Summer is quickly winding down at Walt Disney World and while this typically busy season hasn’t been as crowded as many (including us!) originally predicted, it did bring more than a half a dozen new rides and attractions to the four theme parks around the resort. However, if you’re thinking that there’s nothing to look forward to now that Frozen Ever After, Soarin’ Around the World, and all the other new attractions that made their debut this summer are all open, you’d be mistaken. Here are five exciting things to look forward to this fall at Walt Disney World.
1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom finally gets the nighttime spectacular it deserves
Though Disney has been very quiet about what’s going on with the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular, the rumor mill has ramped up in recent days, and barges from this show have begun testing again periodically during operating hours on the Discovery River. When you couple these tests with the fact that the Jungle Book: Alive with Magic currently looks like it will close on Labor Day, and it seems almost certain that we are looking at a fall opening date for this new (albeit delayed), nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
While Disney has yet to confirm an opening date (and we have a feeling that evening hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom might be put on pause for a few weeks or months after Labor Day) it seems almost certain that we will see this new show debut before the holiday season kicks off in November, possibly even as soon as October.
2. The Magic Kingdom hits a milestone
Though all eyes have been on Disneyland for the past year and a half thanks to the dazzling 60th anniversary celebration (which somehow lasted nearly two years), the Magic Kingdom will be having its own milestone celebration on October 1, 2016, when the park celebrates its 45th anniversary. Although we probably won’t see a big celebration for this milestone, Disney has confirmed that there will be some commemorative merchandise available for the celebration, and we’d be really surprised if there wasn’t some special in-park entertainment planned this fall to acknowledge this important anniversary.