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What to Expect in Disney World During the Month of May

May brings whirlwind of excitement in Disney World! Lots of new magic will be coming your way if you are visiting Disney World this month! Disney Parks Blog just released new information on brand new “INCREDIBLE” experiences in time for the Summer of 2018!

Magical Happenings

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival will be ending this month, so be sure to check it out!

Weather in May

The month of May in the Disney Parks is HOT, HOT and probably even more HOT as the month goes on. OK, it’s not “July” hot, but it’s definitly getting there! Lots of sunscreens and lots of midday breaks are recommended. Here’s a link for the BEST RESTING SPOTS!

Crowds in May

Will there be large crowds during the month of May? Our friend, Dad, has the scoop right here: Dad’s CROWD CALENDAR for the month of MAY.

Refurbishments and Closures

It’s never fun to plan a trip to Disney World and then find out your favorite attraction is undergoing refurbishments. While there is still a ton to do, it’s still nice to have a backup plan. From attractions to dining to the resorts, if there are any refurbishments going on, we will list it here.

Please note that our information comes straight from Disney and sometimes this information changes daily. We will do our best to keep it updated.

MONORAIL

The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form or transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available. Ongoing until further notice.

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • Liberty Square Riverboat-Jan. 8, 2018 – TBD

EPCOT

  • The Circle of Life-Feb. 4, 2018 CLOSING PERMANENTLY

ANIMAL KINGDOM

  • Nemo, The Musical-Feb. 4, 2018 – TBD

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

  • No reported refurbishments

RESORTS

  • Caribbean Beach: This resort begins a lengthy refurbishment beginning in early May. Refurbishments include Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post. This process will be ongoing from May of this year until 2018. Find out ALL of the details you will need to know about this refurbishment right HERE: Caribbean Beach Refurbishment.; Disney SkylinerWhat to Expect in Disney World During the Month of May
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am. Will be going on through Fall 2018.
  • Art of Animation: Disney Skyliner
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9 am. Ongoing through 2018.
  • Boardwalk Inn and Villas: In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Ongoing until further notice.
  • Pop Century: In an effort to make future visits more magical, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is currently undergoing some refurbishment projects across the Resort. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available, including dining, merchandise and recreation locations. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Ongoing until further notice. Feb. 4, 2017 – May 7, 2018; Disney Skyliner
    We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.
  • Old Key WestRoom Refurbishments
    Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. Aug. 1, 2017 – Jun. 28, 2018
  • Port Orleans French Quarter: During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. All amenities including dining, merchandise and recreation locations will be available. Early January through late Spring 2018.
  • All Star MoviesDuck Pond Leisure PoolWhat to Expect in Disney World During the Month of May
    During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. In addition, the feature pool, Fantasia Pool, will be available. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation. Jan. 2 – Spring 2018; Rooms Refurbishment
    During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am. All resort amenities including dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation. Late February – Winter 2018.
  • Coronado Springs: Hard Goods Refurbishment. During this time, amenities including dining and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00 am daily. Through Summer 2019.
  • All Star MusicCalypso Pool
    During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation. In addition, Piano Pool will be available. Late February – Early March 2018.
  • Animal Kingdom LodgeJambo House – Payment Policy Pilot 
    Beginning February 12, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House will participate in a pilot where transactions will be handled with convenient, cash-free options. All purchases and services at the resort will accept MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay.

For more information on the new transportation options coming, check out: New Transportation Options

DISNEY SPRINGS

  • Roadwork
    Intermittent overnight lane closures, lane shifts, traffic congestion and noise impacts can be expected along Osceola Parkway / Victory Way.
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – reopening as Terralina Crafted Italian

WATER PARKS

  • None listed

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ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

There are lots of events going on this month, be sure to check the calendar right here: ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS CALENDAR.

  • May 4-May 6: The Summit- All Star Championship-Cheerleading
  • May 11-May 13: D2 Summit Championship-Cheerleading
  • May 18-May 19: Special Olympics Florida Summer Games
  • May 25-May 28: Memorial Day Soccer Tournament
  • May 26-May 28: Memorial Day Baseball Classic

Stay Tuned

Stay tuned to Walt Express for more May happenings and breaking news!! Check out what’s new this year on the DISNEY DINING PLAN!! This one is HUGE!

DISNEY EXPRESS LANE

As you can see there is a lot going on and a lot to talk about! Join the Disney Express Lane Facebook Group to discuss this and many other Disney related topics. We would love to see you there and meet you!

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Vanda Bean

Vanda is a Mom of 2 boys who is always thinking about or planning a trip to Disney World! Thanks to them and her work as a travel agent, she has become an expert on planning the perfect Disney trip and making wishes and dreams a beautiful reality. When she's not planning trips for others or visiting Disney herself, she graciously shares her knowledge and experiences here on Walt Express with our readers to help you plan your very own magical Disney vacation!
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