This week at Walt Disney World has been VERY busy, with a new show debuting, Fantasmic! confirmed to be returning next year with new characters from Moana and Frozen, and a new look inside Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” for just one week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!
1. Fantasmic! returning next year with new characters from Frozen, Moana, and more
Disney has confirmed that nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! will be returning to Disney's Hollywood Studios next year. And in even more exciting news, when this show returns it will have new scenes, characters and special effects. Though Disney hasn't specifically said which characters will be included in the new show, the new concept art above offers a few hints, showing a snowflake from Frozen and an oar from Moana.
2. Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life debuts at Disney Springs
After a very lengthy development period and numerous delays due to COVID-19, Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life has finally had its grand opening at Disney Springs. Go inside the grand opening in the video above.
3. Festival of Fantasy parade to return alongside new cavalcade
Disney has announced that the Festival of Fantasy parade will be returning to the Magic Kingdom in 2022. But interestingly, Disney will also be keeping the sporadic character cavalcades, which are performed throughout the day on Main Street USA, including the all new Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade, which will feature the most characters of any cavalcade to date, including Nick and Judy from Zootopia, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, José Carioca and Panchito from The Three Caballeros, Miguel from Coco, plus Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and so many more!