Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule for 2024

by | Dec 29, 2023 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, Downtown Disney

We’re sharing a full Disneyland refurbishment schedule for early 2024 at the theme parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney District.

Before you plan your next visit to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, make sure to do your research – you don’t want to miss out on your favorite attractions, dining experiences, or even resort hotel because it’s currently under construction! A quick glance at the latest refurbishments happening across Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and the resort at large can help you figure out what’s open, what’s closed, and what will be brand-new just in time for your vacation.

Below, we’re sharing the latest details for ongoing ride refurbishment, resort construction, and more with a look at the Disneyland refurbishment schedule for late 2023 and early 2024.

Disneyland Resort Refurbishment Schedule

Here’s everything you need to know about refurbishments at the theme parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney District during the first months of 2024.

Disneyland Park Closures and Refurbishments

Disneyland Main Street Cinema

Photo by Ashlee Tan

In early 2024, the following attractions will be undergoing refurbishment at Disneyland:

  • Astro Orbiters (closed in November 2023)
  • “it’s a small world” (closes January 7; reopens January 19)
  • Haunted Mansion / Haunted Mansion Holiday (closes January 22)
  • Mark Twain Riverboat (closed in September 2023)
  • Sailing Ship Columbia (closes January 8, reopens January 11)
  • Splash Mountain permanently closed
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse permanently closed

One of the biggest refurbishments happening in 2024 is taking place at the Haunted Mansion. While this attraction always closes for a few days or weeks in January for its annual refurbishment (and to remove the seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay), this year’s closure will be much longer. With changes announced for both the ride queue and exit, it’s expected that the Haunted Mansion will likely be closed until summer or fall, depending on how extensive the work is.

Tarzan’s Treehouse is an Adventureland staple that’s been closed since September 2022. This closure is permanent; it’s been reimagined with different theming into the Adventureland Treehouse

Splash Mountain, a staple of Critter Country, has also officially closed for good. The ride is being reimagined into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is expected to open in late 2024. 

Additionally, Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland remains closed. It’s unclear when this attraction might reopen, or if Disneyland ultimately has other plans for this attraction.

In addition to the above attractions that are closed in late 2023 and early 2024, these Disneyland restaurants are also undergoing refurbishment:

  • Blue Bayou (closes January 7, reopens January 20)

Disney California Adventure Park Closures and Refurbishments

California Adventure Carthay Circle

Photo by Brian Shih

Throughout the final months of 2023 and the first months of 2024, the following attractions will be closed for refurbishment at California Adventure:

  • Beast’s Library in the Sorcerer’s Workshop inside Disney Animation – permanently closed
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind (closes January 22)
  • Grizzly River Run (closes January 8)
  • Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

While there’s not a reopening date available for any of the above attractions just yet, it’s assumed they’re each undergoing a seasonal refurbishment. These may be longer closures, but all are scheduled to fully reopen sometime in 2024.

Beast’s Library, which was located inside the Sorcerer’s Workshop in the Disney Animation building, is the only permanent closure so far for 2024. This former attraction is being reimagined into a new location for the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar, which as of now has no anticipated opening date.

Downtown Disney Closures and Refurbishments

The Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort is currently undergoing a lengthy renovation that will ultimately transform the selection of entertainment, restaurants, and shopping available here. Here’s a look at the current Downtown Disney closures and refurbishments for late 2023 and early 2024:

  • Catal Restaurant permanently closed
  • Uva Bar permanently closed

Both Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar are permanently closed, and their former locations are currently under construction as they transform into two new dining destinations: Paseo and Centrico. These two new restaurants will feature menus created by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan.

While much of the refurbishment work on existing – and open – restaurants beyond the future Paseo and Centrico is complete, you may still find construction work taking place throughout the Downtown Disney District. That’s because permanently closed spots like the old AMC Theaters are being transformed into new dining and entertainment offerings. As you head towards the old Rainforest Cafe (now Star Wars Trading Post) and ESPN Zone (now a pop-up shop), you’ll likely encounter ongoing construction.

Disneyland Resort Hotel Closures and Refurbishments

Disneyland Hotel

Photo by Danny Shuster

Currently, there’s some construction taking place at two of the hotels at the Disneyland Resort. Here’s a look at the closures or ongoing refurbishments you’ll encounter if you visit during late fall 2023 or early 2024.

Disneyland Hotel

At the Disneyland Hotel, a space that’s sat closed and empty since 2021 is about to undergo refurbishment. Steakhouse 55, the former fine dining restaurant inside the hotel’s Convention Center building, will be transformed into a lounge. 

Currently, both the former Steakhouse 55 lounge and the restaurant itself are closed. However, as work begins to reimagine both spaces, Guests can expect some construction walls to go up near Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. It’s uncertain when, exactly, work will begin, but the closures are currently already in effect.

Paradise Pier Hotel (Pixar Place Hotel)

Paradise Pier Hotel is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom reimagining. By January 2024, this hotel will no longer bear any of its old theming (which was inspired by Paradise Pier inside California Adventure) and will instead become the Pixar Place Hotel. When complete, this transformation will introduce Pixar characters, stories, and magical touches from the guest rooms to the pool deck to the new restaurants and shops located inside. 

If you’re planning to visit the soon-to-be former Paradise Pier Hotel ahead of January 30, 2024, you can expect to encounter some construction and ongoing retheming projects. However, the hotel is open to Guests, and its brand-new restaurant – Great Maple – will be available ahead of the official opening date.

For more information about the current happenings at Disneyland Resort, check out the latest news here.

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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