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Will Construction Cramp Your Disney Trip?

Walt Disney World is constantly changing, growing, and involved which was Walt’s dream when he started Disneyland.  Because of this dream; however, comes construction.  Right now there are areas throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property that are under construction and will be under construction for a while.  The question is- will it cramp your Disney trip?

Let’s take a look at the different construction areas throughout Walt Disney World and see how they may, or may not, impact your upcoming trip.

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Tron:  Lightcyle Run

Over in Magic Kingdom, the construction for the upcoming Tron:  Lightcycle Run continues as construction workers are adding features such as concrete walls and railings.  We have seen the coaster run a few times, but this doesn’t mean that opening day is anytime soon.

So how will this construction impact your trip?  If you are a fan of the Walt Disney World Railroad you will be disappointed to know that it continues to be shut down due to the construction of Tron.

Guests can take in the construction for this highly anticipated ride by taking a ride on the Tomorrowland Speedway or the Tomorrowland People Mover booth which offer fantastic views of the amazing coaster. If can also get a good look over in Storybook Circus when waiting in line for Barnstormer.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

One construction area that we are thrilled to see mostly gone is around the highly anticipated new thrill ride in EPCOT which is Guardians of the Galaxy:  Cosmic Rewind.  AP Previews have started for this exciting ride so most if not all of the construction has been removed.

With an official opening date of May 27th, 2022, we aren’t surprised that most of the construction has been taken care of and we see signs installed and ready to welcome Guests to the galaxy.  We can’t wait to experience this first-ever reverse launch and omnicoaster!

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Connections Cafe and Eatery

Also coming to EPCOT soon will be the newest quick-service location of Connections Cafe and Eatery.  It has been announced that this new dining location will be opening this spring which is why we are seeing the construction slowly get picked up.

If you are trying to navigate around the front part of EPCOT, the construction area might detour you around what will be Connections Cafe and Eatery, but we hope that this won’t be an issue much longer.


Moana:  Journey of Water

EPCOT construction continues with the work on Moana: Journey of Water.  If you take a monorail ride around EPCOT, you are able to see the construction progress for this attraction coming to EPCOT.

As we haven’t heard a lot about this ride, we continue to watch the construction site to see what it might look like in the future.  Disney has yet to release an opening date for this attraction so it is a wait-and-see game at this point.

Construction will be visible from the monorail as well as you walk around the Park, but overall it shouldn’t impact your trip.

Disney's Polynesian Resort
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Resort might notice construction these next few years.  Disney announced that this iconic Disney Resort will be getting the addition of brand new villas.  The area is walled off to Guests currently, but besides some construction noise throughout the day, Guests shouldn’t be impacted by this construction.

These new villas will be located between the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  The new area is to feature an infinity-edge pool giving amazing views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom.

We look forward to seeing what this will look like during these next few years and can’t wait for it to open in 2024 Guests.

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Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Next door to Disney’s Polynesian Resort is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa which is also undergoing construction to bring 200 new Disney Vacation Club Villas to the Resort.

Like at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Guests staying at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will notice construction walls as well as slight noise during the day as they continue to make progress.

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Art of Animation

Overall Art of Animation, Guests will also notice some construction going on as Disney works to do an exterior refurbishment.  The Flordia sun and rain do a number on the exterior of buildings and Disney wants to keep them looking nice and fresh.

Guests will notice the construction material around the Resort and that the Righteous Reef Playground continues to remain closed at this point in time.

If you are concerned about construction, ask Cast Members when checking in to see if they could find you a room away from the area currently being worked on.

Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Land

After being under construction for years, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now seen as limited construction.  Right now Guests will notice that they are directed out a different exit when leaving Toy Story Mania as construction is being done on the Toy Story Mania Gift Shop.

We also see construction in Toy Story Land as work on the anticipated Toy Story-themed dining location Roundup Rodeo BBQ progresses towards the opening.  We can’t wait to experience this themed dining location!

Overall the construction in Toy Story Land won’t impact Guests’ experience in the land so no worries there.

Even though construction doesn’t look pretty and might disrupt that afternoon nap, we are glad that it is a sign of Disney constantly growing, adjusting, and keeping everything as magical as possible.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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