered by a scrim

Inside the park the station is not covered at this time

Some un-decorated scrims are up left side of station

Closer view of work on train station

Signs are posted outside the station, scheduled to re-open March 2, 2017

While the trains are not running we are still able to go up to the upper platform

Also on Main Street, the Emporium facade is receiving some attention

Large scrims are covering the front of the Emporium, but it is still open

Side view from the street

Chip ‘n Dale passing by during the Move It! Shake It! Dance Party parade

Over in Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents is closed for a show update

The show is scheduled to re-open June 29, 2017 with one new president installed

In Fantasyland the crane is back to take down Christmas lights from the castle

Looks like they’re more than halfway done removing the lights, but this is no easy task

Other train stations also have signs posted

Heading into Tomorrowland, work walls are up around part of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

Outdoor seating is being added. The restaurant is open during this renovation, but restrooms inside are currently closed.

Walls are up only along the backside of Cosmic Rays, facing Fantasyland

Also in Tomorrowland, walls are up around Cool Ship snackbar

Also, bit of Disney trivia: Did you know the ship at the top of Cool Ship refreshments is actually one of the two prop ships used during the filming of the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator, but painted red and decorated?

The snack bar is not open during this refurbishment

The private cabanas are still in Tomorrowland, but are scheduled to be removed by February 18th

Work walls are up in an area beside the Tomorrowland Stage

The stage is directly to the right of these walls

Frozone and Mr. Incredible getting down at the INCREDIBLES Super Dance Party

One last look at Cinderella’s Castle before we leave!

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