Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 24, 2016

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we shared an amazing lineup of new attractions and experiences debuting this summer across all four Walt Disney World theme parks and beyond. And we kicked off the updates by announcing that this Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a whole new way – at night.


For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence. Visit our original story for more details on how Disney’s Animal Kingdom will awaken when the sun goes down.

And one of the favorite updates this week was a first look at the themed attractions coming to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check out the concept video of Slinky Dog Dash – a family coaster you’ll want to ride again and again. The attraction will feature a coaster track that Andy has built all over his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit, but as you know, he has a pretty amazing imagination, so he’s combined it with some of his other toys.

We shared more details on how Toy Story Land is coming to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in our original story.

Here are some of the other stories we shared during the week.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Invited to Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Special Advanced Screening at the Disneyland Resort – He’s been visiting with Disney California Adventure park guests for the last few weeks, and now The First Avenger is getting ready to make his big-screen return in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”!

Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight at Disney Parks This Summer – Imagine a wind-through-your-hair flight above The Great Wall of China, a bird’s-eye view of the Sydney Harbor in Australia, gliding around the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Louise Stewart and Cindy Vallerga-Brown Have Been Happily Working the Main Entrance Together for 50 Years – In 1966, Louise Stewart and Cindy Vallerga-Brown were just out of high school, and transplants to Southern California, when they decided to apply for jobs at Disneyland.

Disney Parks After Dark: Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park – Fantasyland has provided so many opportunities to photograph Disneyland park attractions after dark.

Frozen Ever After Attraction Set to Open at Epcot in June – We have an exciting update for all of you “Frozen” fans today. The Frozen Ever After attraction that’s currently being constructed in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot is set to open in June.

Disney Springs To Open More Than 30 New Shops & Dining Spots Throughout the Summer – Last week, Disney Parks Blog author Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared fun storyline details about the newest neighborhood coming to Disney Springs, Town Center.