When Walt Disney World announced the Splash Mountain refurbishment earlier this year, many guests were thrilled to see it would happen in the fall and not the late winter. Well, it looks as if they may have rejoiced a bit too soon. The current downtime is scheduled to end at the Magic Kingdom in the middle of November, but it has now been announced that Splash Mountain will undergo another long refurbishment in early 2018.
As things currently stand, Splash Mountain has been closed since Aug. 28 of this year and isn’t set to reopen until Nov. 17. It appears as if things are on schedule and the popular attraction will be open for guests during the busy holiday season.
For those arriving after the new year, though, you’re going to be out of luck for quite a while.
According to the official website of Walt Disney World, Splash Mountain is scheduled to go down for refurbishment again beginning on Jan. 8, 2018. From there, it will be closed for close to another month and is tentatively scheduled to reopen for guests on Feb. 2, 2018. Looking at the schedule on its official page, it has no operating hours throughout that entire time.
Yes, after being for more than two-and-a-half months near the end of the summer and into the fall, the Frontierland mountain is going to be down against for more than three weeks.
For the past couple of months, Splash Mountain has had all the water drained out of it and scaffolding up around the outside. Work crews have been fixing things up, painting the outside, and making sure that all audio-animatronics and special effects are in good working order.
It’s hard to understand what could merit another long refurbishment so soon after this one, but it does appear to be happening.
Dates are always subject to change, and that can happen without any notice for all Walt Disney World refurbishments. It is possible for dates to be extended, shortened, or even canceled entirely without so much as a word.
Splash Mountain is one of the most popular attractions in all of Magic Kingdom, and its annual refurbishment typically happens in the early part of the year. When it was revealed that one would take place in the latter part of 2017, guests traveling in early 2018 thought they had been spared. Well, Walt Disney World has shaken things up and is shutting down the water ride for yet another refurbishment less than two months after this one ends.
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