Disney World Theme Park Openings and New Happenings

This week has been a huge announcement week at the Disney Parks Blog!  Here are some of the new this you can expect in the coming months:animal-kingdom-night-14-full

May 2016

  • Nighttime Attractions – While all attractions will not be open during the extended hours, the ones that will remain open are the Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and the games and attractions in DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Nighttime Magic comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  To help celebrate, the park will remain open until 11:00 pm  from May 27 – July 2.
  • Tiffins Restaurant will be opening soon in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There will be no reservation required in the Nomad Lounge to enjoy this new menu of handcrafted cocktails, beers, and small bites!
  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is a new show that will be presented on the waterfront stage on Discovery River.
  • The Tree of Life Awakens is a new nighttime water and light show that will take place in the Animal Kingdom.  This show will be fabulous and include projections on the Tree of Life!
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Now you can experience this wonderful attraction at night!
  • Nighttime Street Parties – If you love a good dance party, you will love the Animal Kingdom has added 2, Harambe Wildlife Party and Discovery Island Carnivale!  In addition to the dance, people can enjoy music, stilt walkers, food and more.

June 2016

  • “Soarin’ Around the World” will open in Epcot’s Future World on June 17. Some of the great new things you will see include The Great Wall of China, Sydney Harbor and the Swiss Matterhorn.  The addition of a third departure gate should also help make this attraction’s wait time be reduced.
  • “Frozen Ever After” is set to open in Epxot’s Norway pavilion.  This attraction will replace the long-closed Maelstrom attraction.  The details state that you can expect to embark on a boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle and see some of your favorites such as Troll Valley, Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace and the Bay of Arendelle.  If you are interested in meeting Anna and Elsa, you can do so in the Royal Sommerhus.
  • “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will be opening on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage in the Magic Kingdom.  This show will replace the beloved Dream Along with Mickey show formerly on that state.  The new show will include soe new characters such as Tiana and Naveen, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider plus Anna, Elsa and Olaf!
  • “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” is a brand new fireworks opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This show will be right at the front of the park and a must for all Star Wars fans!

August 2016

  • Rivers of Light is the new nighttime show set to debut in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer.  However, it appears that the show will instead debut in August.  This show will be spectacular and include illuminated lanterns, water screens, light projections, fountains and an original soundtrack.
  • Disney Springs is set to open up 30 new retail and dining outlets . The Disney Parks Blog has a listing here of all of the new additions.

There is so much to look forward to this summer!  Which one do you look most forward to?


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