Disneyland Refurbishments 2023 – 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. Just updated with the latest 2023 Disneyland closures.

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 2023 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!

Disneyland Ride Refurbishments

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

  • Matterhorn closed on April 17th and will reopen on June 2, 2023
  • Hyperspace Mountain will return to Disneyland May 1st through June 4th. It’s likely we will see Space Mountain close the day before and after this limited run to change the ride over. Luckily, this doesn’t take more than a day or so.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight, Alice in Wonderland, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride will close on June 5, 2023. Alice in Wonderland and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride will reopen on June 16th. Peter Pan’s Flight will reopen on June 30th.
    • All three attractions that are closing are in the same show building. Previously the building has had roof work done when the attractions were closed. No specific details have been announced on any changes to these classic Disneyland attractions.
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse– No official reopening date announced
  • French Market closed on February 17, 2023 to be transformed into Tiana’s Place, opening in late 2023
  • Mint Julep Bar closed on February 17, 2023 and reopen with Tiana’s Place in late 2023
  • Splash Mountain – Closing on May 31, 2023 for Splash Mountain retheme. No reopening date has been announced yet. Read details on the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Princess and the Frog Attraction here.

Disneyland Entertainment Closures

California Adventure Ride Refurbishments 

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

  • The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will be closed starting on June 5, 2023 and will reopen June 8th.

California Adventure Entertainment Closures

  • Rogers: The Musical – Opens on June 30, 2023
  • 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
  • Grizzly River Run
    • The best time to refurbish a water ride is in the winter so it’s not unexpected to see 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?

Splash Mountain will be closing May 31st for the retheming to Princess and the Frog. No reopening date has been announced yet for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure aside from late 2024.

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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 content director 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 Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, 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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