There is so much coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World this summer. The parks are going to be jam packed with fun!… and most likely with people. Let’s jump into some of the things returning and coming to theme parks summer 2022.
Not new but still fun, we love Kite Tails at Animal Kingdom and enjoy stopping to watch this fun experience when we visit the park. It will be sticking around through the summer as will the character flotillas with some of our favorite characters!
“Festival of the Lion King”‘s fan favorite Tumble Monkeys are returning to the show this summer as well! As will the show’s iconic birds will once again soar above the stage. We are really excited for this!
But wait, there’s more! The reimagined “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond” – will be returning this summer too! No exact date yet but this will surely be worth celebrating!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will finally open at EPCOT on May 27. This long-awaited cosater is themed after the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films in what will be one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world.
You’ll see Nova Prime in the new Wonders of Xandar “other-world” pavilion at EPCOT, which the Xandarians are currently constructing in the park’s newly renamed World Discovery neighborhood. It’s here you’ll learn more about Xandarians and their advanced technologies, which they’re bringing to us here on Earth – or Terra, as they call our planet.
The longest running festival at Disney, The 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kicks off on July 14. The event will run through November 19. The fest will include amazing food, wine of course, drinks, merchandise, entertainment and more! The Eat to the Beat concernt series will return. This festival fave has not been around since 2019! The Remy Scavenger hunt will also return.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” recently won the Academy Award for best animated feature at this year’s Oscars, and a new sing-along version of the film is streaming on Disney+!
Beginning April 11, the façade of “it’s a small world” will be taken over with a brief visual montage that pays tribute to the movie’s hit song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” This musical delight comes to life through projection and lighting effects and an artistic style inspired by the lyrics, with select moments that feature characters from the film. Like the Madrigal family’s Casita, tiles across the “it’s a small world” façade flip, turn, and rearrange themselves as one scene transitions to the next, culminating in a celebratory chorus and a nod to Bruno’s mysterious prophecy about Mirabel.
During the day, you can also visit with Mirabel, the young hero from the film, at Frontierland’s Zocalo Park in a colorful photo location that pays homage to the Madrigal family from Colombia.
Starting April 22, “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns (once again) to Disneyland park. The parade will conclude with a brand new finale.
For the first time, Disney+ subscribers can save on stays at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels most nights July 8 through Sept. 30, 2022. For more information, including how to make sure your Disney+ subscription is linked to your My Disney Experience account in order to book, visit DisneyWorld.com/DisneyPlus.
Disney+ is known for bringing hours of entertainment to your homes, and with our Disney Resorts Collection, you can immerse yourself in some of your favorite Disney tales.
Plus, when staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can enjoy ease, convenience and special benefits:
- More Time in the Parks: During the 50th Anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests can enjoy 30 minutes of early entry to any theme park every day! Plus, guests staying in Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts can also experience extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks. For both of these options, guests will need valid theme park admission park reservation and Resort ID.
- Get Around with Ease: Complimentary transportation options, such as the world-famous monorail, Disney Skyliner and water taxis make it easy and fun to travel around. Some Disney Resort hotels are even within walking distance of a theme park.
- Magic Around Every Corner: The fun is seemingly endless at a Disney Resort hotel, where you can enjoy themed pools with waterslides, poolside activities and delicious dining experiences. You may even spot some familiar Disney friends palling around.
When it is time to head out to the theme parks, you can step right into the worlds of some of your favorite Disney+ movies or shows. Join Chef Remy in a culinary caper during Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, help the Resistance infiltrate the First Order in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and enjoy more exciting experiences across all four theme parks.
Be sure to have your theme park reservations set as they are required in addition to theme park tickets. Theme park tickets do not guarantee you entry into the parks and must be accompanied with theme park reservations which can be made on the My Disney Experience app.