Summer nights at Walt Disney World Resort
will enchant theme park guests when glittering light magic, high
adventure, dance fever, thrills and chills set the after-dark
scene. From June 6 through Aug. 14, “Summer Nightastic!” lights up the
entertainment experience at the Vacation Kingdom with a megawatt parade,
a fireworks extravaganza, a rockin’ dance party, concerts and other
Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
and Epcot all present special events designed to add summertime energy
to the after-dark theme-park experience. At Magic Kingdom, thousands of
tiny lights illuminate the return of the beloved “Main Street
Electrical Parade,” and the elaborate new “Summer Nightastic!
Fireworks Spectacular” paints the night sky more brightly than ever.
“There’s a special energy in the parks at
night,” says Chris Oyen, show director for the “Summer Nightastic!
Fireworks Spectacular.” “It’s all about the magic and the sense of
adventure and mystery that nighttime possesses in the Magic Kingdom.”
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The
Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror adds new thrills and chills to
the mix for anyone who dares to enter the attraction’s infamous service
elevator for a ride into the “fifth dimension.” And on Hollywood
Boulevard, in the shadow of the 122-foot-tall Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat
icon, guests are invited to the Rock n’ Glow Dance Party, where a
DJ and live rock band keep popular tunes coming five nights a week.
Epcot, live “Sounds Like Summer” tribute-band concerts rock
guests each evening from June 12 to July 31 with familiar tunes ranging
from “Hotel California” to “Stayin’ Alive.”
multi-park festivities promise a veritable Cinderella-coach-full of
sensory surprises for all who visit during the 10-week-plus summer
Street Electrical Parade” – This classic pageant of illuminated
floats goes all the way back to 1972, when it first debuted at
Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. With 23 floats, more than half a million
tiny colorful lights, 80 performers, synthesizer music based on “Baroque
Hoedown,” and Disney theme songs woven in, the parade returns to Walt
Disney World Resort for the first time since 2001. A nostalgia trip for
many, this “crown jewel of summer” kicks off the season with lighting
effects, floats and characters new to Walt Disney World Resort.
Tinker Bell waves
her magic wand from the basket of a dazzling balloon float. The Tinker
Bell float alone generates more than “25,000 points of light,” says
Paul Chychota, the parade’s production manager.
Pinocchio and the
boys from the classic film’s Pleasure Island sequence join the parade
in Magic Kingdom this year, and Snow White appears with the Seven Dwarfs
on a Diamond Mine float glittering with colorful gems.
strobes of “pixie-dust” light the parade trail as a treasury of classic
Disney stories comes to life. Floats feature enhanced effects and,
though the music stays true to the original parade, the score’s dynamics
soar to greater heights thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Chychota
Beloved floats like the “Honor America”
finale display – featuring the American flag and giant American eagle –
return, along with costumed characters like Alice in Wonderland, Mickey
Mouse and Goofy.
Nightastic! Fireworks Spectacular” – Magic Kingdom presents
more after-dark magic when the sky explodes with vivid color and visual
effects that tell a thrilling story headlined by fairies and pirates.
this show, we’re making the skies come alive – we’re not just going to
immerse you, we’re going to surprise you, too,” says show director Oyen.
fireworks are accompanied by a whimsical score of classic Disney tunes
and theme music from the hit film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
of the Black Pearl.”
Godmother from “Cinderella” and other famous fairies star in the
perimeter around Magic Kingdom will expand by 25 percent for the summer
show. No matter where you are in the park, you’ll be surrounded by the
Captain Hook and his band of buccaneers burst onto the scene to seize
the park’s Cinderella Castle. Disney’s creative entertainment team
designed fireworks that tell the story, including a skull-and-crossbones
display and other visual effects convincing enough to make you believe
the castle is under siege.
“We’re constantly innovating, pushing
ourselves to be more creative with the kind of pictures we paint in the
sky – we’re trying to make the skies come to life and dance,” Oyen says.
Frights at Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – If you think you’ve
been to the “fifth dimension” and survived The Twilight Zone Tower of
Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, think again. Surprise
enhancements to this headline attraction are programmed to deliver even
greater levels of special-effects frights just for the “Summer
Rock ‘n Glow Dance Party –
Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests are invited to trip the light
fantastic at a rockin’ dance party every Tuesday and Thursday through
Sunday. A DJ and a special engagement rock band play sizzling summer
sounds beginning three hours before park closing on Hollywood Boulevard.
Watch for popular Disney characters to step into the dance party
Like Summer” -- Blasts from the past are in store at Epcot,
where the curtain rises on popular rock-band tributes June 12 at the
park’s America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Each evening through
July 31 at 5:45, 7 and 8:15 p.m., “Sounds Like Summer” tribute-band
concerts drum up lots of nostalgia with hot tunes and cool riffs, from
“Satisfaction” to “Saturday in the Park.” The lineup (subject to
12-19: Stayin' Alive – A Tribute to The Bee Gees
June 20-26: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
June 27-July 3: To Be Announced
July 4-10: Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones Tribute Band
July 11-17: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
July 18-24: 2U– A Tribute to U2
July 25-31: Beginnings – A Tribute to Chicago
can Learn more about “Summer Nightastic!” and check out deals for
summer travel by visiting www.disneyworld.com/night or by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or a
local travel agent. All special summer events are included in regular