Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a #MonstrousSummer with special hours (24 hour openings!), Limited Time Magic and a summer of firsts for fantastic new and re-imagineered rides and features! To kick off the traditional family travel season, three theme parks will open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season. Throw in Star Wars Weekends, the grand reopening of California Grill, a new spa for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and more and it adds up to a summer that’s exciting, thrilling, magical…Monstrous! Check out the sneak peeks I found last weekend, and visit DisneyParks.com for information.
The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.
Monstrous First Summers…
Whether it’s the first summer of fun in New Fantasyland, the nonstop thrills of a re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet or all-new adventures letting guests play pirate in the Magic Kingdom or wilderness explorer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney announced an amazing lineup of fun and firsts, including:
New Fantasyland – From the lofty spires of Beast’s Castle to the fathoms-deep world of Ariel, New Fantasyland pours on its first summer of fun for Magic Kingdom guests. The new space doubles the size of Fantasyland and is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish dining experience in an elegant ballroom inspired by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” animated film classic. By day it’s “great food fast” for lunch while at night it’s full-service table dining featuring French-inspired cuisine. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid puts guests in clamshells traveling with Ariel and friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves. Enchanted Tales with Belle takes guests to a far-off French village and right into the world of Belle, Lumiere and Madame Wardrobe — feeling transformed in the process.
Test Track Presented by Chevrolet -The re-imagined iconic attraction puts guests in the designer’s studio for an immersive experience as they create their own virtual concept vehicle before boarding a “SimCar” to race through a thrilling series of hills, hairpin turns and straightaways.
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow experience – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow gives Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests a chance to become immersed in the action and adventure of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Buccaneer wannabes journey deep into an eerie lost grotto, where they are put to the test to see if they have what it takes to sail with Captain Jack’s crew.
‘Star Wars’ Weekends Returns to the Disney Galaxy in May and June – Star Wars Weekends, the Force-filled fun-fest that takes place annually at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort galaxy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013. Among the features: a special Star Wars-themed parade, appearances by Star Wars celebrities, special additions to Jedi Training Academy, a Star Wars-themed talk show, behind-the-scenes presentations, limited-edition merchandise, a nightly dance celebration and more.
For information on these and all of the fabulous events at Disney, visit DisneyParks.com.