7 Construction Updates to Plan for in Disney World This Week

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re still reeling from our preview of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and it seems like everywhere you look something new is popping up in the parks! Not only that, but Disney has been keeping us on our toes with a whole slew of exciting announcements. With so much going on in Disney World, it’s important to keep up on all the major projects — so let’s take a look at the biggest Disney World construction updates from this week!


TRON: Lightcycle Run

We finally got to see more ride vehicle testing over at TRON! Our friends over at AllEars.net caught some of the vehicles being tested.

And to top it all off, Walt Disney Imagineering shared the first full-speed test run of the rollercoaster in a new video as well! This is the next step in the testing process, and soon weighted dummies will be added to the vehicles as well.

There’s still no word on when TRON: Lightcycle Run might open, so stay tuned to DFB for the latest updates!

Check Out Everything You Need to Know About the TRON Ride!


Journey of Water—Inspired by Moana

Slowly but surely, things are taking shape at EPCOT’s first immersive, water-based walkthrough attraction, Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana. Crews are placing more rock formations in the construction zone…

Journey of Water construction—Early May 2022

… and we’ve even got some updated concept art from Disney!

Journey of Water Concept Art © Disney

Currently, there’s no official opening date for this attraction, but we’ll let you know as soon as Disney shares and update on the exciting new addition!

Check Out MORE Concept Art for EPCOT’s ‘Moana’ Attraction

Country Pavilion

If you’re making your way to Disney’s Land Pavilion, you might want to know that one of the escalators is currently out of commission!

Land Pavilion escalator

For now, guests will have to use the stairs or elevator to get from floor to floor here.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania Gift Shop

Guests exiting Toy Story Mania have been rerouted through an exit detour for quite some time, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon.

Toy Story Mania exit queue

Disney is renovating the Toy Story Mania Gift Shop — but into what? So far Disney has stayed quiet on exactly what will happen to the location!

Click Here to Find Out More About What’s Coming to Toy Story Land

Disney Resorts

Disney’s Grand Florida Resort

Work is continuing on the new DVC Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort, and there is quite a bit of scaffolding Alles over the exterior of the Big Pine Key building.

Grand Florida’s Big Pine Key building

Disney has stated that the renovations are scheduled to be completed this summer, but we’ll keep an eye out for any major updates!

Click Here to See the Grand Flo Villas Concept Art!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you’re heading to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort any time soon, you might want to know that quite a few walkways are closed off to make way for brand new DVC villas.

Spirit of Aloha is closed.

For now, guests will have to take the scenic route around the Polynesian. The renovations are scheduled to be completed in late 2024so stay tuned!

Here’s What We Know About the NEW Polynesian Villas

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

We spotted some deck resurfacing going on over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.


We’re not sure how long these refurbishments will take, so be sure to stay tuned to DFB for updates.

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Disney World is always changing, but one thing is for sure — we’ll be bringing you the latest updates you need to know, so stay tuned to DFB!

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