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Top 5 Disney World Summer 2014 Must-Dos

by Ashley Metz on June 3, 2014

I love the summer! I love late nights, warm temperatures, vacations, and all things slow and lazy that come with this fabulous season! There's really no better place to make your summer vacation plans than Disney World. Crowds are doable, school work won't be missed, and with all that extra daylight, you really can play the night away! Today I'm sharing with you my top 5 Disney World summer 2014 must-dos for all of you who are visiting Disney World!

1.  Ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

FastPass+ Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

OK, so I've not actually done this myself (sad times for me), but if you're going to Disney World this summer then you MUST ride the newest addition to the parks. With its official opening day just a few days ago, this mine train is fresh and ready for the riding. Make sure to take advantage of FastPass+ so that you can ride without the wait.  There's no better way to "rock your Disney side" than in the mines -- get it!!!!  Make your way straight to New Fantasyland and set to work in the mines with Happy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Happy.  Miners are wanted ... this means YOU!

2.  Enjoy the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

This parade is relatively new so if you've not been to the parks in the past few months, you'll find this beautiful parade to capture the wonder and magic of it all! Watch in amazement as the queen of the summer, Maleficent (in dragon form), makes her way down the streets of Main Street USA -- she really knows how to heat it up on a summer day! Enjoy a nice cold treat as you watch this amazing, beautiful Festival of Fantasy!

3.  Rock out at EPCOT's Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Disney World summer 2014 - Eat to the Beat

In June and July, the American Pavilion stage in EPCOT is literally rocking to the sounds of the summer. Tribute bands from some of the greatest of the greats will send good vibrations across the World Showcase Lagoon. Admission to the concerts are included with regular park admission, just make sure you get there in time to get a good seat.

Here's the Sounds Like Summer 2014 line-up:

  • June 8-14
    Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21
    DSB - Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28
    Good Vibrations - A Celebration of the Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5
    Don't Look Back - Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6-12
    Stayin' Alive - A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13-19
    Slippery When Wet - The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26
    2U - A Tribute to U2

4. Cool Things Down at a Disney Water Park

Disney World summer 2014 - Typhoon Lagoon

You simply can't skip out on the great water park options that Disney has to offer! From the water coaster Crushin' Gusher at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon to the daring drop 12 stories down Summit Plummet at Disney's Blizzard Beach there are thrills and action around every turn. Don't worry, if you're looking for a chance to chill out, there are plenty of opportunities for lounging in the sun, floating down a lazy river on a tube, and simply enjoying the pool. There's really something for everyone in your party to enjoy at these awesome water parks! I highly suggest you check out the water parks during your stay this summer. Remember, if you upgrade to the water park option, you can stretch out your vacation (you can use park tickets on some days and water park tickets on other days so you can make 4 days worth of theme park tickets into an 8-day trip with water park days).

5. Celebrate Harambe Nights

Disney World summer 2014 - Tree of Life

Enjoy this awesome new event in honor of the 20th anniversary of "The Lion King."  Every Saturday night from June 7 through Aug. 14, you'll be able to attend this awesome event. Tickets to this special summer event are $119 for adults and $79 for children. Start the night off with a reception then move to the Harambe theater to enjoy the new stage show The Lion King: Concert in the Wild. Finish the night off in the streets of Animal Kingdom and enjoy a variety of activities (like dancing, characters, music, merchandise and all inclusive food and beverages). Check out the celebrities who are set to narrate the show, here's the lineup:

  • Viola Davis – June 7, 2014
  • Avery Brooks – June 14, 2014
  • Montego Glover – June 21, 2014
  • David Alan Grier – June 28, 2014
  • Michael Beach – July 5, 2014
  • Harry Lennix – July 12, 2014
  • Joe Morton – July 19, 2014
  • Alfre Woodard – July 26, 2014
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell – August 2, 2014
  • Patina Miller – August 9, 2014

I hope this little list will inspire you as you start off summer with your Disney side in full motion! What is one of your Disney World summer 2014 must-dos?  Share them with us below and help us light up the night!

Until next time, keep it magical!

Ashley is the author of Disney: Done Right Blog and a writer for Chip and Co. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter!


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