By Marie Gilmore
It may be hot outside but it’s chilly inside the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction to celebrate a Summer Snow Day with all of the favorite Frozen friends aboard a Norwegian vessel traveling through Arendelle. Guests can even meet Anna and Elsa in person in Royal Sommerhus, with authentically Norwegian-inspired settings all in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
Anna, Elsa and their Frozen friends are welcoming guests aboard the new Frozen Ever After boat ride that sails into a Frozen world at the Norway Pavilion. Passengers glide along and visit Queen Elsa’s ice palace and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by Oscar-winning Let It Go songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Also at the Norway Pavilion, Anna and Elsa now greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus, themed as a cozy summer cabin.
The fun heats up with a brand new nighttime experience that awakens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show that is themed to music from the film saga and incorporates stunning new lasers and other special effects.
Guests also can experience the enhanced Soarin’ Around the World attraction at Epcot and the star-studded new stage show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom Park.
In Future World, guests can take a glide on the expanded Soarin’ Around the World attraction at The Land Pavilion. Now with a third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection systems, the enhanced attraction takes guests on an exhilarating flight above global landscapes and man-made wonders.
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 Cinderella Castle stage, 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’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, dazzles 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 celebrates 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 characters and a visit to Jakku.
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. The park’s iconic Tree of Life awakens each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery Island music and dance. 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.
These are just a few of the many new experiences and adventures available at Walt Disney Resort this summer, and the debut of a newly re-imagined Disney Springs shopping complex brings lots of activities available for families of all ages. Visit www.disneyworld.com and www.disneyparksblog.com.