Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here Are This Week's Theme Park Highlights:
- Halloween Time will begin at the Disneyland Resort Sept. 2! You know what that means — adorable seasonal decor, including the iconic Mickey pumpkin on Main Street, plus special ride overlays such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark, characters in costume, delicious specialty food and drink and the "Halloween Screams" nighttime spectacular. Oogie Boogie Bash, a separately ticketed Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park, will kick off Sept. 6, too. Let the costume planning begin!
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has an all-new attraction! Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex is now open. The 50,000-square-foot, multi-level attraction takes guests into the present and future of deep space exploration, featuring interactive exhibits, artifacts and more, including the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster that launched Elon Musk's Tesla into space. Guests can even climb inside a full-scale mockup of a Boeing Starliner capsule! Ready for lift-off? Check out our discounted tickets to Kennedy Space Center!
- Attention Users! Disney Imagineers provided another sneak peek at TRON Lightcycle / Run. The all-new Magic Kingdom attraction tested its show lighting in the canopy, serving as the Upload Conduit to the Grid; riders (aka Users) will race beneath on Lightcycles. The ride's canopy is visible from many places throughout the park, including the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
- Hip, hop, hooray for returning entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Finding Nemo: The Big Blue ... and Beyond is now open at Theater in the Wild. Guests can once again enjoy songs such as "In the Big Blue World" and "Go with the Flow," set to a new script with updated screens and effects. Additionally, Mickey and Minnie are greeting guests once more in their safari attire at Adventurer's Outpost.
- Universal Orlando announced a new escape room experience coming to Universal CityWalk — Universal's Great Movie Escape was created and designed by Halloween Horror Nights house designers and will feature "Jurassic World" and "Back to the Future" rooms. Sign us up! Universal's Great Movie Escape is taking over The Groove dance club next to Antojitos and will open this fall.
- A very special Harmonious live stream is coming to Disney+! Hosted by Idina Menzel, with special guest Auli’i Cravalho, this live stream of the EPCOT spectacular will be accompanied by a live orchestra and ensemble of international vocalists! Harmonious Live! will air Tuesday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET. Will you be tuning in?
- Victoria & Albert's will reopen its doors at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa July 28! The recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award since 2000 and the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award since 2018 (the only restaurant in Florida with these accolades) is renowned for its delectable, elegant offerings paired with a world-class wine collection. The newly-imagined dining room is waiting for you — and the private Queen Victoria's Room and Chef's Table experiences will return, as well. Reservations are available June 20.
- Darth Vader is back in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park! As a nod to "Obi-Wan Kenobi" streaming on Disney+, the Sith Lord himself will be available to meet in Star Wars Launch Bay.
- Father's Day is right around the corner, and if you are celebrating at Disney World, there are a ton of toadally cute and dad-inspired food offerings available to enjoy, such as the Milk Chocolate Ganache Tart and Bourbon Pairing pictured above, available at Disney's Riviera Resort. No matter where you're celebrating, Happy Father's Day!
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That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.