You are here

Home  >  Blog  >  Awaken Summer: Big changes coming to Disney parks
Awaken Summer: Big changes coming to Disney parks

With new attractions popping up at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, things are heating up in Central Florida. It's time to Awaken Summer and discover a vacation unlike any other in Kissimmee!

Magic Kingdom:

The Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World Resort will be welcoming a new addition to their group of heroines following her television debut on Disney Channel - 16-year-old Elena of Avalor. Inspired by Latin culture, this brave and bold princess saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn how to rule over the land. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the princess beginning August 2016.

Epcot:

Chillllll! The Frozen Ever After attraction will be opening in the Norway Pavilion June 2, 2016. The boat tour will take guests, joined by Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, all the way up the North Mountain to Elsa's ice palace. And afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to meet the sisters in the Royal Sommerhus.

And in Future World, guests will celebrate debut of the new Soarin’ Around the World attraction June 17. Now with a third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection systems, the expanded attraction takes guests on an exhilarating “flight” above spectacular global landscapes and man-made wonders.

Animal Kingdom:

Starting on Memorial Day weekend, Animal Kingdom will introduce that magic of nature after dark with its new extended park hours and new experiences. Watch the park's iconic Tree of Life awaken throughout the evening via hi-tech projections of nature and animal scenes.

Sing along with The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney's live-action film The Jungle Book.

Encounter the nighttime behavior of the wildlife at the Kilimanjaro Safari after Dark and keep an eye out for two new species: African wild dogs and hyenas!

Gaze in awe as a dramatic dance of water and light summon animal spirit-signifying the ancient believe that when animals passed from one world to another they danced in the sky and became beautiful rivers of light. Rivers of Light is still in developmental stage and an opening date has yet to be announced.

Breathe easy and know that Pandora: World of Avatar is still in the works at Animal Kingdom, projected to open sometime in 2017 (we've been waiting so longggg!). The attraction will feature a lifesize Naavi and lifelike animatronics. Disney will be updating us throughout the coming year in regards to the progress of the project (so let's be patient a little while longer!).

Hollywood Studios:

The next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will premiere this June 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” debuted April 4, celebrating moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul.

 

Click here to begin planning your Kissimmee summer vacation today!

Travel Tricks & Insider Tips

A family removes suitcases from the trunk of their car outside a vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida.

Find Your Kissimmee Home Base: Stay, Work & Play

September 24, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Kissimmee is the place to stay, play, and work when the home office just isn't cutting it. Explore these vacation homes with everything from a beautiful office to an outdoor oasis.
Continue Reading
An airboat at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Kissimmee Off the Beaten Path - Boggy Creek & Bok Tower Gardens

September 22, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
There are so many unique attractions waiting to be explored here in Kissimmee — including plenty "off the beaten path". Here are a couple you have to check out on your visit.
Continue Reading

Kissimmee On-The-Go SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando

September 17, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Explore our answers to your most-asked questions about SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove.
Continue Reading

Family-Friendly Kissimmee Road Trip Itinerary

September 09, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Looking for a little itinerary inspiration for your Kissimmee vacation? Check out this five-day plan based on a real road trip that our friend, Motherhood & Lifestyle Influencer @IzzyRose, took with her young family to Kissimmee earlier this year from St. Augustine, Florida.
Continue Reading

Surround Yourself with Magic in These Unique Vacation Homes!

September 03, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Check out these Harry Potter-themed vacation rental homes!
Continue Reading
The Orlando Premium Outlets Exterior Shot

Back-To-School Shopping & Deals in Kissimmee

August 25, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Here's a look at Kissimmee's deals and tips for going back to school.
Continue Reading