It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks Spring will be over and we will be thrown into Summer. And at WDW, what a Summer it will be.
We don’t keep it much of a secret that we try very hard to avoid visiting Disney during the Summer months. It’s hot. It’s packed. Some of us are even in black out for our Annual Passes and to be honest.. we are thankful. If we do end up going during the months of darkness, we avoid the parks like the plague. But this year… with so many new things happening during that time… I know we will be wearing our Mickey Ears around the house and counting down the days until we can enter again.
In the past few weeks the Disney Parks Blog has posted several articles on the events coming up. One thing is for sure this is gonna be one Incredible Summer! We thought we would put together a list of all the things happening for you. And the great thing is some of these events will be available this month.
- UP! A Great Bird Adventure – ANIMAL KINGDOM (starts April 22)
Soar on over to Animal Kingdom and join Russell and Dug in a flap-happy Bird Show. Previously called Wings of Asia, this NEW show is led by a senior Wilderness Explorer and gives the audience a close-up look at various bird species from around the globe. This 25 minute show has multiple shows througout the day.
- DISNEY SPRINGS BOURBON TRAIL – DISNEY SPRINGS (May 1 – June 17)
This early summer guests (ages 21 and older) can partake in unique Bourbon experience. 18 of Disney Springs shops and restaurants have crafted traditional, creative, and a few unique ways to sip your bourbon. Each location has carefully paired these beverages with a delicious eats that will complement your drink. Stroll throughout Disney Springs discovering all the different ways to have bourbon. This Trail is a must-do for the bourbon aficionado in your life, or perfect night out with friends. Be sure to visit the Disney Springs Welcome Center and pick up your Bourbon Trail guide map.
- ANNUAL PASSHOLDER SUMMER MAGNET – HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (May 18- June 29)
Be sure to pick up the latest Annual Passholder-exclusive magnet featuring our ne-feathered friend Donald Duck. This magnet will be available to Passholders only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- INCREDIBLE TOMORROWLAND EXPO – MAGIC KINGDOM (May 25–Sep 3)
The Incredibles take over Tomorrowland as you’ll be immersed in the world of The Incredibles with themed décor, sound effects and music. Then head over to the Rocket Tower Plaza Stage in the late afternoon for the Super Party Time dance party. You’ll have the chance to interact with Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Mrs. Incredible and, for the first time, Edna Mode!
- DONALD’S DINO-BASH! – ANIMAL KINGDOM (opens May 25)
Donald Duck takes over Dinoland, U.S.A., in this new “dino-tastic” character celebration. Get down with Donald and his friends (Chip ‘n Dale, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad McQuack) at this fun dance party each night.
- STAR WARS: GALACTIC NIGHTS – HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (May 27)
If you have read our #MoodMonday – In a Galaxy far, far away post from last week, you would know we are headed to Galactic Nights at the end of the month. Star Wars: Galactic Nights, it’s a Star Wars-themed (extra ticketed) event from 7 p.m.-midnight on May 27th, 2018 at Hollywood Studios. The celebration includes out-of-this-world entertainment, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise, Star Wars themed Food & Beverages, and encounters with rarely seen characters including Rey. For more information about this event, check out our blog post.
- ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – AWESOME MIX LIVE’ – EPCOT (June 9 – Aug 19)
Rock it out with Star-Lord, Gamora and an alien bands as they perform hits from the Awesome Mixtapes 1 and 2. This new concert series is sure to build excitement for the new Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction (set to open in 2021).
- H2O GLOW NIGHTS – TYPHOON LAGOON (Jun 21– Aug 11)
Join the “Dinosaur of Ceremonies” Rex and his Toy Story pals for this can’t-miss water park after dark party. Inspired by the Toy Story short “Partysaurous Rex” special lighting and entertainment transform Typhoon Lagoon like never before. This extra ticketed event takes place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. select nights from June to August. (You can gain entry starting at 7pm) Guest can enjoy access to all of the Park’s amazing attractions, a DJ dance party on the beach, and Character Greetings with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Tickets start at $55. AP/ DVC discounts are available.
- DISNEY AFTER HOURS – MAGIC KINGDOM (select nights starting June 28)
If you’re a night owl that wouldn’t mind skipping the wait times for more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings? Then Disney After Hours (extra ticketed) event is for you. For 11 select nights, from June to September, a limited number of Guests will have access to dozens of unforgettable experiences including attractions and Character Greetings. During this 3- hour park experience Ice Cream, Popcorn & Select Beverages (included in the cost of admission) will be available at carts stationed throughout the park. * This event takes place from 10pm to 1am (or 9pm- midnight) but the ticket allows park entry as early as 7 p.m. Tickets are $119 for both adults and children. AP/ DVC discounts are available.
- TOY STORY LAND – HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS (opens June 30)
“Shrink” down to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. This area will include new attractions (Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers) and a new Toy Story themed restaurant (Woody’s Lunch Box).
So as you can see, this is a summer not to be missed at Walt Disney World. What event are you most excited about? Tell us!
And be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming fall events:
- MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY – MAGIC KINGDOM (Aug 17 – Oct 31)
- EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL – EPCOT (August 30 – November 12)