Disney World confirms opening dates for new attractions
The Walt Disney World Resort this morning confirmed specific public opening dates for its line-up of new shows and attraction updates at its theme parks this summer.
On May 27, the new Tree of Life nighttime project show will debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the original "Over California" version of Soarin' will return at Epcot for a limited run.
On May 28, The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, the replacement show for Rivers of Light, will begin its run on the Discovery River at Animal Kingdom.
On June 17, Soarin' Around the World will debut at Epcot, replacing the original version, the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show will debut on the Magic Kingdom castle stage, and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and projection light show will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios
And on June 21, the Frozen Ever After ride and the adjacent Royal Sommerhus meet-and-greet with Anna & Elsa will open at Epcot. To accommodate the expected crowds, the Norway (Arendelle) pavilion will open at 9am instead with the rest of the World Showcase pavilions at 11am. Disney will offer Fastpass+ for the ride (an overlay of the old Maelstrom attraction), but not for the meet and greet.
To help you plan your late-spring trips, here's what else is opening at major theme parks around the world in the next month or so:
May 26 (Media preview) - Cobra's Curse, Busch Gardens Tampa
May 27 - Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, Disney California Adventure
June 10 - Mako, SeaWorld Orlando
June 11 - GhostRider, Knott's Berry Farm
June 16 - Shanghai Disneyland
June 23 (Media preview) - Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal's Islands of Adventure
For more attraction opening dates (and links to reviews):
Any mention of when fas pass will be available for the frozen ride?
Disney fans are going to be mighty angry if the Frozen ride doesn't match up to what we're seeing in Shanghai. It doesn't have to be as awesome as Shanghai's Pirates ride, but it can't be underwhelming like the Little Mermaid ride.
Think there's any chance of Disney doing a soft launch for the Frozen ride in the days before? (We leave four days before it opens. We didn't plan our trip to ride this or anything dumb like that, but just wondering if they ever do soft launches generally?)
The new Frozen Ride will probably be just the Maelstrom with new scenery. As for the Little Mermaid, I don't think it is underwhelming at all.
Fast passes start May 21st
As long as the kids like it, the Frozen ride will be a hit.
The quality of the Frozen ride will be dependent on the quality of the animatronics. Maelstrom was always a moderately amusing boat ride. Whether or not it becomes something with re-ride-ability will entirely be based on how well the characters are brought to life.
Any word on soft openings for Kong?
If the Frozen ride doesn't keep the polar bear it will be a failure.
I'm sure Frozen's gonna be a decent ride. But I still wish they would've built it in Fantasyland instead, where it would've been a better fit. I find it ironic because Fantasyland has Small World which would be a better fit in World Showcase and vice-versa with Frozen. Then again, taking Small World out of MK would probably be considered blasphemy. Regardless, I'm still looking forward to Frozen. Just don't go in expecting anything big or grand. Speaking of which...
Little mermaid is worse then the Finding Nemo ride at Epcot at least in that one you feel like you are underwater instead of a department store with blue floors cheap plastic manquins on metal rods.
Hype for GhostRider!
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