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Summertime is Underway at Disney Parks

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

We just wrapped up the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event here at Disney Parks – our big kick-off to summer! There’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer … here’s a peek:
At Walt Disney World Resort, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens on May 28. The crowning jewel of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, this new attraction takes guests on a rollicking musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that includes songs from favorite Disney films along with a new parade theme song.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the popular “Festival of the Lion King” returns this summer in the new Harambe Theatre. The park will offer Harambe Nights on Saturday evenings, June 7 through August 9, featuring a dazzling theatrical experience and energetic street party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s film, “The Lion King.”
At the Disneyland Resort, guests can enjoy the newly reopened and enhanced Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, along with dazzling summer entertainment that, beginning in mid-June, will include “Frozen” characters in a special pre-parade float for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. The pre-parade unit features Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and snowman Olaf.

Other summer entertainment in Disneyland includes daily performances of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” nightly performances of both “Fantasmic!” and “Magical” fireworks spectacular and a variety of new entertainment daily in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. At Disney California Adventure park, guests continue to enjoy Cars Land and the popular nighttime offerings, “World of Color” and Mad T Party.

What are you looking forward to this summer at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!


  • Hi,

    We will be coming to Disney World in Aug next month. Can you tell me where I can purchase Elsa and Anna costumes at the resort? Or would I be able to have it delivered to my room as a surprise for my girls when we get there?

  • I’m looking forward to the Disneyland 5K!

  • My 4 year old son is totally obsessed with Thumper. Erin, can you tell me if Thumper will be doing meet n greets in July?

  • think we can see a tribute to Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade seeing how it’s going to end on the 31st. I love that parade with all my heart and I almost cried when I saw it on the 23rd before I went to the rock your Disney side event. I’m going to miss that parade with all my heart…

  • Is there a way to share the blog on my facebook page? I see I can tweet it but not share on Facebook. Thanks

  • Looking forward to another exciting summer at
    Disneyland. See you in August my Disney family!!!!

  • Any date for the Festival of the Lion King opening?

  • Looking forward to big thunder ranch jamboree! Do you have any info about the characters? We will be character hunting this summer!

  • I am BEYOND excited to get to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on my birthday trip this August!!! #36 will be my first birthday spent at Disney.

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