A number of refurbishments are coming up at the Walt Disney World Resort in early 2022, so if you have a trip planned for the beginning of the year, we recommend doing a little extra planning to make sure your must-do’s will be open this winter. Disney’s Blizzard Beach will be closing for a refurbishment when the Typhoon Lagoon water park opens (for the first time since it closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020).
In addition to Blizzard Beach’s upcoming refurbishment, Guests traveling to Walt Disney World in early 2022 will want to note the ending of Disney’s Magical Express complimentary motor coach service between the Orlando International Airport and Disney resorts. While the service officially ends on January 1, 2022, return trips to the airport will run through January 10, 2022. Replacements for Disney’s Magical Express have already been announced as well, and include Mears Connect and the aptly themed Sunshine Flyer.
In terms of transportation while at the Walt Disney World Resort, buses, watercraft, and monorails are available to take resort Guests between their hotels and each Disney park, including the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, along with Disney Springs and the property’s two waterparks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
The newest form of transportation, the Disney Skyliner, also operates for Guests traveling to EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and four Walt Disney World Resort hotels including Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
For those planning a trip to Walt Disney World January 23-28, 2022, it should be known that the Disney Skyliner will not be operating as EPCOT’s International Gateway (aka the back entrance between England and France in World Showcase), Disney’s Riviera Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will have their stations closed for a brief refurbishment. Bus and Friendship boat transportation will continue to be available for Guests traveling to these destinations during this time.
We do not expect this downtime for the Disney Skyliner to last any longer than it is currently planned to, however if anything changes we will be sure to update you here on Disney Fanatic.