World Resort Launches Summer Vacation Season with Magical Premieres
in All Four Parks
|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – An
incredible lineup of new attractions and experiences open to guests
starting this Memorial Day Weekend and kickoff summer vacation
season with new magic across all four Walt Disney World theme parks,
Disney Springs and beyond.
The fun heats up starting May 27 when new nighttime experiences
awaken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with stunning animation on the
Tree of Life, new after dark adventures on favorite attractions such
as Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids and
more, as well as festive new nighttime entertainment across the
A day later on May 28, Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book
provides inspiration for a new nighttime show, The Jungle Book:
Alive with Magic, that comes to life on Discovery River.
And starting June 17, guests can experience the enhanced Soarin’
Around the World attraction at Epcot; the star-studded new stage
show “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” at Magic Kingdom Park; and
the new “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Starting June 21, the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction and Royal
Sommerhus, where Anna and Elsa will greet guests in authentically
Norwegian-inspired settings, opens to guests at Epcot.
More Magic, More Memories, More Fun
Across its four theme parks, multiple resort hotels and diverse
shopping and dining offerings, guests will find unforgettable
experiences to share with family and friends at Walt Disney World
Resort, making every moment as magical as it can be:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
For the first time in its 18-year history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
will debut new day-into-nighttime experiences that celebrate the
magic of nature, starting May 27.
- The park’s iconic Tree of Life
will awaken each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery
Island music and dance. Through stunning visuals, animal spirits
appear and enchanted fireflies reveal stories of wonder as the
tree morphs to showcase the magic of nature.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris transitions
to a new nighttime adventure in the extended orange glow of a
setting sun. For the first time, hyenas and African wild dogs
join the safari trail creature feature.
- Discovery River becomes the
stage for music and pageantry in a limited-engagement show
inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book.
Premiering May 28, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is a live
show filled with music and special effects that celebrates the
new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian
- Hungry adventurers can have
lunch or dinner at the new Tiffins signature restaurant on
Discovery Island beginning May27. Guests seated in the
restaurant’s travel-themed dining rooms or on the waterfront
patio can sip libations and savor dishes featuring African,
Asian and South American flavors.
- Across the park, guests can
experience wondrous new nighttime experiences and entertainment
celebrating marvels in nature and enjoy long-time favorites such
as Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids and more – in
a whole new light.
Anna, Elsa and other beloved characters from the blockbuster film,
“Frozen,” will give the summer season a warm hug at Epcot beginning
June 21. Meanwhile “Turtle Talk with Crush” makes fun waves and
Soarin’ Around the World takes guests to new heights starting June
Elsa and their “Frozen” friends will welcome guests aboard the
new Frozen Ever After boat ride that sails into a “Frozen” world
at the Norway Pavilion starting June 21. Passengers on their way
to Arendelle’s Winter in Summer Celebration for Queen Elsa visit
the ice palace and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by
Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen
- Also at the Norway Pavilion,
Anna and Elsa will greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus,
modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin.
- In Future World, guests will
celebrate the U.S. debut of the expanded Soarin’ Around the
World attraction at The Land Pavilion on June 17. Now with a
third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection
systems, the enhanced attraction takes guests on an exhilarating
“flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made
- Guests can now find new
additions at “Turtle Talk with Crush” with characters from
Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”. When Crush the sea turtle swims
up to the “Human Tank” at Epcot, he’ll be joined by Dory and
some of her new friends that guests will get to know better when
“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
Classic Disney characters will join contemporary animated film stars
beginning June 17 in a new extravaganza on the grand Cinderella
Castle stage, and Magic Kingdom guests can experience a new dining
- For the first time, Tiana of
“Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel of “Tangled,” co-star with
Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host of favorite Disney
characters in the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Performed
on the grandest stage in the kingdom, the star-studded tale of
friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers
– Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy – who invite
10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the
celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines grand
dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original
song and special effects.
- Disney Parks will welcome Elena
of Avalor, Disney’s first princess inspired by diverse Latin
cultures. Elena of Avalor will appear at Walt Disney World
Resort later this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall,
following her television debut in a new animated series this
summer on Disney Channel.
- Next door to the legendary
Jungle Cruise, guests can enjoy the bold flavors of “World
Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the
new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first
Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park
|Disney’s Hollywood Studios
In the galactic wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new
Star-Wars-themed experiences shift into light speed.
- The next generation of Star
Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic
Spectacular,” will premiere June 17 with new themed fireworks,
lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic
characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the
unforgettable score of the film series.
- The live stage show “Star Wars:
A Galaxy Far, Far Away” debuted April 4, celebrating iconic
moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring
popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth
Vader, and Darth Maul.
- First Order Stormtroopers led by
Captain Phasma march from Star Wars Launch Bay to the park’s
Center Stage, adding menace to the entertainment. Star Wars
Launch Bay showcases large-scale artifacts and encounters with
characters including Kylo Ren. The re-imagined Jedi Training:
Trials of the Temple experience also features new characters.
And at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests buckle up
for an enhanced high-speed journey with new Star Wars: The Force
Awakens characters and a visit to Jakku.
|Disney Springs and Water Parks
Make a Splash
Inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney
Springs is a charming district filled with unique retailers and
restaurants from award-winning chefs. Throughout the summer, new
stores and restaurants will open as Disney Springs more than doubles
the number of retail, dining and other venues for guests.
- As Disney Springs continues to
expand and diversify its dining, shopping and entertainment,
more exciting high-profile tenants are coming onboard, including
Anthropologie, Under Armour, kate spade new york, Sephora and
Lucky Brand, among others. Other new shops opening in 2016
include Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO and PANDORA.
- More than 30 new tenants will be
coming to Disney Springs this summer, including retail shops and
- Home to world-class dining,
Disney Springs is shaping up to be a culinary dream. With its
chic style and Pan-Asian flavors, Morimoto Asia offers just a
taste of what’s to come as more new eateries are gearing up to
open in the coming year, including Tablas Frontera by Chef Rick
Bayless; Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar by Chef Art
Smith; STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse with the ambience of a
sleek lounge; Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a modern-day “pizza
joint” with artisanal pies; and the reimagined, Planet Hollywood
Observatory with new outdoor terrace and live entertainment.
- Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless and
Chef Art Smith join master Chef Masaharu Morimoto in a growing
collection of James Beard Award winning chefs at Disney Springs.
- At Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,”
the new B-Boys hip-hop, breakdancing threesome showcases a rare
mix of rhythm, strength and “how-did-they-do-that?” moves. As
part of the show’s ongoing evolution, the masterful Aerial
Bamboo act joins recent additions of madcap clowns and a
breathtaking rolla bolla juggling act.
|Meanwhile, Disney’s Water Parks ramp
up with playful spirits and summer fun faster than Olaf can beg for
- At Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water
Park, Olaf from Disney’s animated hit “Frozen,” will be living
his “In Summer” dream as he and Kristoff host The “Frozen Games”
of friendly, fun competitions that begin May 27 and run through
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water
Park castaways can splash down on a sandy summer beach with a
cold ale and savory snack after a wild slide on Crush ‘n’ Gusher
|Disney guests will have a magical
summer experience wherever they play, dine, relax or celebrate at
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