Beginning this spring and summer Disney World will release all NEW attractions and experiences in all 4 of their amazing theme parks. Night time experience will open in Animal Kingdom, Star Wars will continue to expand at Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show will appear on stage in the Magic Kingdom, Soarin’ will reopen with a new show in Epcot and perhaps one of the most anticipated attractions… Frozen Ever After will premiere in Epcot. Read on for details on each of these spectacular additions.
Did anyone else catch the piece of the video above that shows Mickey and the Magical Map which is a how in Disneyland?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Announces Several new Shows, Parties & Attractions
Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park in a whole new way – after the sun goes down! Whether it’s riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, venturing down Kali River Rapids at twilight, dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, or reveling in a live musical celebration of Disney’s hit film “The Jungle Book,” Guests have a lot to look forward to.
Here’s a taste of what to expect:
- “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
- The Tree of Life Awakens – The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” Guests can expect to see animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Guests can enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening hours, thanks to special lighting that will allow them to explore the savanna – and its inhabitants – well into the night.
- Harambe Wildlife Parti – Guests can turn into “party animals” at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and enjoy lively African music, exotic foods and drinks, and explore the local marketplace.
- Discovery Island Carnivale – On Discovery Island, guests can join the local community in their celebration of their love for nature in this party that features music, dancers, stilt walkers, food and more.
- Tiffins – Guests can enjoy the park’s newest eatery, Tiffins, for both lunch and dinner.
- Nighttime Attractions – The park’s attractions, which will be operating in the nighttime hours, will take on a whole new life. For the first time, guests will be able to experience the thrill of attractions like Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids – surrounded by darkness. They’ll also be able to enjoy colorful midway games and attractions in DinoLand, U.S.A.
Tiffins, the newest Walt Disney World® Resort table-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.
Located in the park’s Discovery Island area, the menu is inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators (Tiffin is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers, and also the word for a mid-day meal). Walt Disney Imagineering describes the interior as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America,” with tastes such as Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America), and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce (Asia).
Tiffins will also feature sustainable, organic wines and bio-dynamic viticulture, as well as handcrafted cocktails and beers.
Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June
Frozen Ever After will take guests on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. Once inside, Guests will be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers and creates a winter-in-summer day for the entire kingdom. Passengers will pass Troll Valley on their way up the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace, and later on return to the Bay of Arendelle.
After disembarking, guests can top off their “Frozen” experience by meeting the royal sisters in their new Royal Sommerhus greeting location. Inspired by a Norwegian countryside cabin, Anna and Elsa have opened their summer home for visitors.
To bring this attraction to life, the original voice talent of the original “Frozen” film returned to record new dialogue and songs penned by composers Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Walt Disney Imagineers traveled to Norway for architecture and design research, specifically visiting the Detli House in Sverresborg and the Open Air Museum of Cultural History in Trondheim.
Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight in Epcot this Summer
On June 17, Guests at Disney California Adventure® Park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses them in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Thursday, April 21. In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue.
‘Finding Dory’ Characters Dubut at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot
Starting in early May, Guests visiting Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort will be able to spot Dory and some of her friends from the new film “Finding Dory” at the park’s “Turtle Talk With Crush” attraction.
Some of her new pals you can expect to spot within the attraction include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus). Crush’s son and best pal Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time. And, Guests may spot Nemo and his dad Marlin.
“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” Set to Arrive On Stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle in June at Mgic Kingdom Park
Beginning this summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This all-new live stage show makes its debut in June on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom® Park, with special appearances by Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to the stage fantastic costumes, lively dancing, special effects magic and memorable musical moments, including the original song “On This Day” by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Toy Story: The Musical,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”).
In the show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their new friends to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom.
Star Wars Expansion Continues in Hollywood Studios
There has never been a better time or place to be a Star Wars fan. So many new experiences have already begun & many more are scheduled to open soon.
‘Star Wars, a galactic spectacular’ is anticipated to be the most spectacular night time show in Hollywood Studios You will see new pyrotechnics & projections on the Chinese Theater. Fantasmic will continue nightly on schedule along with the new Star Wars fireworks show.
Guests can currently thrill your Star Wars inner geek at Star Wars Launch Bay. There you can meet characters like Chewbacca & Kylo Ren, visit the Cantina for a snack, browse the galleries filled with movie memorabilia and play exclusive Disney Infinity Star Wars Video games. The Star Tours attraction has added new adventures from the Force Awakens and Jedi Training ‘Trials of the Temple’ has all new villains and characters from Disney XD.
Be sure to catch the new ‘Galaxy Far Far Away’ stage show. Guests can even catch an ‘up-close’ glimpse of the starring characters during the ‘March’ where the stars parade to the stage, before and after, the show.
Disney is working on a new Star Wars Dinner Club to open on an unannounced date in Hollywood Studios. Although there has been no name or menu mentioned yet, Disney has released the concept art below.
Be sure that you follow along here on my blog and my Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/PixieDustAdventures More big news and announcements are scheduled for May 20th.
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Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures