Disneyland Refurbishments 2022 – What is Closed at Disneyland Right Now

To keep Disneyland magical every day of the year then sadly our favorite rides, entertainment and sometimes restaurants require brief refurbishments to keep things sparkling for guests.

Some Disneyland refurbishments happen yearly due to holiday overlays or seasonal trends but some tend to happen as needed! It always helps to have an idea of what rides may be closed during your trip to avoid any surprises when you arrive.

Keep reading for all the information on current Disneyland ride closures, seasonal overlays and more.

Why Does Disneyland Close Rides?

A necessary piece of a functional and safe theme park is that rides will have to go through routine maintenance. If you consider the park is open every day of the year and these rides are running from open to close, it is logical they would need to close them from time to time for updates. Not everything can happen after dark when the guests leave for the day and require more time to keep things safe.

Sometimes refurbishments are planned when a ride is going to receive updates, re-theming or seasonal overlays. These ride refurbishments are often announced in advance so guests know ahead of time before their trip.  It's a good idea to check for these closures before you arrive to prepare yourself and any kids that may be traveling with you. You don't want to race to Haunted Mansion in excitement just to find out it will be closed during your visit!

Keep reading to find out about all the planned refurbishments Disney announced along with seasonal closures that take place each year.

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Current 2022 Disneyland Refurbishments and Reopening Dates

One way you can stay up to date on Disneyland's closures is by checking the daily calendar for your visit which will help you see what may not be available the day of your visit. Not everything is listed on this calendar though as Disney may announce closures along with reopening dates via their blog and social media. The lists below detail every ride closure and reopening date we know of currently!

Mickey's Toontown Closing Until 2023

Mickey's Toontown closed on March 9th and will be closed through 2023 for a large reimagining of this land that also includes the addition of the new attraction Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. This also means that all attractions inside Mickey's Toontown will remain closed during this Disneyland refurbishment such as Mickey's House, Minnie's House, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Goofy's Playhouse, Gadget's Go Coaster and Donald's Boat. Unfortunately, Chip ’n’ Dale Treehouse will not be returning when Toontown reopens.

This is a significant closure to keep in mind during the 2022 year. We don't have a reopening date quite yet and Disney has just announced that it will be in early 2023. It is likely we'll find out more as the date gets closer. Regardless, this is something to be aware of during your visit especially if you have small children that enjoy Toontown. You do have the option of many rides geared for little ones in Fantasyland in Disneyland and over on Pixar Pier in California Adventure along with other rides in both parks both adults and kids enjoy!

Disneyland Ride Refurbishments 

Below you can find a list of announced refurbishments for attractions at Disneyland Park:

  • The Disneyland Matterhorn is closed until October 14th.
  • “it's a small world” will be closed from October 24th through November 10th. It will reopen on November 11th as “it's a small world” Holiday as part of the holiday celebration at Disneyland!
  • Tarzan's Treehouse- No Reopening Date

Disneyland Entertainment Closures

  • Magic Happens Parade – Spring 2023 as part of the Disney100 Celebration Anniversary
  • Mickey and the Magical Map – No Return Date
    • There's a good chance this show will not return as the space is now occupied with the Tale of the Lion King in Fantasyland.

California Adventure Ride Refurbishments 

Below you can find a list of announced refurbishments for attractions at California Adventure:

  • Nothing right now!

California Adventure Entertainment Closures

  • Frozen: Live at the Hyperion – No Return Date
    • There's a good chance this show will not return based on cast member rumors that the entertainment was let go for this popular performance. Nothing has been confirmed by Disney either way.
  • Paint the Night Parade – No Return Date
    • This night parade hasn't run at California Adventure in a few years but due to its popularity it is likely to return at some point.

Seasonal Refurbishments

Seasonal refurbishments are often scheduled due to the holiday overlays at Disneyland. The two major holiday overlays happen at both Halloween and Christmas for it's a small world (it's a small world Holiday) and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Mansion Holiday.) To prepare for these lengthy refurbishments both of these rides need to close to put up the decor and then close again after the season to remove it. Here is a rough estimate of these ride closures along with other potential closures for other holiday overlays:

  • Haunted Mansion
    • Mid-August until first week of September
      • Opens by the start of the Halloween season
    • Mid-January until end of January
      • Usually only takes a week to remove the overlay
  • it's a small world
    • Mid-October until first week of December
      • Opens by the start of the Holiday season
    • Mid-January until end of January
      • Usually only takes a week to remove the overlay
  • Splash Mountain & Grizzly River Run
    • The best time to refurbish a water ride is in the winter so it's not unexpected to see Splash Mountain and/or Grizzly River Run close after the holidays and remain closed until the weather begins to warm up in April or May. Some years they may not close at all- it varies!

When Will Splash Mountain Close?

There has been no confirmed date set for the previously announced Splash Mountain retheming to Princess and the Frog other than it will open late 2024. Whenever Splash Mountain has shown up on the refurbishment calendar the discussion of whether or not this is the ‘big re-theming' comes up. Disney will likely formally announce when Splash Mountain will close for the re-theming project and it won't be snuck onto the calendar without informing guests.

Remember: anything beyond an official announcement from Disney is purely speculation. Splash Mountain is often seasonally refurbished in the winter months regardless so just because it may show up on the calendar may not mean it's closing for the Princess and the Frog project.

My speculation is we will it close after the holiday season in January 2023 but this is purely speculation!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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