New Openings Coming to Disney World – Frozen, Star Wars, Safaris, Ohh My!

Walt Disney World has been promoting their Awakening Summer Event and many new opening dates have been announced this morning for anticipated new attractions and shows!


Firstly, and most highly anticipated, is the announcement of the grand opening of two new “Frozen” attractions in EPCOT!  Starting on June 21st at the Norway pavilion at Epcot – Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus (Anna & Elsa meet and greet) will officially open!  With the addition of these new attractions, the Norway pavilion will begin opening at 9am with the rest of Future World. FastPass+ reservations for Frozen Ever After open tomorrow on May 21st.   At this time it does not appear that Fastpass+ reservations will be available for the Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet.


Secondly, for the first time ever, Animal Kingdom will be open late into the evening with new nighttime attractions!  The Tree of Life will have nightly awakenings beginning on May 27th where animal spirits will be brought to life each night by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment along with other amazing sights at the tree.  In addition, two evening parties will also debut on the 27th – “Wildlife Parti” in Harambe Village and the Discovery Island Carnivale on Discovery Island.  Nightime Safaris will also open on the 27th and will give you a look into the animals nightly activity and environment.  Fastpass+ for the Safari will should open on May 21st.

May 28th will also bring the debut of ‘The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic’ to the Discovery River. This is a limited engagement as the team of Imagineers prepares for the debut of Rivers of Light. FastPass+ and dining packages for these experiences at Animal Kingdom will open on May 21st.

Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge will open on May 27th at Animal Kingdom. There will be dining packages available here for guests to experience The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic. It will be similar to the Fantasmic! dining packages at Hollywood Studios. The other option for the dining package will be Tusker House Restaurant. Reservations for both Tiffins Restaurant and the dining package open on May 21st!


Thirdly, ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’ will make its debut on June 17th at Hollywood Studios and it will be performed nightly. It will be the largest and most elaborate show that Disney’s Hollywood Studios has ever performed!

Also, you can expect for the new Soarin’ Around the World to debut in EPCOT on June 17th. From May 27th – June 16th, you will be able to see the original film one last time.  FastPass+ reservations for the original film showing from May 27th – June 16th will open up on May 21st.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will be making its debut on June 17th. This show will take place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle and will include your favorite characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy will but will also feature Princess Tiana, Rapunzel and Anna & Elsa!  (Great way to get your Anna & Elsa fix in!)

So that does it for some of the openings and announcements for today.  Let’s recap what is opening for Fastpass+ Reservations and Advance Dining Reservations for tomorrow morning:

 Fastpass+ Reservations Opening May 21st:

-Frozen Ever After (EPCOT)

-Soarin’ (original film showing May 27th-June 16th) (EPCOT)

-Soarin’ Around the World (new film debuting June 17th) (EPCOT)

-Nighttime Safaris (Animal Kingdom)

-The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Show (Animal Kingdom)


Advance Dining Reservations Opening May 21st

-Tiffins Restaurant (opening May 27th) (Animal Kingdom)

-Jungle Book Dining Packages (available at both Tiffins & Tusker House)


Keep in mind this information is to the best of my knowledge and is an educated guess, actual availability for these options and information will be best verified on May 21st.

Contact me at if you’d like more info on any of these attractions, or if you need assistance in making any of your Fastpass+ or Advance Dining Reservations!



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