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An Explanation of the Annual Walt Disney World Water Park Refurbishment

The four Walt Disney World Theme Parks are open 365 days a year. The same isn’t true for the two Water Parks. Each year in the cooler months, one of the Water Parks will close for several weeks. When that one reopens, the other Water Park will close.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Credit: Disney

Those weeks are spent making sure that everything is in good working order. It is more than just a fresh coat of paint. Water can cause a lot of damage over time, and by taking several weeks Disney knows that everything is safe and will remain safe for the year.

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Before the COVID-19 shutdown, the first Water Park would close near the end of October. It would remain closed for about nine weeks, and then reopen at the beginning of January. They would then switch, so that there would always be a Water Park open, weather permitting. The second Water Park would reopen in the middle of March. With things pushed back because it took so long for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to reopen, the schedule might not be the same in 2022.

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If you visit at the same time each winter, you will be able to visit both Water Parks every two years. That is because they rotate which Water Park will close first. For example, if you visit on December 1 each year and one year Disney’s Blizzard Beach is open, the next year it will be Typhoon Lagoon. The following year it will be Blizzard Beach once again.

Snowman family at Blizzard Beach
Credit: Paula K

One thing that you need to keep in mind if you plan to visit one of the Walt Disney World Water Parks during the colder months is that they can and do close because of weather. Most years there will be several days that the Water Park that isn’t being refurbished does not open because of cool temperatures.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Credit: Disney

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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