May has been an exciting month in Orlando with the openings for both Walt Disney World and Universal Resort, see all the latest news on current and upcoming events below.
PANDORA – WORLD OF AVITAR
On May 27, Pandora – World of Avatar the long awaiting expansion to Animal Kingdom has finally opened. Here guests will find floating mountains and bioluminescent plants as seen in the movie. With two new attractions this should definitely be on the list to visit. The Na’vi River Journey travels through the bioluminescent rainforest, whilst the Avatar Flight of Passage will allow you to explore on the back of a Banshee. We will be visiting Pandora during June, keep an eye on our Instagram & Facebook for photos.
DISNEY MOVIE MAGIC
A new 10 minute projection show on the Chinese Theatre was a surprise release last week. Movies highlighted include Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Indiana Jones and Guardians of the Galaxy. The show is scheduled 30 minutes before Star Wars Galactic Spectacular.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Debuting on May 12, Happily Ever After has replaced Wishes, the new show features the latest technology in fireworks, pyrotechnics technology and animated scenes from a variety of films which are projected onto Cinderella Castle.
MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY
This year the party will start early with dates across August, September, October & November. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will take place over 32 Nights this year. This is a ticketed event from 7pm to midnight, after normal park hours. In front of Cinderella’s Castle catch the show Hocus Pocus and firework show Happy HalloWishes, and Main Street hosts the Boo-to-You Parade. Trick-or Treating is all part of the experience, costumes are allowed but check Disney’s guidance before attending.
Tickets are on sale now, Party nights are as follows:
- August 25, 29
- September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
- October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
For more information click here
MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Deck the parks with amazing Christmas decorations during November & December as the Holiday season comes to Magic Kingdom as well as the other parks and resorts. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a ticketed event taking place for 21 Nights after normal park hours. During the Party find Mickey and Friends in thier holiday outfits as well as special entertainment including Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade as well as Holiday Wishes.
Tickets are on sale soon, Party nights are as follows:
- November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
- December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
For more information click here, for dates after December 22, you will be able to catch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes as normally scheduled events.
Please be aware of the following rides will be closed for refurbishments.
- Hall of Presidents – January 17 through June 29, 2017
- Splash Mountain – August 28 to November 16, 2017
- Liberty Square Riverboat – August 1 to August 10, 2017
2017 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Full of demonstrations, seminars and talks this years food and wine festival will be 75 days long, starting August 31 and continuing through to November 13. The upcoming schedule looks amazing, for more information visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com
Please be aware the following ride will be closed for refurbishment.
- Mission Space – from June 5 until July 31, 2017
THE POLITE PIG
Newly opened this May this restaurant offers a modern barbecue experience serving woodfired smoked and grilled items. Check out the menu here.
WINE BAR GEORGE
Coming late 2017 to the Landing will be Wine Bar George, here there will be more than 100 specially selected wines to choose from acclaimed to up-and-coming wineries. The Master Sommelier George Milotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World with the Californian Grill on his resume.
After 19 years Disney quest will be closing its doors on July 3, 2017 for the final time. This location will eventually become The NBA experience.
If you ever planned to see this show now is the time, after 19 years this Cirque du Soleii show will close at the end of December 2017, Disney are yet to announce what the replacement will be.
Opened May 25, Universal’s Volcano Bay is marked to set the new standard in waterparks. Visit here for more information. We will be in town during June, so keep an eye on our Instagram & Facebook for photos.
The Kraken Rollercoaster is due to open June 16, 2017 with a virtual reality (VR) overlay, this will be Orlando’s first experience of this kind.
If you are yet to check it out, why not take a look at our Helpful Hints: Back Pack Essentials article.