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More Entertainment Returning Across Walt Disney World Resort This Summer

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

It’s been really great this summer to once again gather in the Harambe Theatre at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park for “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” and to feel our hearts soar with the sight of fireworks in the skies over Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT. We’re continuing to work on bringing even more entertainment experiences back to Walt Disney World Resort, and today I’m thrilled to let you know about four other favorites returning soon.

Starting August 1, we’ll be lighting up the night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the return of “Wonderful World of Animation.” This cinematic nighttime experience leverages projection mapping technology to transform the park’s iconic Chinese Theater on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation.

On August 15, a tale as old as time will return to Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard with “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage.” The heartwarming tale of Belle and Beast will once again swirl to life in this lush stage performance, with colorful costumes, gorgeous scenery and the songs you know and love.

We’re also excited to share that you’ll soon be able to visit those monsters of comedy in Monstropolis and chat with a certain sea turtle at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Mike Wazowski will begin welcoming humans to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park on August 8. And beginning August 21, you can get your most pressing questions answered during Turtle Talk with Crush at EPCOT. Duuuude!

We also recently announced that all-new nighttime spectaculars “Disney Enchantment” and “Harmonious” would be debuting October 1 as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration. That means this summer is also your last chance to come out and catch the current fireworks shows before they sparkle into Disney history. “EPCOT Forever” will conclude its limited-time run on September 28, and you have until September 29 to take in the spectacle of “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom Park.

There’s much more to come as we continue building toward the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort and beyond, so keep reading Disney Parks Blog for all the latest updates.


  • Yes as Kathie said, “When is Hoop Dee Do returning?”
    I was saddened to realize it won’t be open by my visit the two weeks before the 50th.

  • Please tell me this isn’t happening. Is Happily Ever After really retiring? This has been my favorite fireworks show ever. I can’t imagine this would not be returning after the celebration. Sure hoping this is just some poorly worded statement.

  • When is FANTASMIC coming back?!?! It’s my favorite ! I also echo the other comments about Nemo !!

  • Is “Finding Nemo: The Musical” coming back? If not, is it going to be replaced by a “Raya” inspired show (which for theming purposes, makes more sense considering the building is between “Asia” and “Dinoland U.S.A”)?

  • Would Happily Ever After be back after the 18 month 50th Anniversary Celebration is over?

  • When is HoopDeeDoo Dinner Theater opening @Fort Wilderness? Would like to go ahead and book some reservations.
    Thank you!

  • This is awesome. When will the Finding Nemo show return to Animal Kingdom. This is our family’s favorite and can’t wait to be swimming with the fishes again.

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