Incredible Summer Starts at Walt Disney World

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — (May 25, 2018) The fun is heating up at Walt Disney World Resort with all-new entertainment and more set to debut Memorial Day weekend rounding out a simply incredible kick-off to summer.

Donald’s Dino-Bash! is a lively celebration with festive decor and character greetings galore, premiering May 25 in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. During this prehistoric party Donald and pals take over DinoLand U.S.A. to celebrate Donald’s new-found discovery that ducks are actually descendants of dinosaurs. Guests will enjoy photo ops and greetings in several locations with feathered friends like Donald, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad McQuack, and others during a rip-roaring party. The day culminates with a nightly Dino-Riffic dance party with Chip ‘n Dale, along with a DJ spinning wild tunes.

At Magic Kingdom Park, Super Heroes take center stage with the May 25 premiere of the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo. This celebration of all things super welcomes Edna Mode — the legendary supersuit designer for the Supers — to Magic Kingdom Park for the first time ever. Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Mrs. Incredible and other characters from the Disney●Pixar film, “The Incredibles,” and the upcoming “Incredibles 2,” join together for an interactive celebration featuring incredible decor and high-energy music. Families can even get their groove on during “Super Party Time,” a continuous dance party and show on the Rockettower Plaza Stage with themed games and engaging performances by up-and-coming Supers.

More Big Fun in Store
Incredible summer fun continues at Epcot with more Super Hero action. Star-Lord and Gamora, from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in the Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Live! concert series. Featuring hits from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtapes — fun and favorite tunes from the two movie soundtracks — the show will take place five times daily June 9 through Aug. 19.

The big thing happening June 30 is also really small. That’s the grand opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy in a playful land inspired by the hit Disney●Pixar “Toy Story” films. Encompassing eleven fun-filled acres, Toy Story Land will be home to two all-new attractions, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, and one expanded favorite — Toy Story Mania!

More Memorial Day Fun at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is in on the incredible summer fun, too. The Memorial Day Summer Kickoff Fan Zone is a two-day, festival-style event that is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage options, high-energy music by a popular DJ, event merchandise, vendor booths presented by brands such as GoGo Squeeze, Apex and Puma, and a television viewing party Saturday afternoon for the UEFA Champions League title match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The sports complex’s packed summer schedule also gets underway May 25-28 with three major events — the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Tournament presented by Danimals, the Disney Memorial Day Baseball Classic and the AAU Basketball Memorial Day Classic. Combined, these three events will encompass more than 16,000 athletes and coaches from 21 different states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Argentina, making it one of the most active weekends of the year at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

One-Year Anniversary for Pandora — The World of Avatar
Memorial Day weekend also marks the one-year anniversary of Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The jaw-dropping land continues to amaze guests, letting them journey to an alien world where they soar on the back of banshees, marvel at floating mountains and sail thru a bioluminescent rainforest.

The glowing world of Pandora was the inspiration for a limited-release, interactive banshee that is set to fly into the Windtraders merchandise location on May 27, the land’s one-year anniversary. Banshees — available in myriad colors — have been a treasured take home for guests since Pandora opened. The new banshee is inspired by Pandora’s bioluminescent landscape and features a moving head, mouth and wings.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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