It’s Not the Size of the Castle: Closed for Renovation

Much has been discussed lately about the refurbishments happening at Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park and, in fact, ALL of the closures and walls that are happening at the Disneyland Resort.

While some guests think that their vacation may be “ruined” by the closures, my opinion is that these closures are helping make vacations magical for years to come.

Being a resort that is heavily skewed toward locals and annual passholders affords Disneyland the luxury of being able to close popular attractions for months at a time, without much complaint from fans.

When someone says to me, “my favorite attraction is closed,” my reply (at least in my head) is, “good, that means that Disneyland is taking care of their attractions and keeping them in good working order.”

I also think some of this reflects the sense of ownership that many locals and annual passholders feel about Disneyland. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has stopped to pick up someone else’s trash on the sidewalk? This is OUR park, our home, and we want it to look good and stay looking good.

There have been times, such as the early 2000s, when maintenance was lax, but overall during the last 60+ years, the team at the Disneyland Resort has kept the parks looking fresh.

Of course, this does cause issues for tourists on their “vacation of a lifetime,” but luckily, there are more than enough wonderful attractions at the Disneyland Resort to fill a vacation…even when one or two are closed. During a two day stay, there is no way you can experience everything that the Disneyland Resort has to offer anyway, so just enjoy what’s available and know that you’ll be back again (because you will), and that closed attraction will be open, working, and just as beautiful as the day it debuted.

There are ways around it of course if you want to come during the busiest times of the year, but why put yourself through that. Come during the slower months and enjoy the lighter crowds, knowing that you run the risk of a favorite attraction being closed.

To the the locals that complain about the closures, I just have this to say: the next time your favorite attraction is closed, send a silent “thank you” to the maintenance department at the Disneyland Resort for doing their job, then go eat a churro. Churros make everything better.


Tom is the host and producer of the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast, plus Disneyland Editor of The DIS. He enjoys traveling with his wife and teenage son. At this point, their favorite destination is Alaska, with a FIFTH cruise there planned for the Summer of 2019. In his spare time he volunteers with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and help found his son's former Cub Scout Pack. His favorite Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain.


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