How big is summer 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort? So big that only one word describes the attractions, shows, events and more awaiting summer guests: MONSTROUS.
Disney’s Monstrous Summer is packed with good times for all, whether it’s the first summer of fun in New Fantasyland or the nonstop thrills of a re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet. Here is our guide to having a MONSTROUS summer:
Walt Disney World’s “Monstrous” lineup includes entertainment enhancements celebrating the June 21 release of “Monsters University.” Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up surprises all summer long. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, check out the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Over at Magic Kingdom, the gang at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor have been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedy bits in honor of their alma mater.
Wilderness Explorers Comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will be invited to become Wilderness Explorers and experience the park in engaging and challenging ways aimed at deepening their understanding of animals and nature. Taking the official pledge, armed with field guides and earning sticker badges along the way as they complete their challenges, guests explore the park at their leisure. Aimed at ages 7-10 but fun for the entire family, Wilderness Explorers will be self-guided and encourage more “up close and personal” time with the animal inhabitants of the park (It’s included in Disney’s Animal Kingdom admission).
Strike Up Some Fun
Located in Downtown Disney, Splitsville Luxury Lanes offers an upscale bowling and dining experience that’s perfect for all ages. Spanning 50,000 square feet and two floors, Splitsville has 30 lanes and an impressive menu featuring fresh sushi rolls, gourmet burgers, hand-tossed pizzas and salads. This all-new spot, open from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., is a great hangout for friends and families day-and-night.
Surf And Relax!
Sunny skies make swimming possible year-round at Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort. The 53-acre themed water park provides plenty of splashing-good fun in the form of a water park escape to a tropical paradise left behind by a storm. Surfboards, fishing gear, boats, including the iconic shrimp boat, Ms. Tilly, once strewn about by a typhoon, adds to the ambiance. Other actives include snorkeling with sharks, stingrays and tropical fish in a coral reef, plunge down rushing rapids, sunbathing on the sandy beach and gliding down a lazy river.
The Magic Kingdom gets an upgrade! Walt Disney World Resort’s New Fantasyland the largest expansion in the 41-year history of the Magic Kingdom. Originally 10 acres, it now spans 21! The New Fantasyland also has not just one castle – but three! Cinderella’s Castle is still the heart of Magic Kingdom but Prince Eric of "The Little Mermaid" and the beast from "Beauty and the Beast" also have castles in the Magic Kingdom to call home.
Add An Extra Dash of Pixie Dust with Limited Time Magic
Magical experiences in all shapes and sizes that appear and disappear as the next special surprise debuts will continue with a weeklong Independence Day celebration highlighting the summer season, part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Independence Week will be red, white and blue as Disney Parks celebrates America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party – for an entire week.
Explore Mexican Art At Epcot
Epcot World Showcase has been a “showplace” of nations since its grand opening in 1982. But beyond the pagodas in Japan and the longboats in Norway lies a whole other world, treating art lovers to museum-quality galleries. Since early galleries in Japan and Morocco, the opportunities for art appreciation have grown with the addition of galleries in Norway, China and Mexico.
On view in the Mexico pavilion is ‘La Vida Antigua: Life in Ancient Mexico,’ showcasing brightly colored representatives of Ancient Mexican culture. Discover the daily lives of the Maya, Aztec and Toltec civilizations in Ancient Mexico. These great Mesoamerican cultures that are centuries old, flourished in present day Mexico and developed some of the largest and most sophisticated civilizations in the Western Hemisphere.
Get In The Driver’s Seat
Test Track Presented by Chevrolet puts you in the driver’s seat for a thrilling experience and immersion into the world of auto design and performance. As part of the new interactive queue, guests are invited to create their own virtual concept vehicles prior to buckling into their 6-person “SimCar” ride vehicle and putting their design through its paces on the exhilarating hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit.
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests get a real summer treat as Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First have been added to the onstage fun. Joining the latest, most popular characters and stories from the Disney Junior line-up on television. Sofia the First as a series premiered earlier this year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Come to Your ‘Senses’
Senses, A Disney Spa At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is inspired by the healing properties of natural springs that have drawn people for centuries to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. A completely redesigned space, Senses, A Disney Spa At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, features 10 treatment rooms offering an array of services including water therapy, massage and facials.