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Disney Parks readies host of summer attractions

The House of Mouse will launch a number of new attractions and experiences at all four Walt Disney World theme parks and at Disney Springs.
February 5, 2018

The House of Mouse is gearing up to launch a number of new attractions and experiences, with festivities at all four Walt Disney World theme parksas well as Disney Springsrolling out on US Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 27).

Toy Story Land will open its doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will take guests into Andy’s backyard, where they will experience family-friendly coaster Slinky Dog Dash as well as Alien Swirling Saucers. A third track will be added to existing attraction Toy Story Mania! and new quick-service kiosk Woody’s Lunch Box will serve food and old-fashioned soda floats.

This summer will also see the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland taken over by Disney-Pixar superheroes. Guests will be able to spend time with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from The Incredibles and upcoming Incredibles 2, which premieres on June 15. Additionally, superhero costume designer Edna Mode will mingle with guests for the first time. Festivities at Tomorrowland will culminate with a dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage.

Epcot, meanwhile, will also be getting the super treatment this summer when Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy join an alien band at the America Gardens Theater. The show will feature hits from the two movies’ soundtracks and build anticipation for the upcoming Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

Summer 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and The House of Mouse is celebrating with two new experiences. Donald Duck will take over Dinoland USA in a new character celebration while Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his dog Dug (from the Disney-Pixar film Up) will teach guests about birds from around the world in Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure.

Lastly, Disney Springs will offer Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a new hyper-reality experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID. Additionally, a number of new restaurants and bars will open their doors.

In summer 2017, after Disney’s Parks and Resorts revenue increased by 9% to US$4.3 billion in Q2 2017, the company announced more than a dozen new attractions and experience for its global entities. In addition to Toy Story Land and a number of new Star Wars attractions, Disney announced a Tron-themed experience as well as the first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction.

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Elizabeth Foster is Kidscreen's Copy Chief & Special Reports Editor. Contact Elizabeth at efoster@brunico.com

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