Disney's Animal KingdomLet's first start the largest new addition, the "Rivers of Light" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom. On April 22nd, Earth Day, the first nighttime show at Disney's Animal Kingdom will debut. It will feature "illuminating musical experience celebrates the magic of animals and humans and the natural world with a blend of performers, floating lanterns and theatrical animal imagery."
The new show is not all for the traditionally daytime park. The Tree of Life will come to life as magical fireflies bring forth the animal spirits. With the park open late, you'll be able to enjoy more than just the tree and waterside. Kilimanjaro Safari will offer it's first nighttime adventure, with special lighting so guests can continue to enjoy the animals. If the safari isn't quite your speed, you can trek across the park for Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, or Kali River Rapids into the night.
Magic KingdomThe time has come for a new stage show at Magic Kingdom on the Cinderella Castle stage. For the first time Tiana and Rapunzel will be joining Anna, Elsa, and the classic characters for Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire. While I enjoy the current show with the classic princesses, I'm happy to see Tiana and Rapunzel getting a chance on the stage. I love the music from both of their movies, so I'll be excited to check this out on our next trip this summer. Of course my youngest is currently in love with Elsa, so he'll be having a good time as well.
EpcotEpcot will have a couple of changes this summer. First is of course the changes to Norway, where you can step in Arendelle aboard the Frozen Ever After boat ride. The ride will feature new advanced Audio-Animatronics, a "Summer Snow Day", the ice palace, and of course music from the movie. The ride is not the only change to the Norway pavilion. You'll be able to visit the Royal Sommerhus where Anna and Elsa are greeting guests. I'll be happy to see the Norway pavilion ride reopened, though I'll miss Maelstrom, I'm happy to have something back. Plus, as previously mentioned, my son adores Elsa.
On the Future World side of the park, there will be two main additions. Soarin' will see the addition of a third theater, digital screens and projectors, all to give you the U.S. debut of Soarin' Around the World. I'm excited for the new show, as Soarin' is such a unique and awesome experience. Lastly, in early-May "Turtle Talk with Crush" will be receiving some additions with characters from the upcoming "Finding Dory". Turtle Talk with Crush is a fun little show, but can definitely do with some additional characters and content. I'll be interested to see what they add, and to see the new movie this summer as well.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
One of the the additions to the parks I'm most excited for will be the Star Wars additions to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Now, while we may have to wait for that to come to fruition, but there will be some Star Wars-themed additions coming sooner. This summer will see the "next-generation of the Star Wars-themed fireworks shows," Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Fireworks, lasers, video projects, and the iconic score from the films, what's not to love?
April 4th will see the debut of the live stage show "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away", celebrating the iconic moments of the saga. The recently opened Star Wars Launch Bay will see the addition of the March of the First Order Stormtrooper procession, from the launch bay to the Center Stage, led by the shiny Captain Phasma. You'll also be able to find the update Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple as well as the updates to Star Tours - The Adventure Continues for the Force Awakens.