Summer used to be Walt Disney World’s Peak Season. Not any more! With Disney deals galore, luring folks to the parks we’re sure the crowds will still be found, but what are you really going for? What events can you expect? Is there anything New? Without the seasonal festival at Epcot to lure you to Walt Disney World with new foods, lets chat about what you can find at Walt Disney World this summer.
Yes, it’s true that schools do still let kids out in the summer and that families still do vacation at Walt Disney World. But it’s also true that as the climate gets more extreme and Florida Summers can get unbearable. Ask any local and they’ll say you can find them at home in the air conditioning like any other clear-headed Floridian. Then of course, you can add in international tour groups, sports teams and summer conventions and the parks and we stick by our personal truth that we’d rather visit Walt Disney World in any other season.
That said, what is there to do at Walt Disney World in the Summer Months? With Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival finished the first week in June and Food and Wine Festival starting the last week in August, the summer gives you a true Diet Epcot feeling. But surely the parades, fireworks, rides and restaurants are all still in good working order and you can have your fill of Disney Magic just the same. True! So what else can you look forward to besides the basic Disney experience? Here’s everything you can find happening at Disney Parks this summer.
Walt Disney World Events Summer 2020
Disney After Hours | Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
This special event costs extra, a lot extra in fact, but we’ve been told that if you want priority access to rides, free range of the parks and lower crowds, this evening event is worth it. You also get access to ice cream bars, bottled beverages and popcorn throughout the evening. Event Exclusive merchandise is also available. The cost, we admit is somewhat prohibitive. But, if you’re adults traveling and want a fun nighttime party, this may be your best bet. After Hours, Disney Villains, and the evening Animal Kingdom event costs as much as a daytime ticket, but DVC members and Annual Passholders can get a discount. Grab tickets here.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
Re-Opens Summer 2020
Rafiki’s Planet Watch was officially taken off the Disney docket last year due to low attendance and a need to redistribute resources across a very busy Animal Kingdom. This conservation focused attraction was only accessible via train ride and offered character meet and greets and a children’s farm. This year Walt Disney World is bringing the attraction back completely refreshed with Lion King elements, just in time for the new live-action Lion King film.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | Epcot
Add a fun kitchen calamity to Epcot France, this new area featuring a Remy fountain and Gusteau’s will now have a fun new ride. Featuring our favorite rat, Remy, from Ratatouille just happens to be underfoot in the kitchen and we’re along for the ride. Riders take the role of rat dodging all sorts of calamities that happen in the kitchen. As part of France in Epcot, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will join Frozen Ever After in Norway and the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico as the world Showcase’s most kid-friendly rides.
H20 Glow Nights | Typhoon Lagoon
May 27- Aug 29 Select Nights, Special Event
This is a super fun, Neon-filled party at Typhoon Lagoon. Taking advantage of all things needing cooled down in the summers, you can plan late nights at the water park, with some mini donuts at your side. Music, special foods and event merchandise plus lights make this event extra special. This is an extra ticketed event at 59 dollars a person. Much like the special events we see throughout the year, this will get you less crowds and the park more to yourself. The party starts at 7pm. Grab tickets here.
Typhoon Lagoon Adult Cove
This Adults-Only section called Adult Cove on the North shore of the island offers privacy, a bar, tv and live music. No ticket needed. For all guests 18 and older. A new offering at Typhoon Lagoon, this adult-only section of the park fills a need for adult travelers, so it may be here to stay! Also be on the lookout for seasonal offerings since the water parks are open year round.
Summer is HOT in Florida, but hopefully this quick lineup of everything to expect will make your vacay a little more magical!