Summertime is almost here and that means your summer vacation to Walt Disney World is right around the corner too!
And while a summer vacation to Disney World is always magical, this summer Walt Disney World will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime magical moments. Our good friends at Small World Vacations are sharing details on what are sure to be the highlights of any Disney World visit this summer. Be sure to check out their tips for keeping cool this summer too!
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The biggest event this summer is — of course — the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios near the end of the summer season!
Opening on August 29, Galaxy’s Edge will put guests directly into the world of Star Wars when they set foot on Batuu, a planet tucked between the Unknown Regions and Wild Space, which is the setting for Galaxy’s Edge.
In addition to new restaurants and shops – along with immersive character interaction – you’ll also have a chance to take over the controls of the Millennium Falcon on the new attraction Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. The land’s other attraction, Rise of the Resistance, is scheduled to open at a later date.
Keep in mind that capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and its experiences is limited and may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors. Guests must be 38” to ride the Millennium Falcon.
Summer Events and Experiences at Disney World
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
isn’t opening until August 29 which means there’s a whole summer of fun happening before then! Check out everything you don’t want to miss!
H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the ultimate water park bash featuring Pixar-themed food and beverages.
On select nights from May 30 to August 24, Rex from Toy Story hosts a glow-filled beach dance party including character meets with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie.
Check out our review of the H2O Glow Nights from the summer of 2018!
‘Rivers of Light: We Are One’ and More at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Discovery River in Disney’s Animal Kingdom comes alive after dark with the updated “Rivers of Light: We Are One.”
The updated show will feature storytelling, imagery, and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation.
And, beginning July 24, Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night offers a unique way to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a family-friendly progressive dining experience drawing inspiration from the many facets of African cultures and animals.
Disney Villains After Hours and More at the Magic Kingdom
Get ready for a wicked good time at Disney Villains After Hours, a special Disney After Hours event happening on select nights between June 6 and August 8 in the Magic Kingdom.
This limited capacity, extra ticket event which allows guests to enjoy the park and its attractions with little-to-no-wait times will feature wicked entertainment, enchancements to attractions such as Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean, AND exclusive themed snacks!
And remember that Halloween starts EARLY at the Magic Kingdom!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights from August 16- November 1, and will feature returning favorites along with all-new experiences, including the debut of new themed fireworks spectacular.
Fourth of July Fun and More at Disney Resort Hotels
, hosted by beloved Pixar characters is available July 4 – 6 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. After feasting on festive foods, head over to the Port Cochere to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. On July 4, guests can enjoy the spectacular Disney’s Celebrate America! —A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.
And, at Disney’s Beach Club Resort kids can join Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew! This new immersive experience invites young adventurers into the world of pirate feasting, treasure seeking and high-energy sailing!
Summer Fun at Disney Springs!
It’s going to be a great summer at Disney World, but remember staying cool in the sizzling Florida sun is essential while touring the Disney parks. Read on for some great heat-busting tips!
Tips For Keeping Cool at Disney World This Summer
The agents at Small World Vacations know how to chill out when it’s hot. Here’s some of their tips and tricks to beat the heat:
- Go to the parks early in the morning, have lunch indoors, and then return to the hotel for a swim and/or nap in the A/C before heading back to the parks in the evening.
- Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours for Walt Disney World Resort guests, select Disney Springs Resort Hotels guests, and guests at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, and Four Seasons Orlando.
- Stay hydrated! Freeze a half-filled bottle of water and fill the rest with cool water. It will melt throughout the day and you always have COLD water. Remember: You can also get free cups of ice water at any quick service dining location.
- Fill a spray bottle or a hand-held, battery operated spray fan to spritz yourself with a mist.
- Graze on light, fresh, non-greasy foods that are easy to digest. Avoid big meals or heavy fast foods. Eat smaller portions of salads, cold protein, and fruits instead.
- Look for the interactive fountains at Epcot or Disney Springs and let the kids splash around (bring a bathing suit or change of clothes if they want to get really wet).
- Spend time in air conditioned attractions such as Soarin’, Flight of Passage, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Living Seas, Spaceship Earth, Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, Star Wars Launch Bay, Indoor character meets, Tree of Life, The American Adventure, the World Showcase shops, Hall of Presidents, and more.
- Get wet on attractions like Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.
- Add the Park Hopper Plus Option to your theme park tickets and cool off at the Disney Water Parks.
- Add a few days to your trip so you can enjoy some down time each day to relax and avoid the heat and still be able to see everything.
And remember to spend some time at the pool at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel – just one more perk of staying on property! Plus, Disney Resort guests can also enjoy exclusive early morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
Transportation to the parks runs continuously so, you can return to your Disney Resort for a mid-day break and then, head back to the parks after dark. (Extended Extra Magic Hours are planned for September 1 – November 2).
So the only question is: Are you ready to plan your summer vacation to Walt Disney World?
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