Summer kicked off in grand fashion at Walt Disney World several weeks ago with the start of nighttime entertainment and attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, the resort will be really kicking it into high gear over the next seven days, with six new attractions opening across the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
With so many new attractions opening in such a short amount of time, you might be wondering if it will be possible to see everything new at Walt Disney World this summer. Fortunately, with a little planning and some smart timing, you can experience all the latest attractions without spending hours and hours in line.
Rope drop is essential at Epcot
Although the World Showcase isn’t typically open in the early morning, because of the twin openings of Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus, the back half of Epcot will be opening along with Future World at exactly 9:00AM every morning this summer. And that means that guests who are looking to be among the first to experience the Royal Sommerhus attraction (which does not offer FastPass+) or are heading to Frozen Ever After without a FastPass+ reservation will be sprinting past the entrance the second the park opens to be among the first to experience these attractions.
However, even though Frozen may be the priority for many guests, there’s another new attraction opening this week at Epcot that has been somewhat overshadowed by the Frozen takeover of Norway: Soarin’ Around the World. And if you want to experience both this attraction and the two Frozen additions, there's an easy way to do all three (and have plenty of time for everything else at Epcot too!)
Instead of following the crowd and springing for the World Showcase, head straight for The Land pavilion. Though there will definitely be some other guests heading this way as well, the crowds for Soarin' Around the World will be much smaller that those heading to the Frozen attractions early in the morning, and will give guests a chance to experience this new attraction without the two and three hour standby waits that will build throughout the day.
Though this is a great way to see Future World’s latest ride, that still leaves the two Frozen attractions. And here’s where an all-day plan of attack comes in handy. If you don’t want to wait two or three hours (each) for these attractions, the best way to minimize your wait time is to eat an early dinner and then head over to Norway around 6:00PM to wait for the Royal Sommerhus.
By this time most guests will be thinking about grabbing some dinner, so this meet and greet’s wait times should be more moderate. As soon as you are finished saying “Hallo!” to Anna and Elsa (they speak Norwegian, right?), you can then head over to Frozen Ever After right about the time guests start lining up for Illuminations, where you should find another moderate wait.
Interestingly, though FastPass+ reservations for this attraction's opening days are all gone, if you look at the rest of the summer, there is plenty of availability for this ride in the afternoon and evening hours, which is not only good news if you are trying to snag a last-minute FastPass+ reservation, but also seems to indicate that guest levels around this attraction will slow down in the evening. If you can grab a FastPass+ reservation right now for Frozen Ever After, by all means do it, but if you aren’t able to, a trip to this ride when the sun is about to set will ensure that you won’t wait very long.