The all new Cinderella Castle Stage Show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire begins June 17, 2016! “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom and the wonderful things that can happen when we try new things, go to new places and get to know new friends.
“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to life beloved Disney stories both classic and contemporary in a spectacular performance featuring an original song, memorable music, lively dancing, delightful costumes and special effects magic. Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have invited friends from other lands to join them in a grand celebration. So in addition to favorites like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy, the show also brings together a wonderful cast of characters from some of Disney’s newest classics: “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “The Princess and the Frog.”
As you may know there are some major changes and updates coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Several new Star Wars experiences have debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort over the past year, from the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay in December to the most recent additions of the Star Wars stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and the daily march of Captain Phasma and her fleet of Stormtroopers earlier this spring. Today we’re happy to share an update on the next exciting Star Wars experience that’s set to delight fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.”
This new nighttime show, which will be the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history, will begin nightly performances on June 17, 2016. This elaborate show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the park’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. And the show, which will feature music from throughout the film franchise, will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.
Beginning May 27, 2016, you and your family will be able to experience the magic of nature on display at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at night – for the first time ever. The park will awaken at night with new rich experiences under the stars and, on May 28,The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic live show will debut at the park.
One of the all new experiences coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park after the sun sets, including nightly awakenings of the park’s iconic Tree of Life. Beginning May 27, animal spirits will be brought to life each night by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment along with other amazing sights at the tree.
Also after the sun sets, you and your family also will be able to explore Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals like never before. Among the new experiences, the village of Harambe in Africa will become the place to enjoy “Wildlife Parti” and the spirited community of Discovery Island will come together to celebrate their love of the natural world with the Discover Island Carnivale.
And the park’s Discovery River will awaken at night and become a stunning stage for performances of the limited-engagement show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, inspired by the hit live-action film Disney’s The Jungle Book. Shows will feature memorable moments from the film, including the iconic Shere Khan, and will be filled with music and special effects that celebrate the movie and classic songs, infused with an Indian influence.
The “Rivers of Light” show still does not have an offical opening date. Please stay tuned for more updates!
The classic Soarin’ Over California will return to EPCOT on May 27, 2016. This will be your last chance to see the classic film before the new film arrives on June 17!
The new film, Soarin Around the World debuts at Walt Disney World in EPCOT on June 17, 2016.
The Norway Pavilion at EPCOT will be opening it’s attraction, Frozen Ever After on June 21, 2016! Frozen Ever After is replacing the Malestrom ride in Norway’s Pavilion. The Norway Pavilion is also receiving a new meet and greet, Royal Summerhus, where you can meet Princess Anna and Queen Elsa! The Royal Summerhus also opens on June 21!
The Frozen Ever After attraction allows you and your family to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, you’ll be transported to the “Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, you will pass Troll Valley on their way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle. FastPass+ is now available for this ride! You can select your FastPasses on the Walt Disney World website or on your My Disney Experience App!
Over at the nearby Royal Summerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, the royal sisters will be available for will for greeting opportunities.
The Norway Pavilion opens at 9am along with the Future World Area at EPCOT!
Here are some helpful tips and information for vacationers that are looking into visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the month of October!
The top three questions that everyone always asks is; how’s the weather, is it crowded and how much will it cost me? Well keep reading because I’m about to tell you!
During the month of October you can expect a moderate to heavy crowd level. I only say this because it is way into the Halloween Spirit at the Disney Parks and everyone is there trying to make the best of it. You can expect the Haunted Mansion and other such rides to be a long wait during this time of year.I would still suggest staying at a resort with a nice pool to take advantage of during the middle of the day when it is the hottest! It will not start to cool down in central Florida until November and even then it’s still hot!
EVENTS HAPPENING IN OCTOBER!
October continues starts the fall season at Disney World. During this month you will see the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations going up around the parks. The Magic Kingdom will hosting Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties to select guests! They are known to be a lot of fun plus you get a lot of candy! You also get to dress up as your favorite character! To find out more about Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party, click here!
DINING AND FASTPASS+ RESERVATIONS!
If you are planing on getting your first choice for advanced dining reservations you will need to book your reservations by April, which will be your 180 day mark. Also, if you are staying on property you can reserve your FastPass+ 60 days before your arrival date. Your 60-Days out date will be in August! For more information on FastPass+ and how all of that works, Click Here! For more information on Disney’s Dining Plans, Click Here!
PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS!
Disney has released it’s most famous offer again this year, FREE Dining! If you stay at select Disney World Resorts during a set about of dates you will be able to get a FREE Dining Plan! Also, during this the month of October you will be qualified for 25% off your Room Rate at select Disney World Resort Hotels. To find out more about the FREE Dining Offer, click here! To find out more about the discounted room rate, click here.
LET’S DO THE MATH!
Want to get an idea of how much your vacation would cost for you to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the month of September? Take a look at the following scenarios!
The first family on our list is visiting the Walt Disney Resort during the dates of 10/13 – 10/17. They are a family of five staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. They have selected to opt out of the Park Hopper and Dining Plan. Their vacation total is $2,935.99.
The second family on our list will be visiting during Halloween! There are a couple staying at Disney’s All-Star Sports and are not getting a Dining Plan or Park Hopper but they will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! They also qualify for the Last Summer Family Offer which gives them a discount on their room rate. Their vacation total will be $2,846.16.
The last family on our list will be spending a full week in Walt Disney World and they will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge. They have also chosen to go with the Disney Dining Plan. Their vacation total is $5,584.76.
I hope the information that I have provided will help those out that are looking to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in October 2016. If you have any additional questions that were not answered in this post, please ask away!