Disney debuted a new hashtag today to begin the hype for a bunch of new experiences and highlighting the evening additions coming to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now every time we mutter the words “Rivers of Light” it must be followed by #AwakenSummer
It was announced on the Disney Parks Blog that Animal Kingdom will start extending their park hours to 11PM from the regular 5PM close time. Holy fricken wow that is quite the jump. Check the the Tree of Life light show, the Jungle Book water show, Harambe Wildlife Parti, and Discovery Island Carnivale. Attractions like Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, and Primeval Whirl will be open and FastPasses are now available for reservations on the My Disney Experience App!
*I checked to see if the extended hours would continue through the rest of the year but it looks like the close time goes back to 5PM around July 3rd. It’s probable that this will be updated after Disney calculates the park attendance during this trial period.
Other evening experiences starting in June : Magic Kingdom is debuting a new evening Castle show called Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will debut Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks Show.
Lastly, Epcot will open up the new Frozen Forever ride in Norway as well as the Soarin’ refurb/expansion. You can also meet Elsa and Anna in Norway at their new Meet-and-Greet location at Royal Sommerhus.