It makes me so sad when I hear people say after their Disneyland trip, “We got there and our favorite rides were closed.”
Refurbishments are a must and in order for the Disneyland Resort to maintain the look and safety of its attractions are known for, each ride much be closed once per year for regular maintenance. Typically, these closures take place during the off seasons to ensure the largest amount of attractions possible are available during the most crowded times at the Resort. Sometimes, however, like in the case of Thunder Mountain Railroad that is undergoing an extensive renovation, the refurbishment takes place over the course of many, many months and not weeks.
The good news is that it is pretty easy to find out which attractions will be closed during your visit. Simply click here to go to the calendar section of the Disneyland Resort’s website. Second, go to the day/month you want to visit and hover the mouse over a specific day. Then, click on “view daily schedule.” And finally, scroll all the way down to the “closed for refurbishment” section. There you will find a list of which attractions are scheduled to be closed during your visit.
When viewing this schedule, it is important to take note of a few things:
- This schedule is subject to change without notice and you will want to check again just before your visit.
- This schedule does not take rainy or windy weather into consideration. Rainy and/or windy weather can result in the temporary or full-day closure of some outdoor attractions.
- This schedule does not take into consideration attractions that may temporarily close during the course of the day. Sometimes attractions do break down or need to be closed during the course of the day for a variety of reasons but are brought back on line as quickly as it is safely possible. Closures can be caused by a variety of things, including the need to retrieve an item a guest has lost while on the attraction, a guest doing something he or she shouldn’t while riding the attraction (i.e. standing up, being naughty, etc.), a guest becomes ill during an attraction, or a sensor is triggered that alerts Cast Members that the attraction may not be safe for guests, something has landed on the track, etc.
That being said, checking the refurbishment schedule before your visit, along with the park hours and entertainment schedule can go a long way in helping to prepare your family for a truly magical trip to the Disneyland Resort.