The last two days, Disney has been trying to dump as much information about its summer plans as possible. The entire media event has been christened with the (not great) #AwakenSummer hashtag and it’s time to break down what we know.
I’ve already written extensively about the nighttime attractions coming to Animal Kingdom, so we won’t be focusing on that today.
Instead, here’s what we know:
- Soarin’ Around The World is opening at Epcot on June 17. Fastpass booking will be available starting April 21.
- Memorial Day weekend is the debut of the Animal Kingdom nighttime entertainment, but it also will mark the opening of the third track for Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- The Tiffins restaurant at Animal Kingdom is also supposed to open to guests over Memorial Day Weekend. Man that’s one busy weekend.
- Frozen Even After and the Royal Sommerhaus (SP?) are supposed to be opening in June so say goodbye to whatever good memories you might have of Maelstrom.
- Also sometime in June, the new Star Wars fireworks spectacular should be starting. This show will feature fireworks, projections, ‘pillars of fire’, and spotlights as giant sky lightsabers.
- The new Mickey stage show at Cinderella Castle should be debuting in June as well.
- Elena of Avalor, from a new children’s show, will start meeting guests at the Magic Kingdom this summer.
- Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers are both confirmed for the future Toy Story Land coming to Hollywood Studios.
- Slinky Dog Dash got a short POV video released for it to give you a better idea of what the coaster will be like.
- Star Wars Land is still happening and was basically confirmed to be taking over the Streets of America location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Pandora: The World of Avatar is still coming within the next 9-12 months and will feature ‘footstep-sensitive’ floors; basically think of the path lighting up around your feet as you walk on it.
I think that’s all the announcements/information that has been released thus far. While it’s nice to have a bit more information on the additions and improvements to the parks, it is still a little disconcerting that the only concrete timetables we have are for revamps or improvements of current rides or a fireworks show. Regardless, I’ll be trying to check out all of these “new” attractions when the time comes to see if they have been worth the wait.