Experiences Will Debut This Summer Across All Four
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
New ‘Star Wars’ Stage Show
Premieres April 4; ‘Rivers of Light’ Set for Earth Day Opening and
Finding Dory Swims into Epcot this Summer
|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 2,
2016)– An unbeatable lineup of blockbuster attractions will debut at
Walt Disney World Resort this year starting with the April 4 launch
of a new live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Earth
Day, April 22, a sweeping immersive, animal-themed theatrical
production, “Rivers of Light,” will premiere as the first-ever
nightly show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
An epic array of shows and attractions will continue to open
throughout summer, creating exciting new guest experiences across
all Disney theme parks and entertainment venues. A new Magic Kingdom
castle show will bring favorite characters from “Tangled” and
“Princess and the Frog” for the first time to the grandest stage in
Walt Disney World. Stars of the runaway Disney hit, “Frozen,” will
take a bow in multiple Disney parks, and the first Frozen-themed
attraction will sail into guests’ hearts at Epcot. Even more Star
Wars-themed original entertainment, nighttime Animal Kingdom
experiences and Disney Springs openings will set the stage for
endless summertime fun.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The magic of nature after dark takes center stage at Disney’s Animal
Kingdom when the all-new Rivers Of Light waterside show premieres
April 22, Earth Day — marking the Walt Disney World theme park’s
thrilling transformation from a day-into-nighttime experience.
- “Rivers of Light,” an immersive
nighttime extravaganza blending performers, floating lanterns,
special effects and stunning theatrical imagery projected upon
giant water screens, will premiere in a new Discovery River
- The park’s iconic Tree of Life
will awaken each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery
Island music and dance. Through stunning visuals, animal spirits
appear and enchanted fireflies reveal stories of wonder as the
tree morphs to showcase the magic of nature.
- Kilimanjaro Safaris transitions
to a new nighttime adventure. Each evening, the popular
Kilimanjaro Safaris daytime experience is artfully bathed in the
look of sunset with special lighting allowing guests to explore
and enjoy this attraction well into the night.
- For the first time, hyenas and
African wild dogs join the safari trail creature feature.
Hungry adventurers can have lunch or dinner at the new Tiffins
signature restaurant, opening later this summer on Discovery
Island. Guests seated in the restaurant’s travel-themed dining
rooms or on the waterfront patio can sip libations and savor
dishes featuring African, Asian and South American flavors.
- Across the park, guests can
experience long-time favorites such as Expedition Everest,
DINOSAUR, and Kali River Rapids with more time to enjoy them
into the night.
Anna, Elsa and other beloved characters from the blockbuster film,
“Frozen,” will give the summer season a warm hug at Epcot and
several other Disney parks. Meanwhile “Turtle Talk with Crush” makes
fun waves and Soarin’ takes guests to new heights.
- Step into the kingdom of
Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and their co-stars as they welcome
guests aboard the new Frozen Ever After boat ride at the Norway
pavilion, featuring the most advanced Audio-Animatronics to
date. Passengers will celebrate a “Summer Snow Day,” visit the
ice palace, and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by
Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen
- Also at Norway pavilion, Anna
and Elsa will greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus, modeled
after a traditional Norwegian cabin.
- In Future World, guests will
celebrate the U.S. debut of the new Soarin’ Around the World
attraction at The Land pavilion this summer. 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.
- Guests will also find new
additions at “Turtle Talk with Crush” beginning in early-May
with characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” When Crush
the sea turtle swims up to the “Human Tank” at Epcot, he’ll be
joined by Dory and some of her new friends that guests will get
to know when “Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17,
Classic Disney characters will join contemporary animated film stars
this June in a new extravaganza on the grand Cinderella Castle
stage; and Magic Kingdom guests can experience a new dining
- For the first time, modern
Disney characters Tiana of “Princess and the Frog,” and Rapunzel
of “Tangled,” co-star with Anna and Elsa of “Frozen,” and a host
of classic characters in the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship
Faire. Performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom, the
star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his
troupe of Merry Makers — Minnie Mouse, Donald, Daisy and Goofy –
who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join
the celebration. This “timeless fairytale” of a show combines
grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an
original song and special effects.
- Next door to the legendary
Jungle Cruise, guests can enjoy the bold flavors of “World
Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the
new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first
Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park
|Disney’s Hollywood Studios
In the galactic wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new
Star-Wars-themed experiences shift into light speed.
- The next generation of Star
Wars-themed fireworks shows, “Star Wars: A Galactic
Spectacular,” will premiere this summer with new themed
fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of
characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the
iconic score of the film series.
- The live stage show “Star Wars:
A Galaxy Far, Far Away” will debut April 4, celebrating iconic
moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring
popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth
Vader, and Darth Maul.
- The March of the First Order
Stormtrooper procession led by Captain Phasma from the Star Wars
Launch Bay to the park’s Center Stage adds menace to the
entertainment. The just-opened Star Wars Launch Bay showcases
large-scale artifacts and encounters with characters including
Kylo Ren. The re-imagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
experience also features new characters. And at Star Tours – The
Adventures Continue, guests buckle up for an enhanced high-speed
journey with new Force Awakens characters and a visit to Jakku.
- In the park’s Hyperion Theater,
the Royal Historians of Arendelle host a jolly sing-along tale
of their “Frozen” kingdom with special appearances by Anna, Elsa
and Kristoff. And at Celebrity Spotlight, guests can meet Olaf
and give him a warm hug.
|Disney Springs and Water Parks
Make a Splash
Disney guests will spend their first summer at Disney Springs as it
continues its transformation. The charming waterfront town,
comprising The Landing, Marketplace and West Side, expands to debut
its fourth neighborhood, Town Center, adding more shops, restaurants
and architectural detail than ever.
- New high-profile tenants are
coming onboard at Disney Springs, including Anthropologie, Under
Armour, kate spade, Sephora and Lucky Brand, among others. Other
new shops opening in 2016 include: Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly
Pulitzer, UNIQLO, PANDORA, UGG, L’Occitane en Provence and
- A total of 32 new tenants will
be coming to Disney Springs this summer, including 29 retail
shops and three new dining venues.
- Morimoto Asia recently
celebrated its grand opening and more new eateries are firing up
the scene in 2016 including the upscale STK steakhouse with the
only rooftop dining in Disney Springs; The Edison, a lavish,
“industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar and nighttime
destination; Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery; Blaze
Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a modern-day “pizza joint” with artisanal
pies; and the reimagined, star-themed Planet Hollywood with new
outdoor terrace and live entertainment.
- Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless and
renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck join master Chef Masaharu Morimoto
in a growing collection of James Beard Award winning chefs at
- At Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,”
the new B-Boys hip-hop, breakdancing threesome showcase a rare
mix of rhythm, strength and “how-did-they-do-that?” moves. As
part of the show’s ongoing evolution, the masterful Aerial
Bamboo act joins recent additions of madcap clowns and a
breathtaking rolla bolla juggling act.
|Meanwhile, Disney’s Water Parks will
ramp up with playful spirits and summer fun faster than Olaf can beg
for warm hugs.
- At Blizzard Beach, Olaf from
Disney’s animated hit “Frozen,” will be living his “In Summer”
dream as he and Kristoff host The Frozen Games at Blizzard Beach
of friendly, fun competitions.
- Typhoon Lagoon castaways can
splash down on a sandy summer beach with a cold ale and savory
snack after a wild slide on Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster.
|Disney guests will have a
blockbuster summer wherever they play, dine, relax or celebrate at
Walt Disney World theme parks, entertainment venues and resort
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