Top 7 Tips for the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World
Packed with pixie dust and magical family fun, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is never short on cool things to do and see. And with the addition of new attractions, dining and entertainment, the vacation kingdom is set to have the coolest summer ever.
Here are Visit Orlando's top tips for you to enjoy all the cool events and new things to do at Walt Disney World this summer.
Cool Tip No. 1: "Frozen" Summer Fun LIVE
The fun heats up when "Frozen" Summer Fun LIVE starts June 17 and continues daily through Sept. 7 at Disney's Hollywood Studios with a variety of events based on the hit animated feature. Join in on a "Frozen" sing-along with the royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, as their interactive show moves to a new venue: the Hyperion Theater (formerly Superstar Television Theater).
Extra Cool: Stay late and watch Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf come together at the Event Stage for a grand finale to the day's festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring "Frozen" Fireworks display set to the music of "Frozen" and, of course, a flurry of snow!
Cool Tip No. 2: Teen Beach 2 Party at Typhoon Lagoon
Move over Gidget, the stars of the Disney Channel Movie Teen Beach 2 have dropped by to kick off an endless summer party in the sands of Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park. May 22 through July 5, guests of all ages can enjoy some retro fun, including relays on the sand, hula-hoop spinning, and water-balloon and beach-ball tossing, all while grooving to 1960s tunes spun by a live party DJ.
Extra Cool: When guests purchase a one-day water park ticket, they can park-hop between Disney's two water parks in the same day that both are open.
Cool Tip No. 3: Downtown Disney Expansion
Disney Springs is currently undergoing a major renovation. Although construction continues, many shops and dining locations have already opened where you can find hot summer fashion trends and cool new waterfront dining.
Extra Cool: Disney Springs Parking Garage
One of two planned multi-level parking garages has opened at Disney Springs. Cast members point your way to the ramps and directional markers guide you directly into an available parking space.
Using the latest technology, Disney has taken the headache out of hunting down your parking space. Just follow the green arrows and you're there. Oh, and did we mention that the parking is totally free? That's just way cool!
Cool Tip No. 4: Dining at The BOATHOUSE
Set sail for a dining experience unlike anywhere else in Orlando. The BOATHOUSE is the area's newest upscale restaurant, offering an extensive menu showcasing steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. Serious steak lovers will want to gnaw on the Tomahawk Long Bone Rib Chop for Two.
Extra Cool: Take a Ride in an Amphicar
Have a boatload of fun with a ride in an Amphicar at The BOATHOUSE. These iconic, 1960s-era vehicles, which drive on land and float in the water, have been painstakingly restored and are ready for a one-of-a-kind voyage in Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs.
Cool Tip No. 5: The New Harambe Market
Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom is home to many of the park's most popular attractions, including Kilimanjaro Safaris and the new venue for the "Festival of the Lion King" show. Now, a new marketplace area is being added to offer even more opportunities to taste exotic flavors and shop for unique treasures.
Extra Cool: In addition to new window-service restaurants where you can sip on watermelon lemonade and snack on curry corn dogs, the new space is also a direct connect from the Africa to the Asia areas of the park, creating a circular flow through Harambe Village and easing guest traffic flow.
Cool Tip No. 6: Central Gardens at Magic Kingdom
Two new community garden areas at the Magic Kingdom, near Cinderella Castle, are now open and provide picturesque views of the park. Shade trees and synthetic grass in the new Central Plaza gardens provide a cool place for you to relax and spend some time off your feet.
Extra Cool: The areas are also designed to provide prime viewing for the nightly Wishes fireworks show. Guests must make a FastPass+ reservation for fireworks viewing.
Cool Tip No. 7: American Music Machine at Epcot
Performing this summer at Epcot is a new musical performance: American Music Machine. Combining a repertoire of acapella melody with vocal percussions, this energetic musical troupe will perform a diverse range of contemporary and classic American pop hits. The beatboxing group performs Wednesday through Sunday each week at the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot.
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