What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
Reminder! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!: Due to refurbishment work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5:40 p.m. on June 29, 2015.
Reminder! Splash Mountain Now Open During Extra Magic Hours: Splash Mountain will be open during evening Extra Magic Hours beginning June 13.
Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Under Way: Enjoy the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot through July 25. Every night, hear talented tribute bands bring top rock n’ roll hits to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Showtimes for the concert series are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., and on July 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.
- Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – The Ultimate Billy Joel Show – June 21-26
- Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston – June 27- July 4
- Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar – July 5-11 NEW!
- Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees – July 12-18
- Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – July 19-25
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! Change to Queue at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show: As part of a test at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 25-26, the queue at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show will not open until 30 minutes prior to the show.
New! Attraction Enhancements and New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride: The Great Movie Ride, which transports Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests through film history, has been updated with some new interior and exterior enhancements thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies. Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside our Chinese Theatre. (Other enhancements inside include new digital movie posters in the queue (watch carefully to see the classic poster images move). A few new clips will be added into the attraction’s finale montage later this summer. Guests will also hear new audio components during the tour from Robert Osbourne, actor and Turner Classic Movies film historian. The enhanced narration will assist attraction tour guides in leading guests from famous scene to famous scene, layering in more fun movie facts.
Reminder! ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Kicks Off Jun 17: Now through Sept 7, Guests will be able to enjoy a full day of “Frozen” fun during this summer-long event. Here are the highlights of what’s new this year:
- Frozen Royal Welcome – This procession happens twice each day, and this year Olaf is joining the fun. Guests will get to see Anna, Elsa and Kristoff make an appearance on an all-new ice palace float.
- Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – This new show located in the Center Stage will bring Olaf and some of his friends together to have fun with Guests “In Summer.”
- “Frozen Fever” – New this year, Guests will be able to head into the ABC Sound Studio to enjoy special screenings of the new animated short “Frozen Fever,” along with a peek behind the scenes at the making of the film.
- For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – This popular show will move into The Hyperion Theater at the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Guests will experience all-new in-theater effects and special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
- “Frozen” Fireworks – Following the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, Olaf returns to the Center Stage with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff for a grand finale of a firework spectacular.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Creature Comforts Now Open: Walt Disney World Resort Guests looking for their next caffeinated pick-me-up now have a new favorite to go wild for! Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park proudly opened their doors on June 18, 2015, and became the sixth Disney Parks location to serve Starbucks® coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino® blended beverages and signature breakfast sandwiches and pastries. This new coffee spot conveniently located on Discovery Island reflects a celebration of animals and embraces the sense of fun that comes from discovering and learning about the world around us. In honor of its cotton-top tamarin neighbors, Creature Comforts donates a portion of the proceeds from every “flat white” latte sold to Cotton-Top Tamarin conservation is Colombia, South America.
New! Early Entry Test Beginning June 29: Beginning Jun 29, 2015, Guests will be able to enter the Oasis area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom up to 30 minutes prior to the published park opening on most days. During this additional time in the park, Guests can make FastPass+ selections, rent strollers or wheelchairs and receive help from Cast Members to make the most of their day in the park. Attractions, shows and other experiences available within Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be available after the published park opening time, typically 9 a.m. This test will continue for approximately four weeks, except for those days with Extra Magic Hours.
New! Pocahontas New Meeting Location: Pocahontas has made the journey to the Discovery Island Character Landing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she has stepped ashore to meet friends old and new. You can find her there throughout the day. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only place to meet Pocahontas at Walt Disney World Resort, and the park is also the exclusive home to several other popular characters who can’t be found anywhere else. During your next visit, look for Tarzan, Rafiki from “The Lion King,” Dug and Russell from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” and Baloo and Louie from “The Jungle Book.”
Reminder! Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Harambe Market Now Open: Guests now have even more flavors to savor at Zuri’s Sweets Shop. As the latest addition to Harambe Market, Zuri’s Sweets Shop is an extension of Mombasa Marketplace and is sure to become a must-stop shopping location for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Guests. This traditional candy counter with an African twist features 80 exclusive food items inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Guests can buy assorted bulk trail mixes, bottles of the signature sweet and spicy sauce from Flame Tree Barbecue, themed sweets from “The Lion King,” and much more. In addition to flavorful treats, Zuri’s Sweets Shop also includes items for the home, such as decorative “Blessing
Baskets,” which are beautiful, handcrafted baskets created by artisans from Africa.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! New Spa Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Pamper yourself with new hand and foot treatments at the Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center, located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Manicure (45 minutes) – $35. Pedicure (50 minutes) – $55, Polish Change (15 minutes) – $12.
New! Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Event July 3 and 4: Celebrate Independence Day at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Fair: Red, White & Blue on the Bayou Guest event. Festivities will be held at the Riverside Courtyard on July 3 and 4 with a poolside barbecue taking place
from noon-5 p.m., followed by games, crafts, live entertainment and character meet and greets from 5-8:30 p.m. Specialty Food & Beverage and Merchandise offerings will also be available for purchase.
New! Disney Junior Pool Parties at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: Pool season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort, and now there’s something to make a day by the water even more fun for little ones. Earlier this month, Disney Jr. Pool Parties began daily at all hotels across property. The interactive 22-minute Disney Jr. Pool Parties feature music and activities from some of kids’ favorite shows like “Sofia the First,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” “Miles from Tomorrowland” and of course, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Sing-a-longs and games like “Sofia Says” are tailored to our youngest guests so they can stay excited and engaged.
Reminder! Direct Transportation Test for Guests at Select Resorts: From June 14-30, select Guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort have been asked to participate in a pilot dining test that will provide direct transportation to other resort hotel signature restaurants including: Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. As part of the test, Guests will receive complimentary round-trip taxi vouchers that will be delivered to their rooms upon arrival. By doing this, we hope to better understand Guest interest in resort-to-resort dining.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! Starbucks Summer Promotions Begin July 7: Beginning July 7, Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, Fountain View at Epcot, Trolley Car Cafe at Disney Hollywood Studios, and Creature Comforts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will offer a variety of new items as part of the Starbucks Summer Promotions.
Reminder! “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: As part of the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World Resort, a new summertime dance party is surfing into Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. From May 22 through July 5, Guests can join in the “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party daily (weather permitting) at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Surf Pool Beach. Guests can join “bikers” Rev and Kicks and “surfers” Bingo and Sunny as they dance and play beach-themed games while DJ “Amp” spins remixes of retro tunes. “Teen Beach 2:” Beach Party is inspired by the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach 2,” set to premiere this summer.
June 24 – 27: Meet Fragrance Designer Geir Ness throughout the day at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
June 26 – 27: Meet artist Kristin Tercek from 5 – 8 p.m., each day at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Learn more.
Quick Reminder: Tickets to this year’s GenEARation D Pin Trading event taking place Sept. 11 – 12 are going quickly and are in limited supply. Don’t miss out! Find out all the details and get a peek inside the merchandise catalog for the event. Learn more.
Closures and Refurbishments