June 30, 2016

By: Festiva Getaways

Disney’s Fresh Summer Offerings for 2016

With one of Walt Disney World's peak seasons on the horizon, they have opened up a slew of new/revamped attractions to delight the throng of guests descending on their parks for the month of July.

The biggest addition is Frozen Ever After, a new attraction in Epcot's Norway pavilion that's based on the enormously popular film from 2012. The ride takes the place of Maelstrom, an educational attraction that told the history of Norway. Frozen Ever After retains the same track and boats used for that attraction, but has replaced all of the animatronics.

In classic Disney fashion, the ride is a show that guests move through as animatronic characters perform and sing. The animatronics are the most advanced you'll ever see, perfectly mimicking the movements of the CGI characters from the movie.

As all things Frozen at Disney Parks tend to be, the ride's been open for a week and has consistently queued up long lines that have, at times, stretched to five hours. If this attraction is a priority for you, please plan accordingly when scheduling dinner reservations or other attractions' fast passes.

With the opening of this new ride comes another major change, the face characters of Anna and Elsa are no longer meeting at the Magic Kingdom in Princess Fairy Tale Hall. They now meet and greet guests right near their ride in Epcot, but expect similarly long lines to the ones they've previously attracted.

But that also means there's a shakeup to the lineup in Princess Fairy Tale Hall. With Anna and Elsa moved out, Princesses Aurora ( Sleeping Beauty) and Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) have moved in. Aurora meets with Cinderella on one side, and Rapunzel shares her space with Tiana on the other.

And there are still opportunities to see Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom. They, along with lots of their friends, appear in the new castle stage show, Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire. Performed on the stage in front of Cinderella's Castle, the new show features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy who invite guests from other magical lands to join their show. These guests include Princesses Tiana, Rapunzel, Anna and Queen Elsa, along with their friends Flynn Rider, Naveen and Olaf.

If thrill rides get your blood pumping, then look no further than the newly revamped Soarin' at Epcot. Featuring an entirely new film for riders to experience, the motion simulator attraction packs in adventures for the brave souls who climb aboard.

Previously, the landmarks riders would "soar" over were from California. The new ride includes landmarks from all over the world. Guests still dangle their feet as if they are on a glider, but now they'll be dangling their feet over locations from across the globe.

But this isn't the end of Disney's renovations. Besides the new changes to Disney's Animal Kingdom, there's still the unveiling of the all new Avatar land on the horizon, changes to Disney's Hollywood Studios that will include Star Wars attractions, and so much more. After all, Disney is always updating and always innovating.