April 19, 2016, 7:24 PM ·
Walt Disney World is promoting its line-up of new shows and attractions for this summer with a big press event at the resort this week. There's not much news coming out of the event, as Disney still isn't releasing firm opening dates for most of the big new attractions. And the planned public debut of the Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom — the keystone event for the press junket — isn't happening either. But Disney is releasing some interesting teases for the attractions.
First, we've got our first glimpse at some of the new ride video for the upcoming Soarin' Around the World show, which debuts at Shanghai Disneyland on June 16, then follows at Epcot and Disney California Adventure the next day. Epcot's Soarin' attraction also is getting a third theater for the show, in an attempt to reduce its often hours-plus wait.
Over in World Showcase, the old Maelstrom ride is becoming Frozen Ever After, a musical adventure featuring Anna, Elsa, and the whole gang from Arendelle. Academy Award-winning composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez talked about their roles in adapting Frozen into the new attraction.
Much of Disney's Hollywood Studios will remain a construction zone this summer, as work continues on Toy Story Land and the new Star Wars land. But DHS is getting an expansive new Star Wars-themed fireworks and projection mapping show this summer — Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Show Director Michael Roddy explains:
Frozen Ever After and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will open sometime in June.
Finally, Disney's Animal Kingdom will expand its hours into the evening... at some point starting Memorial Day weekend. When the sun sets, Animal Kingdom will entertain visitors with a new night version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris, a projection mapping show on the Tree of Life and, eventually, Rivers of Light — the big new show on the Discovery River in front of Expedition Everest. Here's a taste of the Tree of Life Awakens show:
Here's a taste of the new "Tree of Life Awakens" projection show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, opening next month: pic.twitter.com/0SlLMfYMqU
Update: Disney confirmed tonight that a Jungle Book-themed show will debut in Rivers of Light's place at Animal Kingdom, starting Memorial Day weekend. "Jungle Book: Alive with Magic" will run for the summer, suggesting that we won't see Rivers of Light until fall, if then.