Here is our round-up of Disney news at the parks and beyond!
Walt Disney World Resort
‘Frozen’ Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios – starting July 5
- Anna & Elsa Royal Welcome down Hollywood Boulevard including Kristoff, a horse-drawn sleigh, skaters and skiers and more!
- Sing-Along Celebration inside the Premier Theater including Anna & Elsa
- Olaf of Summer Vacation will be sharing his summer adventures as well a new Take-Along Olafs will be available throughout the parks for you to share your photos with Olaf on social media. Tag your photos with #OlafSummerVacation and they may be selected for the day’s grand finale.
- Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland will open inside Soundstage One. It will include activities and photo opportunities as well as a play area for kids and ice skating demonstrations.
- “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, starting at 5:30 daily.
- “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular that starts at 9:45 pm – best viewed by the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage. Fireworks display set to the fabulous music of ‘Frozen’
New VIP Tours at Walt Disney World
- The Ultimate Day of Thrills – A VIP Tour Experience
- The Ultimate Day for Young Families – A VIP Tour Experience
- Both tours are 6-7 hours long
- Include a number of attractions at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – the young families tour will offer attractions specifically for younger audiences
- Meal at a Disney table-serve restaurant
- Tours offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and cost $299 per person. DVC Members, Disney Visa Cardholders and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount.
- For more information, call 407-WDW-TOUR
Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World? Here are the special attractions to look forward to:
- Magic Kingdom will have a special fireworks display over Cinderella’s Castle at 9 pm on July 3rd and 4th.
- Epcot with have a special concert of American songs by the Voices of Liberty at the American Gardens Theater. Special Disney characters in their favorite patriotic attire will be out for pictures outside The American Adventure pavilion. IllumiNations will have a special grand finale at 10pm.
- Hollywood Studios with offer “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage. Nighttime fireworks with include live band music at 10:15 pm.
Rock Your Summer Side – Dance party celebration at Hollywood Studios at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage from 6:00-10:00 pm including a live band and your favorite Disney characters dressed for summer fun! There will also be a giant postcard set up for fun selfies and family photos.
New pins are being released for BOTH parks this summer. If you are a pin collector or trader, there will be 250 new open edition pins at Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruise as well as new Aulani pins. They also recently released an Olaf pin!
Cinderella’s Royal Table, the table-serve dining located within Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom, will be closing for refurbishments from January 5, 2015 until March 6, 2015.
Monorail service at Disney World will be reduced for the summer due to construction and enhancement work. The new monorail schedule for the summer starting June 22 will be:
- 8:30 am -midnight for MK Resort beam
- 9:30 am -11:30 pm on the MK Express beam (MK to the TTC)
- 9:00 am -11:00 pm on the Epcot beam
Friendships and additional buses will be available for guests. No end date on these time changes.
Tinkerbell has moved from Adventureland to Main Street inside the Garden Theater. Pixie Hollow will be located there for meet and greets of your favorite pixie friends!
If you would like to book a vacation to Disney World, visit our friends at Destinations in Florida for a free quote for all the magic!
New ‘Frozen’ Pre-parade for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade! See Anna, Elsa and Olaf for Frozen fun at Disneyland!
Alice in Wonderland, which has been closed for extensive refurbishments and renovations, will be opening on July 4th! This is a favorite “dark” ride of ours, so we can’t wait to see how it has been renovated. Work was done on the exterior as well as the interior.
Monorail, Matterhorn and Submarine Voyage celebrate 55 years at Disneyland! Disney Parks Blog published a wonderful history on these attractions and their dedication from 1959. Here is a link to their post:
Nemo’s Submarine Voyage is currently closed for renovations and the opening date has been released: September 27th. In the fall, we can explore the seas with Nemo and friends again!
Celebrate the 4th at Disneyland! If you will be at Disneyland for the 4th of July, special events will include a special fireworks spectacular at 9:25 pm, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performing before the ‘Frozen’ parade and the first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, a patriotic pre-show for World of Color, and Glow with the Show for the World of Color Pre-show.
In 2015, Disneyland will be celebrating it’s 60th birthday! Get ready for lots of special events and magic next year at the park to celebrate! #Disneyland60
If you would like to book a vacation to Disneyland, visit our friends at Get Away Today, Disneyland specialists and get a quote today!
Current Disney Sweepstakes
BeThe8thMiner is the newest sweepstakes with a Grand Prize of a 7-night Walt Disney World vacation for four! Different challenges each week and winners each week can win $500 and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train trading pin.
Recreate the Magic – share your Disney World memories for a chance to win a trip to create new ones! Find a throwback photo from the 1970’s and 1980’s and submit to win!
Summer Disney Movies
Maleficent (PG) – now playing in theaters
Earth to Echo (PG) – opens July 2nd
Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG) – opens July 18th
Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) – opens August 1st (Marvel comics)
Million Dollar Arm (PG) – October 7th
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Not Rated Yet) – October 10th
This summer, Disney Junior launches their Pirates and Princess Summer again! Here is the scoop on the summer fun:
- Visit the DisneyJunior website for fun new games and videos from Sofia and Jake.
- New episodes all summer long including new characters with celebrity voices including “Supernanny” Jo Frost, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Morse
- Mulan visits Sofia the First in a new episode releasing on August 15th
- New Apps released through the WATCH Disney Junior app on June 20th at “Quest for the Four Swords” and “Sofia’s Enchanting Journey” – for Android users only.
- New music video featuring Sofia and Jake (video will show on our website but not in emails)
Disney Junior Live on Tour featuring the new Pirates and Princess Adventure show – touring the US this summer. Check the Disney Junior Live website to see locations and dates.
That’s our roundup for the summer! Lots of great things happening with Disney!