Summer used to be Walt Disney World’s Peak Season. Not anymore! 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, let’s chat about what you can find at Walt Disney World this summer.
Surviving Walt Disney World This Summer
While it’s true that schools do still let kids out in the summer and that families still do vacation at Walt Disney World. It’s also true that as the climate gets more extreme and Florida Summers can get unbearable. Be sure to check out our tips for Surviving the Heat in Florida at Disney this summer. 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.
- 1 Walt Disney World Summer
- 2 The Flower and Garden Festival | EPCOT Park
- 3 H20 Glow Nights | Typhoon Lagoon Park
- 4 Disney Fireworks and Spectaculars
- 5 The Food and Wine Festival | EPCOT Park
- 6 Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola | EPCOT Park
- 7 Vacation Fun-Mickey Shorts Theater | Hollywood Studios
- 8 Festival of the Lion King | Animal Kingdom
- 9 Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
- 10 Remy’s Ratatouille Courtyard | EPCOT Park
- 11 Summer Snacks at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World Summer
What is there to do at Walt Disney World in the Summer of 2023? What else can you look forward to besides the basic Disney experience? Here’s your roundup of festivals, events, and the Best Disney Rides and Attractions When it’s Hot at Walt Disney World. Here’s everything you can find happening at Walt Disney World this summer.
The Flower and Garden Festival | EPCOT Park
Believe it or not, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World this summer you can still catch the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival if you’re vacationing before July. This festival combines the best foods, fun, and beautiful topiaries you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out the Flower and Garden Festival Menus and everything else you can do at Flower and Garden if you’re traveling in early summer!
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Guide for Beginners
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: What’s New?
- Flower and Garden Festival Tips and Tricks
- Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival Checklist
H20 Glow Nights | Typhoon Lagoon Park
H20 Glow Nights returns to Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park this summer. Offered select Saturday nights May-August from 8-11 pm, you get 3 hours of fun after the park closes. Complete with low waits, exclusive glow-themed snacks, and free popcorn, select ice-cream treats and beverages to enjoy! This is a ticketed event with limited availability. Grab your H20 Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon tickets here.
Disney Fireworks and Spectaculars
Fireworks and shows are part of every Walt Disney World vacation this summer! Each Park has something special to share. Hollywood Studios shares the Wonderful World of Color on the Chinese Theater, and Fantasmic. Magic Kingdom features a fireworks show. Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life Awakenings on days with longer park hours. And EPCOT finishes the night with a nighttime spectacular.
The Food and Wine Festival | EPCOT Park
And if you’re traveling in late summer this year you’ll have plenty of time to experience the Food and Wine Festival! Starting in July, this festival has new foods, Remy’s Scavenger Hunt Game, classes, and more! Be sure to check out the Food and Wine Menus to help you get a start on the planning. Here is everything you can do at the Food and Wine Festival this year!
- Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Guide
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival For Beginners
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids
- International Food & Wine Festival Guide
Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola | EPCOT Park
If you have been missing the Beverly, take care in knowing that Club Cool is Back! And summer is the best time to head Club Cool for a refreshing break. This new space celebrates Coca-Cola in “a fresh new way,” while bringing the global Coca-Cola tasting experience to life!
Vacation Fun-Mickey Shorts Theater | Hollywood Studios
Another newer Disney Attraction, the Mickey Shorts Theater features a 20-minute cartoon all about mickey! We love that this is a mash-up of our favorite Mickey Short episodes and gives us a reason to get out of the sun at Disney World. Check out our full review of the Mickey Shorts Theater at Hollywood Studios.
Festival of the Lion King | Animal Kingdom
The Festival of the Lion King at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom offers another wonderful break from the crowds, and heat during the summer months. By far one of the BEST shows on Disney property, we are excited to see this show anytime it’s offered.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a seasonal attraction at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom but typically returns each summer. This conservation-focused attraction is only accessible via a train ride and offered character meet and greets and a children’s farm. Check out everything happening at the Conservation Station.
Remy’s Ratatouille Courtyard | EPCOT Park
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is open in EPCOT France and offers an opportunity to stroll the streets of Paris. Head to this hidden part of the France Pavilion for some shade and visit the La Creperie de Paris for a quick authentic meal. There are benches and shaded alcoves in this area to help you get away from the sun on the midway. And Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure offers a largely indoor ride queue.
Summer Snacks at Walt Disney World
If we’re sure to see anything new at Walt Disney World this summer it’s Disney Snacks! Be sure to check out all the New Disney Snacks at Walt Disney World! We’ll be keeping them updated in our Disney Snacks section of the blog. Check out the Best Disney Snacks in each park and our favorite Kid-Friendly Drinks to beat the Heat at Walt Disney World.